Tyax Adventures’ Backcountry Camps have a rich history dating back to 1947 during which time hunters, miners, outdoor enthusiasts and hard working locals enjoyed, built and maintained these camps. In 2012, Tyax Adventures acquired these backcountry camps from Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures, which was owned and operated by the Menhinick family. The Menhinick family is a hard working family of many generations that made their living by horse packing into the Chilcotin and put countless hours into maintaining the camps and trails for everyone of both yesterday and today to enjoy. The Douglas family and Tyax Adventures, are honoured to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of these remote and unique backcountry camps.
Imagine stepping out of the wood-fired sauna, plunging into the cool clear lake and then sitting on the patio sipping a drink as the sun falls behind towering peaks with glaciers hanging off their flanks. After a day of adventure – be it biking, hiking, canoeing, SUP’ing, fishing – enjoy some time in the wood-fired, lakeside sauna. At night, retire to your luxurious and private safari-style walled tent with lake-filled views. Delight in the spectacular quite surroundings from your personal deck or snuggle into your hand hewn log bed outfitted with a cozy duvet and plump pillows.
Tyax Adventures takes a portion of revenue and reinvests it in the trails we use. June was a busy month for trail work in the Park. In partnership with BC Parks, a number of projects were identified and worked on.
In mid-June, a work crew addressed the lower section of the Deer Pass trail, as it climbs from Trigger Lake. Portions of the steep, eroded, existing trail were decommissioned and new trail created that better uses the terrain between the two creeks flowing off the hill.
112 hours of work went into the trail. Initial feedback is good. The reduced grades are easier for horses and hikers. Bike riders appreciate the increased safety of the descent and the new line, with it’s improved views and enhanced ride.
On June 28/29, 10 members of Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA), supported by Tyax Adventures, spent two days maintaining and improving Park trail. Based out of our Spruce Camp, they worked along the Spruce Lake and Windy Pass trails.
Work included a replacement of the bridge out of the campground that had been dangerously undermined by the creek and work on various mud holes and rooted sections around the lake.
The Windy Pass trail, from the Potato patch to the treeline got a haircut and some key trail bed improvements to assist traffic.
Trail work is now on hold for the busy summer season, though some additional projects may move forward in the fall.
All of us at Tyax Adventures pride ourselves in the services we offer you and the friendships we make along the way. We want you to come visit us and enjoy the South Chilcotin Mountains in the future. Unfortunately, your use of our services and your freedom to travel the park is at risk.
- It segregates recreating by bicycle from other forms of recreation and imposes bicycle only restriction. For example; closing the Lick Creek Trail for the use of a commercial horse operator only, It also suggests bicycling in the park be allowed only 3 days per week.
- The draft plan proposes to limit Float plane access to the park to after 9:00 am – this would make landing at Warner Lake improbable. Flights could also be restricted to 2-3 days per week only.
- Within the draft park plan, ensuring a healthy population of Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep and Grizzly Bear recovery is a primary objective and is a priority over recreation and tourism. Restrictions to recreation are suggested within the park to support animal populations, while hunting of Sheep and Goat will continue in the Park and hunting of Grizzly Bears will continue adjacent to the parks.
- It is proposed that the popular campground at the north end of Spruce Lake is closed.
A draft management plan has been published for the South Chilcotin and Big Creek Parks. The draft includes restrictions to recreation and tourism, specifically to mountain biking and floatplanes. Do you like the option of flying into Spruce, Warner and Lorna Lakes? Would you like to continue to ride your bike on the trails within the Park?
You have until April 30th to let BC Parks know your thoughts – we hope you can spend a little bit of time to do so.
For more information about the new plan and to have your say visit:
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