• Price:
    $400 per person w/flight start from our base*
    Price based on min. 4 people joining the tour; maximum group size is 10 *(more info)
  • Ride Type:
    Cross-country/All mountain backcountry single track
  • MTB Skill Rating
  • Fitness Rating
    Level 2
  • Distance:
    ~25 kms
  • Ride Time:
    4-6 hours
  • Duration:
    Single Day
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

Are you a group of 3 or less? The following dates are for groups of 3 or less looking to join others, please inquire if you wish to be part of one of these trips

  • June 30th, 2022
  • Aug 13th, 2022
  • Aug 29th, 2022
  • Sept 1st, 2022

Trip Introduction/Sample Itinerary:

Stats: ~ 25 kms, + 164 m / – 856 m

This is the perfect introductory ride for those who have never visited the region before.

This remarkable adventure begins with a grand entrance, flying in our floatplane from our base to the remote and stunning Spruce Lake at an elevation of 1,500m.

From Spruce Lake your group will ride roughly 25 kms of rolling, and at times technical, classic Chilcotin single track back to the valley.

You can expect to ride next to Spruce Lake before entering wide open grasslands and meadows that are dotted with beautiful aspen groves and wildflowers (if they are in bloom), along rocky, rooty and sandy sections of trail that can be challenging, and next to Gun Creek.

There are short uphill pedals over the day, but you are rewarded with some nice generally rolling sections of trail after them through sparsely spaced forest.

Spruce Lake to Gun Creek Road Elevation Profile

Pre-trip Information:

Tour includes:

  • A scenic floatplane flight to Spruce Lake from our base on Tyaughton Lake
  • An experienced, friendly and professional mountain bike guide
  • A full day of riding backcountry, at times challenging – but always fun – single track
  • A delicious and nutritious packed lunch for your day on the trails.
  • A shuttle back to our base at the end of the ride.
  • Memories and stories to last a lifetime.

Essential Items – see picture here

A 20-litre pack at minimum as you need to carry the items below:

  • A personal facemask
  • Lunch and snacks provided by Tyax Adventures
  •  2 to 3 litres of water for the day (some opportunity to fill from creeks/streams)
  •  Typical trail side repair tools, a spare tube, any bike specific spare parts – such as a derailleur hanger
  •  Personal medications necessary – including Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen
  • Light weight and packable jacket that is ideally water proof/wind proof
  • Bear Spray (we sell bear spray at our base of operations)

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
  •  Any additional backcountry items you ride with on a full day adventure at home

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.

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 are considered backcountry and remote in nature. The riding overall is cross-country/all mountain in style.

You can expect a mixture of the following:

  • Rolling single track terrain made up of some ups and downs, combined with some flatter sections of trail-sandy in nature the closer you get to the valley,
  • 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,
  • If starting from Warner Lake – sections of somewhat technically challenging riding along the rocky shores of two alpine lakes, and across some rock slides. 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.
  • The usual trail hazards, such as roots and rocks.

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.