Day 17: Taylor Basin to Lick Trail Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins, BC)

 
 
 
 
 
  

The night before I had arranged to meet up with some bikers from Vancouver to do the Taylor Basin to Lick Creek ride as a shuttle using the resorts shuttle bus. I packed up all my gear and packed my car with my stuff and then rode round to the resort office. But we found that although the resort staff the previous night had said they could a shuttle , the shuttle driver refused to do it unless we hired a guide. As that was quite pricey the guys from Vancouver decided to drive home and do a ride on the way back.

I decided to do the ride on my own and ride the road to the start of the trail, a decision that turned out to be a very good one as the ride was the best one of the holiday.

Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) It was a clear sunny day but was quite chilly to start off with, The road ride up wasn't too bad, and I only took one wrong turn on the way to the turn for Taylor Creek Road. Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Taylor creek road started off as a well defined road, but as you rode further up it it became more like a double track, and it looked as if only bikes, ATV's and horses went up it. One bridge over a creek had collapsed.
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
The road climbed steadily upwards and the trees were thick in places along side the trail, I had my first Grizzly bear encounter of the day as I was riding up the road, about 30 meters up the road from me a Grizzly bear appeared from round a corner. I shouted out loud and made my self look big , and he disappeared off into the trees. I continued making noise for about tem minutes, and then with my heart pounding I decided to carry on past the bear and rode on up the trail past where the bear had gone off the trail.
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) In places there's were clearings along the road, and the views were great. Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)
  Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins) Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)

Riding up the Taylor Creek Road to Taylor Basin (Chilcotins)

As well as going up the road dropped downwards from time to time, and the road started to turn into doubletrack.

Taylor Creek Trail - Video (16 MB)

Taylor Creek Cabin Taylor Creek Cabin Taylor Creek Cabin

As I got to the Taylor creek Cabin, 3 ATV's went past each them had a gun on their ATV , all I had was some bear spray and bear bangs.

The inside of the Taylor Creek cabin couldn't exactly be called cosy.

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=

From the cabin I took a left turn and rode up the Camel Pass trail, which was tight singletrack which rolled up and down , but mainly up towards the Pearson trail. It was very hard work riding up the singletrack as the air was thin and I was tired from the previous days ride.

Riding up the Camel Pass trail - Video (8 MB)

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width= Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width= Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=
Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width= The scenery was breathtaking and the altitude was breath taking as well, I was very glad I had decided to go ahead with this ride, and that I had decided to ride on past where I had seen the Grizzly bear. Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=

Taylor basin singletrack Camel Pass Trail - Video (9 MB)

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=

Taylor basin singletrack - Video (9 MB)

Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width= Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width= Taylor basin mountain bike singletrack -  Camel Pass Trail (Chilcotins) width=
The Camel pass trail joined onto the Pearson trail and headed south towards the high trail, the riding was still pretty tough as it was mostly went up. The ride was great though as I felt as if I was the only person for miles around and the scenery was stunning.

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Looking back down the Camel pass trail

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Looking up towards Camel Pass

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Looking up the trail to where I was going to ride

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Heading up the Pearson Trail towards Harris ridge - Video (10 MB)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Looking back into the basin

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)
Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Looking back into Taylor Basin

  Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)  

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

It was cold and windy at Harris Ridge - Video (6 MB)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)
Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

Heading down Pearson trail - Video (3 MB)

Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins) Pearson trail singletrack heading towards High Trail (Chilcotins)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

Descending down the high trail - Video (11 MB)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) I branched off right on the high trail and headed downwards towards High trail S Br. High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)
High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)
High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)
The views were stunning , some of the best I've seen while riding my bike, and the singletrack when it was descending was great fun.
High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)
  High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins) High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

High trail singletrack - Video (9 MB)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

High trail singletrack - Video (4 MB)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

High trail singletrack - Video (5 MB)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

High Trail Singletrack , Taylor Basin ride (Chilcotins)

There was no getting way from the fact there was a lot of hike a bike on this ride.

