Chilcotin Bikepacking Adventure

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.

Lunch break at Relay Col trail.

Lunch break at Relay Col trail.

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.

3 day adventure, covering 93 miles and 15,000 ft. of elevation.

3 day adventure, covering 93 miles and 15,000 ft. of elevation.

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

Besides reading several interesting blogs, including this long-distance trip report, we used these materials to plan:

Regional information

Maps

Bikepacking setup

My bikepacking setup is described here, and Lee’s setup is pretty much this.

Photo credits

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.

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