A few months ago, I ran across an article on Pinkbike about bikepacking in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia. The pictures looked amazing, so I delved more into it. The region is pretty remote and wildlife of any kind may be encountered, including grizzlies. Not wanting to be the only food source for these big bears, I didn’t want to go there alone. Now, who would be interested in joining me on a hike-a-bike expedition in remote Canada? Who, but Lee Blackwell of course! Combining business with pleasure, he was able to arrange a trip in mid-July to Seattle, and together we explored the Chilcotins.
The Chilcotin and Big Creek provincial parks are located about 50 miles north of Whistler, but covering those last 50 miles by car takes about 2+ hours.
Detailed reports of our adventuring follow:
- Day 0 – Getting there
- Day 1 – Taking the fast way in
- Day 2 – Big Creek and Tyoax Pass
- Day 3 – Cross-country route finding leads to happy ending
- Trailventures’ map and guidebook: Must-have. Waterproof and accurate!
- Ibycus 4.0: free GPS topo map. Has barely any trails, semi-useful.
- Backroads trail map: $150 GPS map. Lots of trails and roads, but not accurate when it comes to small trails
- Trailforks’ map of trails: Good rating system and trail info
- Our basic itinerary was to follow this complete bikepacking route, but we weren’t able to cross Big Creek and made up our own route afterwards.
All pictures with name format “YYYY-MM-DD hh.mm.ss_small.jpg” are by Lee Blackwell. The rest of the photos are copyright by myself, 2wheeltrails.