This will be a mountain bike trip to remember as you flow through picturesque meadows, high alpine terrain and past glacial lakes in the unforgettable South Chilcotins in British Columbia.
A float plane to moderately steep backcountry singletrack terrain, great for intermediate riders.
South Chilcotin Mountains, BC
July 30–August 5, 2017
Day 1: Lorna Lake to Bear Paw Camp
Deliver all bikes, luggage and riders directly from Vancouver to the Whistler float plane dock, and board the DeHavilland Beaver float plane to Lorna Lake in BC’s South Chilcotin Mountains. We start off with an easy 25km ride down Big Creek Valley’s open valleys, drainages and gentle mountain passes flanked by big mountain slopes. We overnight at Bear Paw Camp.
~25km | +489m/-693m elevation
Day 2: South Chilcotin Park Loop
Depart Bear Paw Camp and head to the vistas of Elbow Pass and Graveyard Valley. From there, explore the route through Little Graveyard Pass, Little Paradise Creek, to Manson Pass. A spectacular descent returns us to Bear Paw Camp.
~23km | +980m/-985m elevation
Day 3: Deer Pass to Trigger Camp
Rise early and climb 650m over the spectacular Deer Pass. After soaking in the expansive views, we begin the exciting descent into the Gun Creek drainage. Arrive at Trigger Camp for well-earned meals and rest.
~12km | +671m/-755m elevation
Day 4: Trigger Camp to Spruce Creek Camp
Today is a fun, rolling and flowy day as we ride past Trigger and Hummingbird lakes to open grasslands and a river valley. A short climb and cruisy sections lead to Spruce Creek Camp for a dip in the lake and well-earned meal and sleep.
~15km | +283m/-326m elevation
Day 5: Rest day with optional ride
Relax beside Spruce Lake, take a spin in one of the rowboats, or head out for a ride around Spruce Lake or up the WD trail for a little added value. Rest another night at Spruce Lake Camp.
Rest day or ~10km
Day 6: Spruce Lake Camp to Eldorado Cabin
Head out along Spruce Lake before the climb to Windy Pass. Incredible views give way to the exciting, involved descent into Eldorado Meadows. A picturesque cruise and gentle climb bring us to the Eldorado Cabin for eats and rest.
~14km | +804m/-466m
Day 7: Cabin Pass or Lick Creek Trail to Tyaughton Lake
Climb out of camp through Cabin Pass and enjoy the spectacular, rolling descent through Cinnabar Meadows and High Trail. For bonus action, head over the pass to Lick Creek Trail and its iconic 1000m descent. Either route ends at Tyaughton Lake for a swim before we board the plane to Whistler and head home.
~18km | +538m/-1454m
Photos: 7Mesh / Brian Goldstone
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