Day 3 – Big Creek to Tyaughton Creek via Elbow Pass
Distance traveled, ~9 km; Elevation gained/lost: 404 m/-539 m, Average slope: ±10%
Day three breaks with brilliant sun and a muddy crossing of Big Creek followed by an hour-long trudge through the swamp looking for a trail. Elbow Pass is actually at the head of a hanging valley, so when the climb comes it’s fast and steep. By the time we reach the elbow, the sun is baking us into the 35˚C range and we’re refilling water bottles and bladders at every opportunity. The final push to gain the pass is a steep shot straight up the scree ridge followed by a beauty of a lunch spot tucked in right on the other side. Magnifique!
Tracking the elusive mountain bikaneers
Emily braving the cold waters of Big Creek
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) trying to hide
Tripadvisor rating 4.0 – could have had more flowers.
After a lunch of wildflowers and dirt, the steeds are ready to ride.
Fully loaded and ready to slay the trail
The singletrack down into the Tyaughton drainage was some of the best of the trip and kept going and going and going…. Tim’s stoked on it.
Leah, enjoying said singletrack
Emily, with more grin than fear
Christina shredding the meadow
Day 4 – Tyaughton Creek to near Spruce Lake
Distance traveled, ~8.5 km; Elevation gained/lost: 615 m/-822 m, Average slope: ±10%
Day four confirmed what we already believed, that mountain bikaneering in the Chilcotins is awesome. More fantastic riding and some decent photos from the day.
Mountain goats! (Oreamnos americanus)
Shawn working on his pensive face
A more reasonable creek crossing
Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata), not to be confused with Hairy Marmite
Day 5 – Almost Spruce Lake to Tyaughton Lake
Distance traveled, far; Elevation gained/lost: a lot, Average slope: steep%
Our last frigid morning slowly receded down the valley as the sun rose until it finally hit our gear and breakfast area, thawing us all and giving us energy for the final push back to Tyax Lodge. The day promised to be long, but we had it on good authority that the Lick Creek trail was awesome and that wildflowers would be in full bloom. Fortunately, the sun also gave us energy to get back int he saddle and set us on our way.
Tim and Leah through the last pass towards Lick Creek
Carpenter Lake through the haze
Oh good, we’ve finally entered the falling area
We commandeered the lake from paying guests