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 Rating
    Intermediate to Advanced
  • Fitness Rating
    level 2 or 3
  • Daily Ride Time:
    4-7 hours
  • Duration:
    3 Days

Tour includes: 2 nights accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing Resort, all meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 3, one float plane flight, 3 days guided mountain biking, shuttles as needed for planned rides

Itinerary

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.

Find Your Ability

Beginner

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Intermediate

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Advanced

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Frequently Asked Questions

Technical Skill

  • Advanced Novice – You enjoy riding singletrack that has small obstacles that may include roots and rocks that are a couple inches tall, as well as some mud and sand. You understand how to shift your gears and are often able to shift your gears in response to terrain. You are learning how to use both front and back brakes to control your speed, and to be comfortable and reasonably balanced standing up off your seat while descending. You are just learning how to climb effectively. Exposure is still intimidating.
     
  • Intermediate – You are comfortable riding singletrack that has various obstacles including tight trees, mud, small loose rock, roots, and sand. You are able to mostly shift gears in response to terrain demands and use both front and rear brakes to control your speed. Descents are fun as long as they do not contain any obstacles and everything is easily and visibly rollable. You are practicing shifting your weight forward while climbing over technical terrain. Exposure with little to no consequence is fine.
  • Advanced – You love riding singletrack and aren’t deterred by obstacles including roots and rocks that are up to 6” tall, loose sand and rock, mud, tight trees and corners. You are able to shift gears in response to terrain and modulate both front and back brakes in steep terrain. Descending is super fun and you are not intimidated by long descents with obstacles. You are able to climb technical singletrack and understand how to shift your body weight to achieve ultimate traction. Exposure is acceptable on moderate trails.
  • Expert – You love to ride your bike in all terrain. Tight trees and corners, loose rock and sand, long descents with obstacles are all welcomed challenges that make the ride more fun. Modulating both front and rear brakes in varied terrain is a given, and shifting your body weight over your bike to respond to the terrain is brainless. Long descents with obstacles are exciting, and exposure with reasonable consequences often goes unnoticed.

Fitness Level

  • Level 1 – exercise weekly and are reasonably fit. could ride at a comfortable pace for 3 – 4 hours including 45 min climbs
  • Level 2 – exercise 2 or 3 times a week with a focus on fitness. could ride up to 6 hours a day at a moderate pace, including 1.5 hour climbs, for a few days
  • Level 3 – exercise 3 or 4 times a week and are very fit. could ride up to 8 hours a day at a good pace, with 2 hour climbs, for multiple days

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.

Full Gear Support

Enjoy your multi-day adventure without the burden of a heavy pack. Let our team of horses transport 20lbs of your personal gear to camp daily, so you can arrive at camp with more energy and coveted fresh personal items waiting.

Resort Nights

Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa rests on the shores of Tyaughton Lake on the border of the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park. The Resort is our summer home base where our activity desk greets guests, and where our float plane docks. For those looking for a bit of luxury and indulgence, a night(s) at the resort before or after your adventure might be just what’s in order. Choose from amenities including full spa services, deluxe rooms, fine dining, lakeside recreation and bar service.

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.

What our Guests say…

“Trip of a lifetime! I can’t wait until the day I can ride there all over again!”

- 2016

“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.”

- 2016