Please see below the FAQ relevant to your upcoming MTB tour.
Mountain Biking Tour Specific
Do I need to carry my own gear?
Yes. Please see our recommended pack size and packing lists under the “what to bring” tab of the tour/trip you are specifically interested in or signed up for.
Do I need prior mountain bike experience?
- 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, depending on routes travelled, and they must be comfortable descending moderate to technical downhill sections.
- If you unsure whether you have the experience, skills and/or fitness required please contact us direct to discuss prior to booking an adventure. We are experts at pairing people up with the appropriate trip, so that you have fun and remain safe.
What can I expect in terms of the riding offered?
Overall, our mountain bike tours are cross-country/all mountain in style. There is over 200+ kilometres of historic, rugged backcountry single track in the region.
For every amazing descent there is always some effort required beforehand, so come prepared to pedal uphill (and for some potential hike a bike, depending on the route travelled/tour booked).
For additional details about what you could expect for riding please visit the Frequently Asked Questions menu of the specific tour/trip you are interested in or signed up for.
Will I be expected to hike a bike?
Yes, if you travel the trails/routes below. A good base level of fitness (Level 2 to 3), along with a readiness to commit to the adventure is required.
Lorna Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hour of hike a bike (option on our 4- or 3-day tours)
Elbow Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hours of hike a bike (option on our 4- or 3-day tours)
Little Graveyard Pass: 30 to 45 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4 + days tour)
Manson Creek Col: 1 hour to 90 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4 + days tour)
Deer Pass: 90 minutes to 2 hours of hike a bike (option on our 4- or 3-day tours)
Windy Pass: 1 hour to 90 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4, 3- or 2-days tours)
Camels Pass: 20 to 30 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4, 3, or 2-day tours, and our single day non flight start tour)
Eldorado Pass: 30 minutes to 45 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4, 3- or 2-days tours)
Cabin Pass: 30 to 45 minutes of hike a bike (option on our 4, 3- or 2-days tours)
A good level of fitness and attitude will help you reach the passes, and the rewards (views, the descent etc.) are ultimately worth it.
What distances per day can I expect to travel?
- This will largely depend on your planned trip, and the routes you and/or your guide(s) chose. There typically are multiple route options available to be considered. Factors such as rider expectations and experience, fitness and skill level, weather and wildlife will be taken into consideration.Generally, however you can expect to travel on average from 12-20 miles / 20-30 km per day. Be prepared to be on the trails for anywhere between 4 to 7 hours – but this is not all time spent riding. There is plenty of stop-start, and opportunities to snack and break to enjoy the surroundings.
What are the terrain and trails like?
- The terrain of the South Chilcotin Mountains varies from dense treed bush-land, open grasslands to steep rocky mountain passes. Most of the 200+ kilometers of trails were originally created by horses and/or First Nations travelling on foot for the purpose of trading or hunting.The trails are considered backcountry and remote in nature. You can expect to see the usual hazards (rocks and rocks), along with some perhaps less encountered – such as holes from marmots and creek crossings.
Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy. But passable.
What is the right type of biking gear to wear when visiting Tyax Adventures?
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 is not recommended
- Durable and comfortable mountain bike shorts. Lycra shorts are not practical for a wilderness experience. Our guides wear the glidepath short from 7Mesh.
- Mountain bike specific shoes. Low cut, cross country style mountain bike shoes may not be the best option. Consider bringing shoes that provide a good amount of ankle support, and that have a solid sole, for any sections of hike a bike.
- 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.
What kind of bike should I have?
We strongly recommend you bring a bike designed for cross-country/all mountain trails that has hydraulic disk breaks. 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, condition of the tires, bolt tightness, cable housings, and derailleur alignment should all be good.
If your bike is considered inappropriate (or unsafe) for your tour and the riding in the region, please be aware that you will be instructed to use and pay for a rental bike as an alternative.
Are E-Bikes permitted
As per current BC Parks mandate, electric bikes are not permitted within either the South Chilcotin or Big Creek Provincial Parks.
Please refer to the BC Parks website for further details. Scroll down for clarification – see Cycling under Activities Available.
Electric bikes can be ridden outside the park boundaries, on trails around our base of operations and in sections of the surrounding valley where motorized use is permitted.
Will we ride out or fly out on our final day?
You will ride out of the mountains on the final day of any multiday trip, back to the valley and our base of operations on Tyaughton Lake.
How many riders with bikes can the plane carry?
The plane can typically carry the following, up to a weight limit of 1100lbs:
- 5 riders with bikes and small backpacks
- 4 riders with bikes, backpacks and a small amount of camping gear
E bikes, fat bikes, or bikes with double crown forks can not be transported.
Advise us when booking if there will be any bikes with a knock block headset (TREK)
15 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure:
- Groups of 4 or less (guide included) – remove the front wheel only
- Groups of 5 (guide included) – remove both wheels.
What time will I arrive back in the valley on the final day of a guided multiday trip?
You could aim to arrive back in the valley anytime between roughly 1pm and 4pm, depending ultimately on what time you leave camp and the route you choose to travel.
If you need to get back relatively early as you plan on driving that afternoon to another location simply let your guide/s know and they will ensure that you do so.
What is the weather like in the South Chilcotin Mountains?
Tyax Adventures operations are located on the border between the Chilcotin Mountains and the Coast Mountains. The temperature is substantially cooler in the early morning and evening, so make sure you bring warm layers for when the sun goes down. In the higher alpine areas, please be prepared for snow in the summer. The middle of the day is a great time to swim in Tyaughton Lake (our base location) or Spruce Lake.
Average temperatures are:
JUN: 77F / 25C high JUL: 82F / 28C high AUG: 86F / 30C high
41F / 5C low 46F / 8C low 50F / 10C low
What is included in the backcountry camps?
- A cozy bed with mattress, sleeping bag and pillow in a double occupancy canvas walled tent (bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow case).
In every camp, except Eldorado, we have 5 double occupancy canvas tents.
- 3 meals a day. A hot dinner and a hot breakfast are prepared by your camp host, and you make your own lunch for the trails from supplies provided.
What are Mixed Group Trips?
Our mixed groups are where we attempt to join solo riders and/or couples together who are of similiar experience, fitness, skill and expectations. This makes it most cost effective for everyone. It’s also a great way for you to meet other like-minded riders.
To book a mixed group trip check our website for mixed group trip dates and/or give us a call or email. We’ll be able to give you all the details you need aswell as book you in for an incredible mixed group trip.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.