• Price:
    $1125 per person (based on 4 people)
  • Hike Type:
    A mixture of valley based and backcountry hiking
  • Distance:
    15 - 25 kms per day
  • Daily Hike Time
    4-7 hours
  • Duration:
    3 single day hikes (experience a mixture of Valley & Backcountry hiking)
  • Hiking Fitness Rating
    Level 2
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

Trip Introduction:

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.

Trip Essentials:

Tour overview:

3 full days of guided hiking
Day 1: includes a 1/2 day hiking on the valley trails around our base of operations
Day 2: includes a full day hiking the backcountry. The day will begin with a flight start to an alpine lake (departing from our base of operations).
Day 3: includes a full day of hiking the Valley Trails. The ride will begin from our base of operations (no flight start).

Tour includes:
  • 2 nights accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing Resort. (No dinners are included during your stay at Tyax Lodge)
  • A complimentary buffet breakfast on day 2 and 3 of your stay at the lodge (day 2: fly and hike and day 3: full day hike)
  • A scenic floatplane flight to an Alpine lake on day 2 of your hiking adventure (floatplane departure from our Tyax Adventures base, on Tyaughton Lake)
  • An experienced hiking guide to guide you through the backcountry trails on all 3 of your single day adventures.
  • A delicious packed lunch on day 2 and 3 of riding. 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 hike.
  • Shuttles as required to drop you to the start of your ride and/or collect your from the end of your hike.
  • Unbeatable mountain vistas and stories for a lifetime

Your stay at Tyax Lodge includes:

  • The lodge offers wilderness resort feel with modern amenities including complimentary WiFi.
  • Other lodge amenities include a dining room, an inside lounge with pool table and dart board, an outdoor patio with food and beverage service, a gift shop, a comprehensively equipped indoor gym, and a full-service spa and yoga room.
  • And mountain views to die for!

For your day time hiking adventure:

  • A personal facemask
  • Hiking boots or Shoes (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
  • Merino or synthetic long sleeve
  • 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
  • Hiking poles (if required)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal Medication/Toiletries 

Personal – all items listed above, plus:

  • Personal toiletry items
  • Book or reading material
  • ID or passport
  • Cash for souvenirs
  • Cash for tipping your guides
  • Togs and towel (optional for resort)

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.

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.comby email at fun@tyaxadventures.com or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.

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: Fly and Hike

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.

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.

Resort Nights

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 Trip Questions:

Yes, so come prepared to do so with a suitably sized backpack-recommend a 30 to 40 litre pack.

Yes. You must have a good amount of experience hiking for a total of 4 plus hours over a single day,  and a good base level of fitness (see our self rating scale here).

It is recommended that you complete some longer hikes wearing a backpack prior to visiting us, if you typically hike without one.

You should be comfortable hiking rolling and uneven trails, uphill for anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour, and be able to descend sections of trail that can be soft and sandy.

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 can expect to travel between 18-25 kilometers per day.

Be prepared to be on the trails for anywhere between 4 to 7 hours – but this is not all-time spent hiking. There is plenty of stop-start, and opportunities to snack and break to enjoy the surroundings.

Dress accordingly, and consider the current and expected weather.

Sturdy and comfortable hiking specific footwear is recommended, something with good ankle support. It is a good idea to wear brand new shoes on some hikes before visiting us.

Wear a light and breathable short or long sleeve top, active shorts or full-length hiking pants and a hat at a minimum.