• Price:
    $1,400 per person, or $1,700 with flight start from our base*

    Price is based on 4 people joining the tour; maximum group size is 10 *(More info)

  • Hike Type:
    Multi use, remote and historic backcountry trails
  • Duration:
    4 Days / 3 nights in well-equipped backcountry camps
  • Distance:
    ~ 65 to 80 kms over the 4 days
  • Daily Hike Time
    5 - 7 hours
  • Fitness Rating
    Level 2 or 3
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

Trip Introduction:

This 4-day adventure is a popular tour for those wanting to experience more of what the region, and Tyax Adventures, has to offer the strong and fit hiker.

Hike and explore trails deep in the backcountry. Travel relatively lightly on this unique “hut to hut” guided hiking experience, as you stay three nights in our comfortable, well equipped and hosted backcountry camps.

Begin your 4-day adventure by taking a spectacular float plane flight into the remote and stunning Lorna Lake (from either our base or another location-such as Whistler or Vancouver for an additional cost).

Catered to your goals and fitness level, over the 4 days your guide will uncover the magic of the South Chilcotins. You could expect to hike over remote mountain passes, travel through stunning sub alpine meadows, to cross creeks and visit alpine lakes, and to experience some sections of trail that have mild exposure and spectacular valley views.

Keep an eye out for wildlife and learn about local flora and the history of the region and Tyax Adventures.

PRE TRIP INFORMATION

Tour includes:

  • A scenic floatplane flight to an alpine lake to start your tour, or hike into the park via a local trail head.
  • 4 full days of hiking multi use, historic, and at times rugged, backcountry trails.
  • Some extended sections of hiking uphill (1 hour plus).
  • Experienced, friendly and professional guide/s.
  • All healthy and nutritious meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4.
  • 3 nights double occupancy accommodation in 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.

Multi day tour:

  • A personal facemask
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • 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

Day 1: Flight start into Warner Lake. Hike Warner Lake to Warner Pass, return to Trigger Camp. Overnight at Trigger Camp

Stats: Distance ~ 15km. Elevation +569m / -843

Your incredible 3 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 to the summit of Warner Pass. Expect rocky mountainous terrain, sweeping vistas, and ample wildlife viewing opportunities. From atop Warner Pass take the time to let the views really soak in, and enjoy the solitude.

Retracing your steps you will return to Warner Lake, hiking past it on route to Trigger Camp. Expect to hike along and through some rocky terrain with spectacular valley views, and sparsely or densely wooded sections with some small crystal-clear stream crossings.

Relax and recap the days adventures at your home for the night, Trigger Camp. Where thoughtful meals and comfort await you.

Day 2: Hike Trigger Camp to Spruce Camp-option to add on. Overnight at Spruce Camp

Stats: Distance ~ 15km (Trigger Camp to Spruce Camp). Elevation + 283 / – 326

After departing Trigger Camp you will hike past Trigger and Hummingbird Lakes 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 3: Hike Spruce Lake Camp to Eldorado Cabin via Windy Pass. Overnight at Eldorado Cabin

Stats: Distance ~ 15km. Elevation +804m / -466m

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 4: 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 4 days, a dirt road, you will hike along through a forested area back to our base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake.

Day 1: Flight start into Lorna Lake. Hike Lorna Lake to Bear Paw Camp via Lorna Pass. Option to add on at Bear Paw Camp. Overnight at Bear Paw Camp

Stats: Distance ~ 8kms (Lorna Lake to Bear Paw Camp). Elevation +331m / -521m

Your 3 day guided wilderness hiking experience will begin with a stunning flight over multi coloured mountain tops and passes, thunderous creeks, and sub alpine meadows to Lorna Lake. Lorna Lake is nestled peacefully in between majestic mountains and is a brilliant turquoise in colour.

Shortly after leaving Lorna Lake you will cross Big Creek and begin hiking up 250 m to the top of rocky Lorna pass. From atop Lorna Pass you are afforded views of a vast open alpine valley, and mountains a brilliant red and orange in colour. After soaking it all in you will hike gradually down the valley, through sparse meadows and across small creeks, before arriving at Bear Paw Camp. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

Once you have arrived at Bear Paw Camp you have the option of relaxing and enjoying some activities located close by, such as fossil hunting at the base of a dramatic scree slope. Or you could refuel and go for a short out and back hike to, the options really are endless.

At days end relax and recap the adventures at your home for the night, Bear Paw Camp. Where thoughtful meals and comfort await you.

Day 2: Hike Bear Paw Camp to Trigger Camp via Deer Pass. Overnight at Trigger Camp-option to add on

Stats: Distance ~ 12kms (Bear Paw Camp to Trigger Camp). Elevation +671m / -755m

After a nutritious and delicious breakfast at Bear Paw Camp, your guide will lead you on a scenic 12 km hike to Trigger Camp. Be prepared for some significant elevation gain today.

Shortly after leaving Bear Paw Camp you will hike through a short but densely wooded section on route to the iconic Deer Pass.

You will hike up approximately 600 m of mountainous terrain to the top of Deer Pass, where 360 degree Chilcotin vistas await. The reward is more then worth the effort to get here-just look at those views! Marvel at the difference in the colour of the coastal mountain ranges before you, and the chilcotin range behind you. Maybe discuss why these colour differences exist? Notice the broad ridge tops either side of you and simply enjoy the absolute solitude atop of Deer Pass. It is truly a very special spot.

Descending from Deer Pass you will initially hike through an alpine valley and across rolling mountainous terrain, which continues to provide you with breathtaking views and a glimpse of Warner Lake far below you. You will then lose elevation rather more quickly as you hike down to the valley bottom to arrive at the remote Trigger Camp.

Once you have arrived at Trigger Camp you have the option of relaxing and enjoying some activities located close by. Or you could refuel and go for a short out and back hike to Warner Lake.

At days end relax and recap the adventures at your home for the night, Trigger Camp. Where thoughtful meals and comfort await you.

Day 3: Hike Trigger Camp to Spruce Camp-option to add on. Overnight at Spruce Camp

Stats: Distance ~ 15km (Trigger Camp to Spruce Camp). Elevation + 283 / – 326

After departing Trigger Camp you will hike past Trigger and Hummingbird Lakes 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 4: Hike Spruce Lake Camp to Tyax Adventures Base (via Windy Pass/Eldorado Pass/Camels Pass/Ridge O Rama/Upper and Lower Cinnibar)

Stats: Distance ~ 25km. Elevation + 1118m / – 1701m

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.

From here you will start the gradual hike up an old mining road to Eldorado Pass, then make the relatively short rocky traverse across to Camels Pass. Be sure to appreciate the multi coloured rock formations all around you. And keep an eye out for wildlife.

Once atop Camels Pass spectacular 360-degree views await you. 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 soak in 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 civilization in 4 days, a dirt road, you will hike along through a forested area back to our base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake.

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.