- Your choice of a scenic floatplane flight to an alpine lake to start your tour (from our base, or any other destination-such as Whistler or Vancouver) OR peddle into the the park via a local trail head.
- 4 full days of riding remote, at times challenging – but always fun – single track.
- Some hike a bike, depending ultimately on routes taken – see FAQ’s below
- An experienced, friendly and professional mountain bike guide.
- All healthy and nutritious meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3. Includes cooked dinner and breakfast when staying in our camps, and supplies to make your own lunch for on the trail’s day 2 and 3. You will be provided with a pre made lunch on day 1.
(let us know if you have any allergies,/dietary requirements as we’re happy to cater for these).
- 3 nights double occupancy accommodation in our backcountry camps (see details on our backcountry camps below)
- Unbeatable mountain vistas and stories for a lifetime
What’s included when staying at our Backcountry camps:
- A camp host to set up and maintain camp.
- A cozy bed in a dual occupancy canvas walled tent (2 people per tent typically)
- Three meals a day when in the mountains. Includes a hot breakfast and dinner prepared by the host, and self prepared and packed lunches for on the trails. A packed lunch prepared by Tyax Adventures is also included on your first day.
- Filtered water to fill your hydration packs and bottles.
- Sleeping bags, sleeping pad/mattresses, and pillows.
- Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings.
- Crocs footwear to wear while in and around camp.
- Outdoor hot showers with soap.
- An outdoor pit toilet that is basic in nature but fully stocked
- If ordered and paid for in advance – beer, wine and/or cider. Alcohol must be pre-ordered at least 30 days in advance and will be waiting for you at your desired camp location.
- The opportunity to dry out wet clothes and/or shoes, with a wood fired stove (this means you can travel even lighter!)
At Spruce Camp only, take advantage of our 3 fishing boats to head out onto the lake for some of the best fishing in the park. A fishing licence is mandatory.
What to bring
Essential Items –see picture here
A 30 to 40 litre pack as you need to carry the items below:
- Lunch, snacks provided by Tyax Adventures and 2 to 3 litres of water daily.
PRO TIP – opportunity to fill from creeks/streams if do not wish to carry a lot of water
- 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
- A change of riding/camp clothes as you deem necessary.
PRO TIP – wear the next days riding clothes in camp the night prior
PRO TIP – opportunity to wash cloths in nearby creeks and dry out overnight with wood fired stoves
- Personal toiletries (soap is provided, but not hair care products etc.)
PRO TIP – pack travel sized toothpaste, shampoo etc.-not full size
- Head lamp
- A sleeping bag liner/cotton sheet for in camp – see here
- A pillow case
- Small, packable camp towel (hot shower available) – see here
Optional Items (if space and weight permits)
- Light weight puffy jacket for in camp in the evenings (fleeces are provided)
- Hat/toque, tights for in camp in the evenings (depending on the time of year visiting)
- Phone or camera for photos
- Personal charging device for phone/camera
- Travel sized personal sunscreen and/or bug spray if feel necessary
Sample Intermediate Itinerary
Day 1: Lorna Lake, Big Creek Trail, Graveyard Valley, Elbow Pass, Tyaughton Creek Headwaters & Bear Paw Camp
Stats: ~ 25 kms, + 600 m / – 807 m
Start your trip off with a unique and surreal floatplane flight through the South Chilcotins into the majestic Lorna Lake. A stunning turquoise glacial lake nestled between looming mountain peaks far from civilisation. Once bikes are unloaded, and the necessary photos are taken, you will gear up and ride a short distance to the northern end of Lorna Lake, connecting with Big Creek Trail. For the next 10 kmsyou will follow Big Creek trail to its junction with Graveyard Creek trail, riding through a wide open valley that is bordered by volcanic hills and ridges. Expect a mix of forested sections and low lying meadows, with some short climbs and flowy segments of trail. Also expect some scrambling over log “bridges” to cross side creeks and wet feet, particularly when crossing Big Creek itself once. You will then enter and travel 8 kms through Graveyard Valley – a gentle, wide and historic valley. Take note of the infamous battle grounds of the St’at’imc and Tsilhqot’in Indigineous peoples, which gives graveyard valley its namesake. As the valley begins to narrow you will turn south and pedal and hike-a-bike up 300m to Elbow pass situated high in the alpine, before descending the days final 5kms of ultimate singletrack and 550m into the headwaters of Tyaughton creek and Bear Paw Camp where you will rest and re-charge for the night.
