3 Day Chilcotin Sampler Hiking Tour – Tyax Resort Based
A hiker’s dream come true in the South Chilcotin
This is the introduction into the South Chilcotin hiking journey in which you will discover vast distances of untrammeled wilderness and experience the local valley and mountain trails all in the most intimate way – by foot, and with the support of one of our knowledgable and skilled guides. Thanks to staying at Tyax Resort you’ll need to carry only your personal belongings with you on the trail for the day. No need for a heavy pack! Travel light and get the benefit of our guides knowledge, support and skills on the trail, all while exploring the magical “Chilcotin Ark.” Hike through flower filled meadows and view alpine passes and rushing creeks while watching out for the abundant wildlife that call the South Chilcotin Mountains home; some of the most beautiful terrain in BC. Simple and inspiring travel.
We begin this hiking tour with a half day exploratory hike on the first day before your night at Tyax Lodge. Over the next 2 days we take a full day hike each day to adventure further into the backcountry wilderness of the Chilcotin. One of these days we will take a spectacular scenic flight into Spruce Lake and work our way back to base hiking through meadows and along rugged mountain trails.
Day 1: Half Day Hike
Stats: Distance ~ 5 to 20km. Elevation losses and gains vary greatly depending on route taken, fitness level, total time hiking etc
Arriving at our base around 12pm, on this half day adventure your guide will introduce you to some of the local hiking trails in the valley and around Tyax Adventures base on the shores of Tyaughton lake. It’s the perfect introduction to your hiking adventures over the next 3 days. You will learn about the history of the area and local flora and fauna as you hike along a mixture of old logging roads and narrow trails that wind through the valleys forests and recovering clear cuts. Depending on the route taken you could expect to arrive at a spectacular view point that provides you with valley and/or lake vistas. Marvel at the mixture of volcanic ash and sand that makes up a large portion of the trails you will hike along.
Relax and recap the days adventures at your home for the night, Tyax Lodge. Where comfort awaits you.
Day 2: Flight start into Spruce Lake. Hike Spruce Lake Camp to Gun Creek Road via Gun Creek Trail
Stats: Distance ~ 25km. Elevation + 145m / – 862m
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 adventure. A scenic 25 km hike back to Gun Creek Road.
Shortly after departing Spruce Lake 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.
Relax and recap the days adventures at your home for the night, Tyax Lodge. Where comfort awaits you.
Day 3: Full Day Hike
Stats: Distance ~ 25km. Elevation + 904m / – 1180m
After a short shuttle ride in our van you will arrive at Taylor Creek trail head, where you adventure will begin.
You will begin your hike into the alpine along an old mining road. You will walk through sections of forest which open up occasionally to afford you views of small meadows and the surrounding mountains, and cross significant winter avalanche slide paths and small creeks until you reach the historic Taylor Cabin in a sub alpine basin. The perfect spot to refuel and rest before your push into the alpine and Camels Pass.
As you hike into the alpine marvel at the spectacular colours of the rocks, small tarns and grassy meadows all around you.Once atop Camels Pass spectacular 360-degree views await you. And can you spot the passes namesake-a camel’s head?
From atop Camels Pass you will begin a gradually hike down into a stunning grassy and broad alpine meadow, filled with small tarns and abundant flora. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and be in awe of the mountain ranges in the distance. Eventually you will hike onto an old mining road, and from here you will lose elevation somewhat quickly as you walk through diverse ecosystems as you make your way back to the valley bottom.
Once in the valley you will hike a short distance through a recovering clear cut and along trails containing a mix of sand and volcanic ash, then close by the shores of Tyaughton Lake, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 Tyax Resort while I’m in the Backcountry?
We do not have secure storage for your belongings in the Resort however many people leave extra gear in their cars. We can store small bags if absolutely necessary however Tyax Adventure and Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa 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.
It’s my first time in the South Chilcotin should I book the Backcountry Accommodations?
Our Backcountry Accommodations are recommended for Experienced Backcountry Travelers only, we recommend booking a Guided Adventure if you’re unfamiliar with Backcountry Travel. An experienced backcountry traveler is comfortable route finding, orienteering and is prepared for wildlife encounters and first aid emergencies.
What should I pack?
- Sleeping Bag Liner or cotton sheet (Sleeping bags supplied)
- Rain Jacket or Light Puffy Jacket depending on the weather
- Change of clothes (chamois, jersey & extra socks)
- Personal Toiletries/Medications
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Hat/Toque for wearing against elements and sleeping
- Sunscreen, Insect Repellent & Sunglasses
- Camp/Travel Towel
- Backcountry Travel Items
- Emergency rations; shot bloks, energy bars, etc.
- A camp host to set up and maintain camp
- A cozy bed in our backcountry camps
- 3 meals including a hot dinner and a hot breakfast prepared by our camp host, and a packed lunch for the trail
- Sleeping bag & sleeping pad, pack only a sleeping bag liner or sheet
- Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings
- Crocs footwear to wear while in camp
- Outdoor showers with biodegradable soap available in our 3 main camps
*At Spruce Lake camp only; take advantage of our 3 tin boats to head out onto the lake for some of the best fishing in the park.
**At Eldorado Cabin only; soothe your tired muscles in the wood fired sauna after a long day on the trails.
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.
Accommodations and getting here
What are the Resort accommodations like?
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa offers accommodation in their Resort Rooms. Visit www.tyax.com for more information.
Are my valuables secure at Tyax Resort & camping?
We recommend you avoid bringing valuables with you if possible. Tyax Adventures, Tyax Resort and other accommodation partners are not responsible for the loss of valuables while on their tours or premises. Please ensure you keep valuables on you at all times.
Where is Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa?
Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Resort is located approximately five hours by car north of Vancouver and 1.5 hours west of Lillooet. The resort is nestled in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, a 72,000-hectare area boasting some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and biking in BC. Tyax Resort offers Resort Room accommodations and a variety of services. Please visit or www.tyax.com for more information.
How do I get to Tyax Resort?
Several modes of ground and air transportation are available from Vancouver and Whistler. They include Tyax Adventures floatplane transfers, ground transportation to Whistler (Greyhound, Perimeter, private limousine) and rail (Rocky Mountaineer). You can also access Tyax Resort by private vehicle either from Pemberton (via the Hurley), or from Lillooet. Directions are available on www.tyaxair.com.
Where can I stay in Vancouver and/or Whistler?
There are many accommodation options in Vancouver and Whistler. Visit www.whistler.com (Tourism Whistler) and www.tourismvancouver.com (Tourism Vancouver) for rates, availability and to book your accommodation.
General – all tours
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 email@example.com or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.
What our Guests Say…
“We had an amazing trip!! Thank you so much for all your help in planning our adventure. All the staff at Tyax are top notch:)”
“It is a majestic area to travel through – one which I think you could only really appreciate on foot, horseback or bike.”