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Spring Trail Updates

Well the Resort is officially open and that means we are ready to go for the season!  We just had a great long weekend with people enjoying the trails surrounding Tyax Resort by horseback, pedal power and on foot.  Guess it’s time for the annual spring trail update to help with your adventure planning!

We like to start off with an update from the River Forecast Centre which shows us a great little graph and gives us a snap shot of this year’s Snow Water (in mm) versus River Forecast Centre Dataprevious years and historically.   Looking at the graph we can see we had less snow at the start of this winter but by the end of March it was looking similar to what we can see the year previous.  Right now it looks very similar to last year which means that by the end of May we should be able to fly into Spruce Lake and the trails around the lake should be mostly clear and rideable out Gun Creek.  As long as things don’t get too cool over the next few weeks we should be looking at a similar year to last, this had us flying into Warner Lake by mid June and into Lorna Lake by the end of June!

The local trails surrounding Tyax Resort are in great condition and a report from our guide & local resident, Geoff Playfair has said; “Trail clearing on local trails is underway. Good spring riding right now, and winter winds were fairly kind – not to much blowdown. Snow is clear to the top of Lick Lower now, which I cleaned up yesterday and is good to go!”.   He also reported that the Pearson Road is mostly clear of snow up to Molly Dog, and that Molly Dog should be rideable by now.

Our wrangler Brennan McGlashan has been busy clearing out the trails around Tyax Resort for Horseback Riding and has gotten most of the work done and clear for trail rides.

Heads up if you’ll be riding, hiking or horseback riding on the Forest Service Roads in the area, there is still some logging activity on the west side of Pearson’s Creek, some on Gun Creek Road towards the Gun Creek Trail and some on the hill above the trail, off the logging road. Speaking to the person in charge of the logging, this should be finished up before summer(July).  No trails are presently affected by this just a note to be aware of machinery and signage.

Our spring trail work projects in addition to the regular clearing and maintenance will be starting soon.  Watch the blog for more updates on what we’ll be working on this year.

Also a final note when planning your adventure up to visit us please note that the Hurley Forest Service Road will NOT be plowed this year.  There have been some changes with regards to the road’s ownership and this has so far translated into a lack of funds for the early season plowing of the snow.  You can read all about it on the I Survived the Hurley website.  Locals are reporting if the road must melt out on it’s own it won’t be open until at least the end of June – early July.

Hope to see everyone soon!

View looking down to Carpenter Lake

The view looking down to Carpenter Lake.

A day in the life of a wrangler

Have you ever wondered what it is that a cowboy or cowgirl does with their day?  Ride around the range with their trusty steed, keeping an eye out for bandits and strays…  Well that’s not quite so far off, our crew of wranglers here at Tyax Adventures have just been out in the mountains (range) aboard their favourite horses (steeds).  They’ve been busy opening up our camps and keeping the wildlife (bandits) out of the cook-shacks.  Every once in a while they’ll run into a group of mountain bikers or hikers (strays) who hopefully haven’t lost their way.

Setting up Bear Paw Camp

Brennan and Andrea setting up the tents at Bear Paw

 

 

The crew of Wranglers out here have been out in the mountains setting up our remotest camps.  These are the camps where the floatplane can’t access and it’s a long haul by foot or bike to pack in gear and food. This is where the beauty of a packhorse comes in handy, ride along the scenic trails to a truly remote spot and have all your camp gear follow along with you by true horse-power.

 

Wranglers at it clearing the trail

Wranglers working hard to clear a fallen tree off the trail so we can all enjoy the trail

Packing gear and supplies between camps also mean a wrangler’s got to be spry to hop on and off their horse to clear the trail of whatever is in the way.  Horses aren’t quite so spry, sometimes these great big strong animals can’t scramble across or under some of the big logs that hikers and bikers might be able to so the wranglers have got to hop off and do some work themselves.

 

The scenery in the mountains isn’t so bad, while packing gear a wrangler will get to see all sorts of amazing sights.  Being the first group across one of the remote mountain passes a certain year and not knowing what you’ll expect can be pretty exciting.  Getting to see all sorts of wildlife like Grizzly bears, wolves, marmots, black bears, bobcats, mountain goats and so much more!

Pack Train Crossing Manson Pass

First pack train of the year heading across Manson Pass towards Little Paradise

 

A day in the life of a wrangler consists of early mornings feeding horses, then feeding a group of hungry people, including themselves, before packing the horses and moving on to their next spot.  The days are long but the scenery and the true wilderness of the South Chilcotin Mountains keeps them at it.  Great company also helps and our crew are some of the nicest and truest outdoors-people around.

Spring Trail Updates 2013

We are well into another spring season out here and as the snow melts away to reveal our favourite trails it’s time to start checking up on what’s been hiding under the white blanket all winter.  Late Fall and early winter usually bring a few storms with heavy winds that tend to cause a great big mess on the trail for us to find come spring.  With a lower snowpack than usual and much less than last year the snow is clearing pretty quickly around here… that means an early start to the business of exploring the damage and starting the trail work.

Snow Pillow Data June 2013

The Snow Pillow Data taken from Green Mountain gives us a really great snapshot of how the snow melt is looking so far this year.  Although we’re not at the Minimum we are well below the Average, this pretty much just confirms what we were all thinking after a mediocre winter for snowfall.  Take a look at the Real time data online at the River Forescast Centre website.

The little trail elves have been busy already and most of the trails around Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa have been cleared out.  Our wrangler Brennan was busy clearing out the lower section of the North Cinnabar trail as well as the maze of trails behind the campground.  Horseback riders won’t have branches hitting them in the head on their rides with Brennan!  Brennan has also been busy putting together a great loop for our 3 hour Horseback Rides, this loop will show off some great view points of the entire Bridge River Valley.

The local crew around Tyaughton Lake have been out clearing the top of the North Cinnabar trail as well as some of the trails winding their way through the forest above the Friberg Rec site area.  Watch for the TMC brand on the trails along with the corresponding trail name in a bright pink blaze.

The jolly giant, Mr. Geoff Playfair has been extra busy this season cleaning out logging debris off some of the trails he’s built above Gun Creek RoaGeoff Playfair & his trusty chainsawd.  Curious George, a surefire favourite of anyone who’s ridden it, was logged last summer and had quite a bit of debris remaining.  Geoff & Karen along with a couple friends cleared out most of the trail and it’s now ready to go.  Be careful of logging equipment in the area and there is some active logging happening so keep your eyes and ears open.

With the ice coming off Spruce Lake a full 2 weeks ahead of last year our crew of Geoff Playfair & Adrian Bostock were able to get into Spruce Lake and clear out the blowdown and deadfall from the Lake all the way along the Gun Creek trail to the end of Gun Creek Road.  Took them 2 days but it’s good to go and the Arrow Leaved Balsamroot is already starting to flower!  Should be an early season for wildflowers.

The Taylor basin is still full of snow and the High Trail up to the Molly Dog entrance is clear but farther than that the snow is still lingering.  Expecting that zone to be explorable by early July.

Watch for more updates on the Warner Lake trail status which we will be clearing out this week (June,10-13).  Lone Valley & Mud Lakes, Lorna Lake updates, Crystal Lake & Skycamp to come in the following weeks.

Email us if you’ve got news or updates or post straight on our Facebook page or comment on this blog.  Hope we’ll see you all on the trails soon!