- A scenic floatplane flight to an Alpine lake to start your tour. Floatplane departure from our Tyax Adventures base (on Tyaughton Lake).
- An experienced hiking guide to guide you through the backcountry trails on the 2 day/ 1 night wilderness experience.
- A delicious packed lunch on day 1 and day 2 of hiking. Includes Sandwich, piece of fruit and slice/muesli bar and/or baked energy snack (let us know if you have any allergies,/dietary requirements as we’re happy to cater for these).Feel free to being any extra trail side snacks if there is anything in particular you like to carry on your hikes.
- A healthy, hearty and delicious dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 2. These are freshly prepared by our backcountry camp hosts (let us know if you have any allergies,/dietary requirements as we’re happy to cater for these).
- 1 nights double occupancy accommodation in our backcountry camp (see below for details on our backcountry camps)
- 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
Multi day tour:
- Hiking shoes or boots (water resistant is recommended)
- Rain Jacket/ wind layer – depending on the weather
- Shorts (and/or full-length tights depending on the whether)
- Merino or synthetic bottom layer (weather dependent)
- Merino or synthetic short sleeve shirt
- Merino or synthetic long sleeve shirt
- Extra insulation layer – weather dependent
- Hat/Toque for wearing against the elements
- Hydration Day pack. Must be large enough to fit a lunch/snacks and personal items
- Bear Spray
- Sunscreen, Insect Repellent and Cap/Sunhat
- Personal Medication/Toiletries
- Sleeping Bag Liner and pillow case (Sleeping bags supplied)
- Light Puffy Jacket or appropriate insulation layers
- Change of clothes and sleep wear as desired (clean shorts, shirt, socks)
- Camp Towel (light travel towel)
- Personal Toiletries/Medications
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Hat/Toque for wearing against elements and sleeping
Sample Advanced Itinerary
Day 1: Flight start to Spruce Lake. Hike Spruce Lake to Eldorado Cabin via Windy Pass. Overnight at Eldorado Cabin
Stats: Distance ~ 15km. Elevation +804m / -466m
After a stunning flight over multi-coloured mountain tops, thundering creeks and sub alpine meadows you will arrive at beautiful Spruce Lake and begin your 2 days wilderness hiking experience. Today you will conquer an alpine pass and hike through a vast and open basin on route to Eldorado Cabin.
Shortly after leaving Spruce Lake you will start hiking approximately 650 m up Windy Pass. A mix of sparsely forested sections and small, open meadows-which allows you glimpses of the pass and the surrounding mountain scenery. From atop Windy Pass you will be treated to breathtaking views of unique geological features such as Cartable Mountain and Castle Peak. Descending off Windy Pass you will hike through an alpine valley to a grassy and forested basin.
Next you will hike through the basin to Eldorado Cabin. Be impressed by the views of majestic peaks in the distance and the beauty of the many meandering creeks and streams. And keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Relax and recap the days adventures at your home for the night, Eldorado Cabin. Where thoughtful meals and comfort await you.
Day 2: Hike Eldorado Cabin back to Tyax Adventures Base via Cabin Pass, Camels Pass, Ridge O Rama, Upper and Lower Cinnibar
Stats: Distance ~ 17km. Elevation + 594m / – 1507m
More adventure, solitude and awe inspiring mountain landscapes await you today.
Immediately after leaving Eldorado Cabin you will begin the short climb up Cabin Pass. Hiking through sparse trees and rocky terrain you will be rewarded with views of a significant portion of what lays ahead of you today from atop Cabin Pass. Specifically a vast grassy basin, splendid multi coloured rock formations, Camels Pass and the magnificent Ridge O Rama hiking route.
After a short descent into a grassy basin filled with small tarns and vibrant colours, you will begin the hike to Camels Pass. Once atop Camels Pass spectacular 360-degree views await you. The colours in the rocks seem unfathomable, they must be seen to be believed. And can you spot the passes namesake-a camel’s head?
From Camels Pass you will hike along a broad and very sparsely vegetated ridge, from which breathtaking mountain vistas can be seen all around you. Take a moment here to really appreciate the peacefulness and beauty of your surrounds. It truly is very special.
From atop Ridge O Rama you will hike gradually down into a basin filled with stands of trees, marshy sections, multiple small creek crossings, and a number of different micro ecosystems and wildlife habitats. After hiking through relatively flat terrain in the basin you will do one final small creek crossing. Before a short climb to gain and follow a well established trail that descends gradually back towards our base through a densely wooded area. Marvel at how the terrain changes to a mix of sand and volcanic ash.