Looking back on where I'd ridden

The climb up Trail S Br, was a hike a bike as it was very steep with loose dirt, and was very rutted from horse hoofs

 

After the trail leveled out the single track was narrow and fast again - Video (8 MB)

I eventually came to the top of Trail S BR , and started to drop down it towards Lick Creek Trail. The trail headed down a valley with a stream running down it.

Descent down to Lick Creek Trail, Taylor basin singletrack ride

Heading down valley to Lick trail cabins , unfortunately i stopped filming just before a Grizzly Bear burst out of a stream about 10 feet in front of me !!!

Video (15 MB)

Taylor Basin Grizzly bear encounter Taylor Basin Grizzly bear encounter Taylor Basin Grizzly bear encounter
The bear made a huffing noise and headed up the slope to my right away from me, and then even though I was making noises and waving my arms around he settled down on the slope, and eventually started snuffling around for food, so I decided it would be safe to continue down the trail past him, as he was a fair distance away from the trail now.
Taylor Basin Grizzly bear encounter Taylor Basin Grizzly bear encounter Descent down to Lick Creek Trail, Taylor basin singletrack ride

Lick Creek Hunters Cabin

I stopped and had a break at the Lick trail cabin where i relieved to find some people working at the cabin, so I didn't have to worry about bears for a bit. I had some food and then set off up the Lick trail.

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)
Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Looking back down the lick trail where I had ridden up, It was quite a tough climb up the lick trail with some hike a bike.

  Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Descending the Lick Trail - Video (27 MB)

The lick trail was fantastic smooth fast singletrack through the alpine meadows, with tight switch backs and views of the mountains and lakes in the distance, It didn't look like Horses came this way very often.

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Descending the Lick Trail - Video (34 MB)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) The Lick trail singletrack just got better and as it headed down through the meadows. Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

More Lick Singletrack - Video (25 MB)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)
Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)
Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Once the trail got into the trees its started to get very steep in places with steep drops off to the side of the trail.

Lick trail heading down steeply through tress - Video (4 MB)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins) Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)#

Narrow lick trail singletrack - Video (7 MB)

  Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)  

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

As the trail dropped down further it got more twisty , and the vegetation got thicker.

Twisty Singletrack - Video (34 MB)

Lick Creek Trail, Taylor Basin Mountain Bike Ride (Chilcotins)

Getting to the end of Lick Trail - Video (13 MB)

The trail followed an old road, and was quite fast as it headed downwards - Video (11 MB)

Retuning on dirt road - Video (4 MB)

As I rode back along the dirt road I spotted a black bear off to the side of the road, and I took a few pictures of him. He was 1/3 of the size of the Grizzlies I'd seen earlier on. Black Bear on way back to Tyax Resort
Black Bear on way back to Tyax Resort Black Bear on way back to Tyax Resort Black Bear on way back to Tyax Resort

On the way back I found some more of the Tyax lake singletrack and took that back to the Tyax Resort - Video (22 MB)

My cycle computer said I'd ridden 28 miles in total. The ride had been the best one of the Holiday, with the descent down Lick Creek through the meadows being the best part. And the stunning colours and scenery in the Taylor basin were pretty good too. The down sides to the ride was the long climb up the Taylor basin road, and the risk of getting eaten by a bear. Taylor Basin to Lick Creek Map
Ride Profile
Tyax Resort Photos Tyax Resort Photos Tyax Resort Photos
Back at Tyax resort I washed my bike and chained it up to dry, I then had a shower in the Sauna area, and then packed up my bike
Tyax Resort Photos
Map of drive from Tyax to Whistler

The drive back along the Hurley password only took me 45 minutes to do, in total the drive from Tyax to Whistler was 83 miles in distance. The views from the road as I drove back where much better than on the way out, as it was sunny and clear now. I got to Pemberton as the Sun went down and then drove onto whistler where I was staying at Glacier's Reach which had been recommended to me by Gary from Calgary. I got a really rate by booking with http://www.alluradirect.com

I got there late and bought a burger from a McDonalds as nowhere else was open. I tried to use the hot tub but found it wasnt very hot, before getting to sleep.

I took a bunch of pictures as I drove along the Hurley Road which are shown below.
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler
Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler Hurley Pass Dirt Road on the way to Whistler

DAY 18