Day 2: Lorna Pass Trail to Lorna Pass and back and/or Little Paradise Creek Trail to Relay Coland back
Stats: Bear Paw Camp to Lorna Pass and back ~ 10 kms, + 480 m / – 480 m : Bear Paw Camp to Relay Col and back ~ 10.5 kms, + 505 m / – 505 m
Today there exists the possibility to go big and pedal/hike-a-bike close to 1000 m by combining Lorna Pass and Relay Col trail options, or to take a slightly smaller day by riding one of the two trail choices. Whatever your choice you will not be disappointed, as from atop both Lorna Pass and Relay Col you are treated to stunning views of impressive peaks, glacial formed valleys and rich orange, red, and pink coloured rock bands. Add to this the reward for all your efforts in gaining the pass and/or the col, two of the best descents in the region, and you are in for a great day.
To reach Lorna Pass, shortly after leaving Bear Paw camp you will pedal and hike-a-bike up 500 m over 5 kms. Pay attention to trail features and flow as you make your way up it, as you will be descending back down this same route. You are certain to spend some time taking in the incredible views atop Lorna Pass as you gaze down into both South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park and Big Creek Park. Once you’ve fully soaked in the vista, your descent will start with riding a well beaten trail to tree line through a vast grassy alpine valley/meadow, with a mostly gentle to moderate grade. From tree line the trail descends through meadows and open forest, steeply at times, back to Bear Paw Camp.
To reach Relay Col, shortly after leaving Bear Paw camp you will pedal and hike-a-bike up 500 m over roughly 5 kms. Pay attention to trail features and flow as you make your way up to the col, as you will be descending back down this route. From Relay Col you will have views of towering rocky peaks, weathered alpine ridges, beautiful grassy meadows and vibrant coloured rock bands. Once you’ve filled up on the stunning views, your descent will start with riding a moderately steep, loose and rocky alpine ridge to tree line. From tree line the trail descends through forested slopes, steep at times, before entering a large grassy meadow with a gentle grade. The final section of trail winds nicely, side hilling at times, through medium grade open forest. Once at the valley bottom, pedal a short distance back to Bear Paw Camp.
Day 3: Tyaughton Creek Trail, WD Trail, Spruce Creek Trail & Spruce Camp
Stats: ~ 16.5kms, + 340 m / – 504 m
Today you will ride through alternating forest and meadows on route to Spruce Camp. Be prepared for four major creek crossings, a few short steep climbs with some smooth and flowing downhill, technical rooty sections, and some side hilling. For most of the day you will be riding parallel to Tyaughton Creek, and will be offered awe inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and ridge lines. After crossing Tyaughton Creek for the final time you will do a short push/pedal before enjoying a gradual descent into our camp at the north end of Spruce Lake. Once at camp you can walk a short distance to the shores of Spruce Lake, where row boats and fishing rods await, or take the time to explore the surrounding slopes for fossils and viewpoints.
Day 4: Main Trail, Gun Meadows, Gun Creek Trail to Gun Creek Road
Stats: ~ 23km, + 250m / -834m
Today is nothing short of the grand finale! Shortly after setting out from Spruce Camp you will begin riding through wide open alpine meadows that offer you one final opportunity to gasp at incredible views and spot wildlife, before descending into the valley far below you on smooth and flowy single track. Once in the valley you will ride parallel to Gun Creek for a lot of the remainder of your day, with beautiful single track twisting and swooping through forest. The terrain will noticeably become more a mix of sand and volcanic ash as your day progresses, and although you will be losing elevation, in typical Chilcotin fashion there are still some short climbs. Upon arriving at Gun Creek Road, which sadly is where you trip ends, our shuttle van will be waiting to drive you back to the lodge.
Sample Advanced Itinerary
Day 1 : Relay Creek, Graveyard Valley, Big Creek, Elbow Pass, Tyaughton Creek Headwaters & Bear Paw Camp
Stats: 45 kms / + 1350 m / – 1069 m
Day one is a significant cross country day traveling through vast, remote historic valleys that see little traffic, and finishes with a classic alpine pass and descent. The day will begin with an hour van shuttle to the relay creek trail head where you will jump into the saddle and begin a gradual 500 m ascent for 10kms up a remote valley. A short decent will follow as you enter into the graveyard valley. You will then travel through this gentle, wide and historic valley for 8kms taking note of the infamous battle grounds of the St’at’imc and Tsilhqot’in Indigineous peoples and give graveyard valley its namesake. As the valley begins to narrow you will turn south and pedal and hike-a-bike up 300m to Elbow pass situated high in the alpine, before descending the days final 5kms of ultimate singletrack and 550m into the headwaters of Tyaughton creek and Bear Paw Camp where you will rest and re-charge for the night.