After crossing the first signs of civilisation in 2 days, a dirt road, you will hike along through a forested area back to our base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake.
Sample Intermediate Itinerary
Day 1: Flight start to Warner Lake. Hike Warner Lake to Spruce Lake Camp. Option to add on when arrive at Spruce Lake Camp. Overnight at Spruce Lake Camp
Stats: Distance ~ 19km. Elevation + 328m / – 617m
Your incredible 2 day wilderness hiking adventure begins with a stunning floatplane flight over multi-coloured mountain tops, thunderous creeks and sub alpine lakes to Warner Lake. With its incredible turquoise/emerald green coloured water.
From Warner Lake your group will hike along the Gun Creek Trail past Trigger and Hummingbird Lakes, which are glacier fed, on route to Spruce Lake Camp. Expect to hike along and through a huge variety of remote terrain and landscapes today. Including vibrant meadows filled wildflowers (when in bloom), remarkable aspen groves, rocky terrain with mild exposure and spectacular valley views, and sparsely or densely wooded sections with multiple small crystal-clear stream crossings.
Once at the southern end of Spruce Lake you will follow a relatively flat trail for a short distance along its shorelines to our camp. Enjoy the multiple opportunities provided to glimpse Spruce Lake and the surrounding mountains. Once you have arrived at Spruce Lake you have the option of relaxing and enjoying some activities on the lake, such as fishing or swimming. Or you could refuel and go for a short out and back hike to gain some stunning views of the lake from an advantage point above it.
At days end relax and recap the adventures at your home for the night, Spruce Lake Camp. Where thoughtful meals and comfort await you.
Day 2: Hike Spruce Lake Camp to Gun Creek Road via Gun Creek Trail
Stats: Distance ~ 25km. Elevation + 145m / – 862m
After a nutritious and delicious breakfast at Spruce Lake Camp, your guide will lead you on a scenic 25 km hike back to Gun Creek Road.
Shortly after departing camp you will arrive at an area of spectacular open sub alpine meadows filled with wildflowers (when in bloom) and aspen groves, which provide stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the vast valley ahead of you. There are ample photo opportunity spots along this section of trail and take a moment here to really appreciate the true wilderness experience you are immersed in.
After descending gradually through the meadows, you will hike along the banks of Gun Creek for extended portions of time. Marvel at the power of the creek and enjoy the sounds of the running water. Notice a change in the terrain to a real mixture of volcanic ash and sand as you lose elevation and hike through the valley forest back to Gun Creek Road. Where our shuttle van will be waiting to transport you back to our base.
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.
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.
Booking and Cancellation Policy
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY
A 25% deposit is required to secure a reservation, with the balance due 30 days before the activity/tour date. Payments can be made online, or by credit card over the phone.
If your balance is not paid by you 30 days prior to the first date of your booking with Tyax Adventures, your trip may be released.
All tours / flights / reservations cancelled outside of 30 days from the date of the tour will be refunded in full, less 10% of the deposit as cancellation charge. Payments made for any activity which is cancelled within 30 days of the date of the activity are non-refundable.
Our cancellation policy is firm and we recommend you purchase a trip interruption/cancellation insurance policy to avoid disappointment should you need to cancel your trip last minute, as you will not be reimbursed by Tyax Adventures.
For tours including accommodation; prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional charge. Single supplement price will be provided on request. Guests travelling alone may request to be paired with another single traveller, if possible.
Every attempt will be made to adhere to our scheduled itinerary. However, participants acknowledge and willingly accept the possibility of unexpected changes to our route, timings and itinerary. Safety issues, weather and/or any extenuating circumstances beyond our control may contribute to this possibility. Should these changes affect your post-tour travel plans, Tyax Adventures will not be responsible for additional expenses incurred by tour members (non-refundable airline tickets, rental cars, hotel reservations, etc) Again, we recommend you have purchased your own trip insurance policy.
Should Tyax Adventures need to re-schedule your flight / tour or booking due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or smoke from wildfires etc. we may offer you a credit for your trip to reschedule for the same season at the same rate, or give the option of a refund minus a 10% fee. This is at the discretion of Tyax Adventures at the time of the trip departure. We do not plan to make changes ahead of time as weather is unpredictable. Should you decide to cancel your trip, you are bound by the cancellation policy.
Tyax Adventures reserves the right to cancel scheduled tours that do not meet our minimum participation requirements (usually 4 guests). In the event of a cancellation, guests will be notified as soon as possible, usually 30 days prior to their tour departure. Tyax Adventures will provide a full-refund of any monies paid, or guests may select another tour date. Tyax Adventures will not be responsible for additional expenses incurred by tour members (non-refundable airline tickets, rental cars, hotel reservations, etc).
