• Price:
    $1,125 per person
    Price is based on 4 people joining the tour and double occupancy lodge rooms (*more info)
  • Ride Type:
    Ride the Valley and the Backcountry
    • A combination of riding the trails around our base of operations, and exploring backcountry single track that leads you back to the valley in a day
  • MTB Skill Rating
    Intermediate to Advanced
  • Fitness Rating
    level 2 or 3
  • Daily Ride Time:
    4-7 hours
  • Duration:
    3 days / 2 nights accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

    – a popular tour early season (June), when snow typically prevents us from visiting and riding the trails furthest back

Trip Introduction:

This tour combines riding and exploring some of the best single track both around, and within a day’s ride of, our base of operations – whilst enjoying the comforts of home and luxury provided at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing.

On the afternoon of day 1 you will meet your guide/s and explore the local trails around our base of operations, staying at the lodge that evening.

On day 2 you and your guide/s will take a spectacular float plane flight from our base into a stunning alpine lake. From here you will ride classic backcountry Chilcotin single track back to the valley over the course of the day, spending another night at the lodge.

On day 3 you will pedal from our base of operations, or a local trail head. Continuing to explore the trails in the area on another fun filled, full day guided ride.

Pre-trip Information:

Guided Tour includes:

  • A half day riding on the valley trails around our base of operations
  • A full day ride that will begin with a floatplane flight from our base into an alpine lake
  • A full day ride without a flight start – pedal from our base or a local trail head
  • An experienced, friendly and professional mountain bike guide
  • 2 nights double occupancy accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing Resort (complimentary buffet breakfast included only)
  • A delicious and nutritious packed lunch for days 2 and 3 – bring your own on day 1
  • Vehicle shuttles as required
  • Stories and experiences that will last a lifetime

Essential Items – see picture here

A 20 litre pack at minimum as you need to carry the items below on your daily rides:

  • A personal facemask
  • Lunch and snacks – bring your own on Day 1, provided on Days 2 and 3
  • 2 to 3 litres of water each day
  • Typical trail side repair tools, a spare tube, any bike specific spare parts – such as derailleur hanger
  • Personal medications necessary – including Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen
  • Light weight and packable jacket that is ideally water proof/wind proof
  • Bear Spray and know how to use it (recommend 1 between 2 people)

Optional Items (if space and weight permits)

  • Phone or camera for photos
  • A small travel size bottle of sunscreen and/or bug spray if feel necessary

Additional items to bring for your 2 nights stay at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing

  • Personal toiletries
  • A change of riding clothes if you deem necessary
  • Casual clothes for evenings at the lodge

Day 1: Half day ride on trails located in the valley totalling 3-5 hours

StatsExpect to ride a total distance of ~ 15 – 25kms, and to climb/descend 400 – 700 m.

After meeting your guide/s you will spend the afternoon riding the best cross-country single track in the valley from our base of operations (bring your own lunch and/or snacks for the ride)

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 breathtaking views and sublime single track you will experience over the next two days. 

And remember, for every descent there must first come some physical effort. So be prepared to pedal up a little!

Day 2: Spruce Lake Main Trail, Gun Meadows, Gun Creek Trail to Gun Creek Road

Stats: ~25 kms,  + 145 m / – 864 m

This remarkable single day adventure begins with a 15 minute flight from our base of operations into Spruce lake that sits on the edge of the alpine at 1500 meters.

From here your guide/s will lead you on a scenic roughly 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 (if they are in bloom), open meadows that are dotted with aspen groves and that offer spectacular views , and along the banks of Gun Creek.

This ride will take you anywhere from 4 – 6 hours, and will end with a shuttle pickup that will bring you back to the resort.

Day 3: Option to pedal from a local trailhead into the alpine (Taylor Creek/Camels Pass), OR to pedal from our base and ride the trails in the valley

Stats: ~15 to 25 kms, (+ 930 m / – 950 m if choose to ride Taylor Creek/Camels Pass)

After checking out of your lodge room/s, you and your guide/s will meet and come up with a game plan for the day. There are some fun and different options to consider.

You could decide to pedal gradually into the sub alpine, and to do 30 to 45-minutes of hike a bike, to access and ride some classic Chilcotin single track back to our base. You could expect the day to involve roughly 950 metres of climbing total, and to be on the trails for between 5 to 7 hours.

Or you could choose to ride from our base and explore the trails in the valley. Although you can expect to have to do some climbing, your day will not involve 1000 metres of elevation gain and no hike a bike typically. You can let your guide know how long you would like to be on the trails for, and together you can work out a fun filled route.

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 to our base of operations on the shores of Tyaughton Lake. Saving you come significant drive time and offering you the opportunity to fly over alpine meadows and lakes, and past ancient glaciers.

Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our charter flight page – click here – for options and pricing.

Premium Performance Apparel

We have partnered with 7mesh apparel and Osprey Packs to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel and backpacks available.

As premium performance brands we couldn’t think of better partners to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to mountain biking apparel and backpacks

Frequently Asked Trip Questions:

Yes, so come prepared to do so with a suitably sized backpack-recommend 20 litre pack as a minimum.

Yes. You must have a good amount of experience mountain biking and be a strong intermediate rider at minimum (see our self rating scale here).

Riders must be comfortable with changing gears, braking, mounting and dismounting their bike in uneven terrain.

Riders should have the ability to pedal and/or walk with their bike uphill for short to long periods of time, and they must be comfortable descending moderately technical downhill sections. Riders must be able to ride in control at all times.

The trails on day 2 and 3 can be considered backcountry in nature. The riding overall is cross-country/all mountain in style.

You can expect a mixture of the following, depending on the route ridden:

  • Rolling single track terrain made up of some ups and downs, combined with some flatter sections of trail,
  • Sections of trail that are sandy and soft,
  • Occasional short up hills that require a good base level of fitness, and a burst of effort to ride or a small hike-a-bike,
  • Sections of somewhat technically challenging trail, riding over roots and rocks. Requires good bike handling skills and good concentration,
  • Some short sections of single track that can be a little off camber and/or slightly exposed.

You will need only the usual biking essentials that you typically wear.

But please note some recommendations below regarding your helmet, bike shorts, biking shoes and body armor so that you come best prepared:

  • Full faced helmet is not recommended
  • Durable and comfortable mountain bike shorts. Lycra shorts are not practical for a backcountry experience.
  • Mountain bike specific shoes. Low cut, light weight cross country style mountain bike shoes are not recommended. Bring shoes that provide a good amount of ankle support, and that have a solid sole.
  • Body armor is not recommended. However, if you feel more confident wearing it you are welcome to pack it. You will be responsible for carrying it at all times.

We strongly recommend you bring a dual-suspension (fork at the front and shock in the rear) mountain bike designed for cross-country/all mountain trails that has hydraulic disk breaks, not V-Brakes. Downhill style bikes and fat bikes are not recommended.

Your bike should be well maintained and ideally recently serviced. The working condition of the brakes (including the amount of brake pads remaining), the shifting of gears, state of the tires, bolt tightness, cable housings, and derailleur alignment should all be good.