Day 2: Lorna Pass, Big Creek, Graveyard Valley, Little Graveyard Valley, Little Paradise Creek, Manson Creek & Bear Paw
Stats: 36 kms / +1275 / – 1275
Today’s ride is full of iconic Chilcotin riding, with vast views all day and an unforgettable descent to end it. Shortly after leaving Bear Paw camp you will pedal and hike-a-bike 500 m over 5 kms to the top of Lorna Pass. After admiring the views from atop Lorna Pass and staring down into the vast expanse of Big Creek Provincial Park, you will descend 2.5 kms to meet Big Creek Trail.
Next you will ride 10 kms north along Big Creek trail to its junction with Graveyard Creek trail. You will travel through both wooded sections and open country as the trail parallels Big Creek including short punchy ups, and fun flowing downs. Expect some scrambling over log “bridges” to cross creeks and wet feet, particularly when crossing Big Creek itself.
After briefly re-entering Graveyard Valley, you will follow a side trail that leads South East into Little Graveyard Valley. You will ride 5 kms through the valley’s open and low brushy meadows with potential for marshy sections. The grade here is mostly gentle, before you are tasked with a short steep climb to Little Graveyard Pass. From the pass the trail will gently descend into Little Paradise Creek.
Now you are on route to the final descent of the day, which starts from a col that is surrounded by impressive mountain peaks and offers jaw dropping views. Following Little Paradise Creek trail you will ride across meadows, through a gully, and traverse across alpine ridges. Expect some short energy sapping climbs, mixed with pedaling through gentle to medium grade mountainous terrain.
To finish the day you will descend 500 m back into Bear Paw Camp, a fitting end to an incredible second day in the South Chilcotin Mountains. The descent starts with you riding a loose and rocky ridge in the alpine, which quickly enters a steep forested section, and then a flat grassy meadow, before dropping through a steep wooded section.
Day 3: Tyaughton Creek Drainage, Deer Pass, Trigger Lake to Spruce Camp
Stats: ~ 35kms, + 1285 m / -1655 m, 8 – 10 hours
Leaving from Bear Paw camp in the morning, you will begin by immediately beginning your Climb over majestic and iconic Deer pass – not for the faint of heart. leaving the meadows you will pedal and hike-a-bike up 600 m and 6 kms of mountainous terrain where 360 degree Chilcotin vistas await. This endeavour is directly followed by a long technical cross country downhill that drops 800 m and 5 kms to the headwaters of Gun Creek and the home of glacier fed Trigger and Hummingbird Lake. With 3 hours and 14 kms left of your ride, you will follow the shores of Trigger and Hummingbird lake on a rolling technical single track with rocky and rooty sections, before traversing into the Spruce Lake valley which will be home for the night. The much deserved comforts of home will await you at our Spruce Camp.
Day 4: Main Trail, Windy Pass via High Trail, Eldorado Pass via High Trail, Lick Creek
Stats: ~ 28kms, + 1013m / – 1500m
Your final day riding in the Chilcotin will include strenuous hike-a-bike, pedaling to conquer two alpine passes, and cross country riding through a vast valley and basin on route to one of the most technical and long descents in the region (Lick Creek).
Shortly after leaving Spruce Camp you will start hiking-a-bike/pedalling approximately 650 m up Windy Pass. From atop Windy Pass you will be treated to breathtaking views of unique features such as Cartable Mountain and Castle Peak. You are well rewarded for your efforts in reaching the pass with a smooth, fun and flowy descent down to valley bottom-riding from high in the alpine to a grassy and forested basin.
Next you will mostly pedal cross country style through the basin for approximately 6 kms, rolling past Eldorado Cabin, on route to the second and final pass of the day and Lick Creek. Be prepared for a short push/pedal once passing Eldorado Cabin.
Descending close to 1000 m, you will be both challenged and amazed by the variety of terrain, root sections and steep lines of Lick Creek. Following the natural flow and features of the surrounding terrain, Lick Creek will test your bike handling skills and provide you with endless amounts of fun.
After an exhilarating descent you will follow an old logging road onto a dirt road, as you pedal back to the lodge
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.
Here are a few added service offerings that can make your trip extra special! Please contact us to learn more about these custom opportunities.
Accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing
For those looking for a bit of luxury and indulgence, a night(s) at the lodge before or after your trip might be just what’s in order.
Despite the lodge being a completely separate business from us, Tyax Adventures, we can book nights there on your behalf if they have availability. Let us know if this interests you.
Price includes a complimentary buffet breakfast and full use of their facilities.
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 and Backpacks
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.