Each guided tour guest will be required to sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement before being allowed to participate in any activity with us.
Tyax Adventures reserves the right to cancel or adjust a flight at any time due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Flights cancelled by Tyax Adventures will be refunded minus 10% fee, or can be rescheduled at no cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hiking and Trail Running Tours:
Will we see wildlife?
During most tours, we venture into remote country and even though there will be an abundance of wildlife, it can be rare to spot them. With proper precautions, it is unlikely any will bother us on our tours. We may spot grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, cougars, bobcats, marmots, wolves, and many more including many varieties of birds. For more information about the flora & fauna of the area take a look at the South Chilcotin Mountains Park website.
What should I wear on a hiking tour?
Sturdy hiking footwear is mandatory, we recommend something with ankle support and a thick sole. Running shoes are not recommended. A light long sleeve layer to keep bugs off on hot days along with a hat and sunscreen are also strongly recommended. For Backcountry mulit-day tours we recommend bringing a pair of light long pants to protect against brush along some sections of trail.
Will we encounter other users on the trails?
The South Chilcotin Mountains Park and Big Creek park trails are shared between; hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. All user groups should abide by the trail etiquette guidelines and use Common Sense and courtesy. Hikers and mountain bikers are to yield to horseback riders and mountain bikes yield to hikers. Please remember to be aware when you are on the trail and keep your eyes and ears open for other users. By following the guidelines we can all share the trails in a safe and responsible manner.
How much gear can I bring?
Your luggage must weigh less than 25 lbs. You will only need your personal gear, Tyax Adventures will provide all camping gear.
Can I leave extra stuff at the Tyax Adventures base while I’m in the Backcountry?
We do not have secure storage for your belongings at our base however many people leave extra gear in their cars. We can store small bags if absolutely necessary however Tyax Adventures are not responsible for these items.
Do I cook my own food and what do we eat?
Your host will prepare all of your meals, including delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip so that we can make the necessary allowances.
What are the camping arrangements?
You are required to bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow case, however the huts and camps will have sleeping shelters so no tents or cooking gear are required. The campsite is also equipped with bear-proof food containers.
Are there shower and toilet facilities?
There are outdoor showers at Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp & Eldorado Cabin/Camp. We will have biodegradable soap available for use. There are outhouses at the Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp and the Eldorado Cabin/Camp.
Can you cater to special diet requirements?
We can accommodate vegetarians and we will do our best to accommodate those with allergies. Please note that due to the remote nature of our camps we may not be able to accommodate all requests. If you have specific requirements please note on your booking form and our staff will be in contact with you.
Is alcohol allowed in camps?
Alcohol is allowed in camps and you are allowed to carry your own. Tyax Adventures does not serve alcohol however we do offer beer and wine to be pre-ordered and ready waiting for you in camp. You will need to pre-book this at least 7 days in advance. Please remember that our backcountry accommodations may be shared with other guests, please be respectful and responsible when imbibing.
What are the tipping guidelines?
When your guiding and hosting team provided service that went above and beyond, in Canada it is customary in the outdoor adventure industry to express your appreciation through a cash gratuity. A gratuity is not mandatory, but if you would like to recognize the work of your team in this fashion, our recommended guideline is 10-15% of the total value of your trip.
As it takes many people – both frontline and behind the scenes – to ensure your trip is the amazing adventure you hope for, our policy is to pool all gratuities and split them amongst the whole team. To accommodate this, we ask that you pay any tips to our Guest Experience Coordinator at the activity desk, or arrange for payment through our reservations staff.
Should I bring my own snacks?
Plenty of food and snacks will be available during the trip, however, you are welcome to bring your preferred snacks. Should you bring your own, remember to never leave them in your tent or backpack unattended. Bears and other animals are a concern and will chew through anything to get to your food.
Is alcohol allowed?
Tyax Resort has a bar where you can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For multi- day trips, you are required to pre-book your alcohol with us before arriving at Tyax Resort or arrange your own.
What if I have special diet requests?
If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip (i.e. before you arrive at Tyax Resort) so that we can make the necessary allowances, if possible.
My question is specific to women…
Ladies should bring feminine hygiene products in plastic zip-lock bags. Please bring extra zip-locks for disposal after use. Please remember, your guides, female or male, have spent many days with groups in the backcountry. They have heard your question before and will always be mindful of your privacy.
What if I have additional questions?
Please visit www.tyaxadventures.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.