3 Day Gold Rush Mountain Bike Tour – Resort Based
This tour combines some of the best trails the South Chilcotin Mountains has to offer plus the thrill of a floatplane flight to Spruce or Warner Lake and the comforts of home and luxury at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing. Each day our guides will take you on a unique, quality ride through our spectacular mountain biking paradise, at the end of the day we’ll bring you back to Tyax Resort where you can take full advantage of the Resort amenities and rest up for your next day’s adventure.
- Price:$1,250 per person (double occupancy, min group of 4)
- Ride Type:Cross-country; some technical downhill sections; some hike-a-bike
- MTB Skill RatingIntermediate to Advanced
- Fitness Ratinglevel 2 or 3
- Daily Ride Time:4-7 hours
- Duration:3 Days
Day 1: Half day ride on trails located in the valley totaling 3-5 hours
Stats: Expect to ride a total distance of 7 – 20kms, and climb/descend 400 – 700 m.
After meeting your guide you will spend the afternoon riding the best cross-country single track in the valley. This day is focused on warming up the legs, exploring skill level, and ironing out any bike maintenance issues. The valley trails tend to be a mix of sand and ancient volcanic ash and will give you an initial and small taste of the breath taking views and sublime single track you will experience over the next two days. And remember, for every descent in the Chilcotin Mountains there must first come some physical effort, so be prepared to pedal up!
Day 2: Taylor Creek Trail to Camel Pass, High Trail to Molly Dog, to Pepper Dog, to Kens Trail to Tyax Resort
Stats: ~ 24 kms, + 930 m / – 950 m
Today starts with a short van shuttle to a trail head from which we will ride into the alpine and deep into the backcountry. Today you will be fully immersed in what riding bikes in the South Chilcotin is all about; lots of gradual to steep pedaling, hike-a-bike to gain passes, jaw dropping views, remote wilderness, and out of this world dreamy single track descents. From the trailhead expect to gradually ride roughly 10km up a primarily double wide quad track to a historic sub alpine cabin. A great spot to rest and fuel up before the final 2 km pedal/hike-a-bike up single track to Camel Pass. Once in the alpine atop Camel Pass, your effort will be instantaneously rewarded with stunning views and an endless single track decent awaiting. From Camel Pass you will descend a moderate to slightly technical trail that brings you down into the vast valley below. Eventually you will reach Molly Dog, a trail that uses the natural contours and elevation losses/gains of the surrounding terrain perfectly. Expect to ride through open to tight forested sections, losing elevation quickly at times, and to enter more sand/volcanic ash terrain as you get closer to valley bottom. Once at valley bottom pedal a short while back to the resort.
Day 3: Spruce Lake Main Trail, Gun Meadows, Gun Creek Trail to Gun Creek Road
Stats: 25 kms, + 145 m / – 864 m
This remarkable adventure begins with a 20 minute flight into Spruce lake that sits on the edge of the alpine at 1500 meters. From here your guide will lead you on a scenic 25 km rolling single track cross country ride that includes sweeping downhills, scenic traverses, and short uphill pedals. You can expect to travel through fields of wildflowers, open meadows and aspen groves, and along the banks of a rushing mountain river. This ride will take you anywhere from 3 – 6 hours and will end with a shuttle pickup that will bring you back to the Resort.
Customize Your Trip
Here are a few added service offerings that can make your trip extra special! Please contact us to learn more about these custom opportunities.
Door to Door Flight Service
We are happy to pick you up with our DeHavilland Beaver float plane from a destination near you, and fly you directly into the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains where the magic awaits. Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our flight page for details.
Premium Performance Apparel
We have partnered with 7mesh apparel to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel. As a premium performance brand located in the Sea-to-Sky corridor we couldn’t think of a better partner to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to apparel comfort and performance. As a valued guest, we can help outfit you with the some of the best apparel for mountain biking available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Accommodations and getting here
What are the Resort accommodations like?
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa offers accommodation in their Resort Rooms. Visit www.tyax.com for more information.
Are my valuables secure at Tyax Resort & camping?
We recommend you avoid bringing valuables with you if possible. Tyax Adventures, Tyax Resort and other accommodation partners are not responsible for the loss of valuables while on their tours or premises. Please ensure you keep valuables on you at all times.
Where is Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa?
Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Resort is located approximately five hours by car north of Vancouver and 1.5 hours west of Lillooet. The resort is nestled in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, a 72,000-hectare area boasting some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and biking in BC. Tyax Resort offers Resort Room accommodations and a variety of services. Please visit or www.tyax.com for more information.
How do I get to Tyax Resort?
Several modes of ground and air transportation are available from Vancouver and Whistler. They include Tyax Adventures floatplane transfers, ground transportation to Whistler (Greyhound, Perimeter, private limousine) and rail (Rocky Mountaineer). You can also access Tyax Resort by private vehicle either from Pemberton (via the Hurley), or from Lillooet. Directions are available on www.tyaxair.com.
Where can I stay in Vancouver and/or Whistler?
There are many accommodation options in Vancouver and Whistler. Visit www.whistler.com (Tourism Whistler) and www.tourismvancouver.com (Tourism Vancouver) for rates, availability and to book your accommodation.
General – all tours
What are the tipping guidelines?
When your guiding and hosting team provided service that went above and beyond, in Canada it is customary in the outdoor adventure industry to express your appreciation through a cash gratuity. A gratuity is not mandatory, but if you would like to recognize the work of your team in this fashion, our recommended guideline is 10-15% of the total value of your trip.
As it takes many people – both frontline and behind the scenes – to ensure your trip is the amazing adventure you hope for, our policy is to pool all gratuities and split them amongst the whole team. To accommodate this, we ask that you pay any tips to our Guest Experience Coordinator at the activity desk, or arrange for payment through our reservations staff.
Should I bring my own snacks?
Plenty of food and snacks will be available during the trip, however, you are welcome to bring your preferred snacks. Should you bring your own, remember to never leave them in your tent or backpack unattended. Bears and other animals are a concern and will chew through anything to get to your food.
Is alcohol allowed?
Tyax Resort has a bar where you can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For multi- day trips, you are required to pre-book your alcohol with us before arriving at Tyax Resort or arrange your own.
What if I have special diet requests?
If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip (i.e. before you arrive at Tyax Resort) so that we can make the necessary allowances, if possible.
My question is specific to women…
Ladies should bring feminine hygiene products in plastic zip-lock bags. Please bring extra zip-locks for disposal after use. Please remember, your guides, female or male, have spent many days with groups in the backcountry. They have heard your question before and will always be mindful of your privacy.
What if I have additional questions?
Please visit www.tyaxadventures.com, by email at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.
What our Guests say…
“Trip of a lifetime! I can’t wait until the day I can ride there all over again!”
“The first day was the best single day outdoor adventure I’ve had. Scenery that can’t be beat, hike a bike, geology in action, flowers, meadows, grasslands, forest, adventure, dynamite single track and most importantly camaraderie. I’m ready to go again.”