RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

A vast network of trails exists in the Southern Chilcotin Mountains. These trails exist due to first nations, miners, hunters, cattle and outfitters (horse) use of the past and today. Much more recently, recreational users are beginning to impact these trails. The trails are maintained primarily by local outfitters – and for this reason all other users should be grateful. Trail Ventures BC also does some work to keep the trails clear.

The trails here are well suited for a variety of activities. Packhorse trips (horseback riding), mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing dominate within the parks here. Sledding (snowmobiling) is a popular activity in the Southern Chilcotin Mountains but predominantly outside park boundaries. Out-of-park activities include 4-wheeling, quad, dirt biking, hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking and hiking. Hunting also occurs within and outside the parks from Sept. 1 – June 15 annually.

Trail Ventures BC Southern Chilcotin Mountains Trail Map - GPS Based - hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, horeseback riding in the South Chilcotin - Hiking the High Trail in Eldorado basin to Windy Pass; Copyright: Trail Ventures BC Inc.
Hiking the High Trail in Eldorado basin to Windy Pass
Snowshoeing in the alpine along the B&F Trail in early winter
Snowshoeing in the alpine along the B&F Trail in early winter
Charter floatplane service to Warner Lake increases the options for backpacking and mountain biking trips
Charter floatplane service to Warner Lake increases the options for backpacking and mountain biking trips
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking in upper Taylor basin along the Camel Pass Trail
Packhorse trip through the alpine along the Graveyard Creek Trail
Packhorse trip through the alpine along the Graveyard Creek Trail
Crossing Big Creek along the Dil-Dil Nadila Trail
Crossing Big Creek along the Dil-Dil Nadila Trail
Camping in the upper Manson Creek basin
Camping in the upper Manson Creek basin
Backpacking along the Lower Tyaughton Hiker's Trail
Backpacking along the Lower Tyaughton Hiker’s Trail

Within the parks, all trails are used for hiking and horseback from spring to fall. Some of these same trails are suitable for mountain biking. Many mountaineering routes exist within the map area which access high alpine lakes, ridges and summits. In the near future, park management plans for both parks will be devised and put into place – expect that some trails will be limited to certain activities. This website will post all relevant changes to park management (for both parks) in the future.

Check out this video about backcountry travel in the Southern Chilcotin Mountains (starts at 2:45 minutes into the video): https://vimeo.com/85148657Hiking the High Trail in Eldorado basin to Windy Pass

Activity Commonly Used Trails
Horseback – All
Hiking/Backpacking – All
Mountain biking – Gun Creek, upper Tyaughton, WD, Deer Pass, Taylor Creek, Spruce Lake area

 

Backpacking along the Deer Pass Trail with 'Sheba Ridge' in the distance
Backpacking along the Deer Pass Trail with ‘Sheba Ridge’ in the distance

Mountaineering along Warner Ridge S of Iron Pass
Mountaineering along Warner Ridge S of Iron Pass

Mountain biking in Camel Pass area with "Camel" in background (picture courtesy of Doug Pope)
Mountain biking in Camel Pass area with “Camel” in background (picture courtesy of Doug Pope)

Mountain biking the trails around Spruce Lake
Mountain biking the trails around Spruce Lake

Horseback riding on Dil-Dil Plateau
Horseback riding on Dil-Dil Plateau

Deer Pass makes for an excellent backpacking destination when the weather co-operates
Deer Pass makes for an excellent backpacking destination when the weather co-operates

Much more detail regarding dayhiking, backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, fishing activities and trail descriptions will be available in Trail Ventures BC’s upcoming guidebook for this area.

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