PRE TRIP INFORMATION:
- 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 park via a local trail head.
- 5 to 7 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 the first day to lunch on the final day.Let us know if you have any allergies/dietary requirements.
- 4 to 6 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 greet you 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.
- 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/pack
Essential Items –see picture here
- 30 to 40 litre pack as you need to carry the items below:
- Daily lunch and snacks provided by Tyax Adventures.
- 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 -and know how to use it.
- 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
- Sleeping bag liner/cotton sheet for in camp – see here
- Pillow case
- Small, packable camp towel (hot shower available) – see here
Optional Items (if space and weight permits – see picture here)
- 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
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.
Accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heli-skiing
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.
Option for groups of 4 or more people only, and if horses are available to assist, at a cost of $50 per person, per day.
If required, remembering that our camps are well equipped and you can pack relatively (see above for recommendations), our team of horses can transport up to 20lbs of personal gear per person between your nightly accommodations.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to carry my own gear?
Yes, so come prepared to do so with a suitably sized backpack-recommend 30 to 40 litre pack as a minimum.
Do I need prior mountain bike experience?
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 remote downhill sections. Riders must be able to ride in control at all times.
What can I expect in terms of the riding offered on this tour?
The trails are considered backcountry and remote in nature. The riding overall is cross-country/all mountain in style. Most of the 200+ kilometers of trails were originally created by horses and/or First Nations travelling on foot for the purpose of trading or hunting.
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.
- Creek crossings and sections of trail that can be wet and muddy – but passable
- 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 trail that require some extended periods of hike a bike – particularly to reach the top of passes (see below for further details)
- Sections of somewhat technically challenging 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.
- Single track descents of between 20 to 45 minutes from the alpine to the valley.
Will I be expected to hike a bike?
Yes, particularly if you travel the trails/routes below.
Understand that to get into the alpine there typically will be some hike a bike required. A good base level of fitness (Level 2 to 3) is required, along with a readiness to commit to the adventure.
Lorna Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hour of hike a bike
Elbow Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hour of hike a bike
Little Graveyard Pass: 30 to 45 minutes of hike a bike
Manson Creek Col: 1 hour to 90 minutes of hike a bike
Deer Pass: 90 minutes to 2 hours of hike a bike
Windy Pass: 1 hour to 90 minutes of hike a bike
Camels Pass: 20 to 30 minutes of hike a bike
Eldorado Pass: 30 minutes to 45 minutes of hike a bike
Cabin Pass: 30 to 45 minutes of hike a bike
But do not be intimidated by these numbers. A good level of fitness and attitude will help you reach the passes, and the rewards (views, the descent, etc.) are ultimately worth it. One foot in front of the other, onwards and upwards.
Given the potential for sections of hike a bike, low cut, light weight cross country style mountain bike shoes may not be the best footwear option.
We recommended bringing shoes that provide a good amount of ankle support, and that have a solid sole, for any sections of hike a bike. Check the condition of shoes before you arrive.
What distances per day can I expect to travel?
This will largely depend on the routes you and/or your guide(s) chose. There typically are multiple route options available to be considered. Factors such as rider expectations and experience, fitness and skill level, rider safety, weather and wildlife will be taken into consideration.
Generally, however you can expect to travel on average from 12-20 miles / 20-30 km per day.
Be prepared to be on the trails for anywhere between 4 to 7 hours – but this is not all time spent riding.
There is plenty of stop-start and opportunities to snack and break to enjoy the surroundings.