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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

South Chilcotin

Bridge River Valley, South Chilcotin, BC , Mountain Biking
Photo by Blake Jorgenson

True Wilderness Singletrack

The name sounds ancient, like the people who first knew the land. Say “Chilcotins” to riders on any continent, and they will give knowing nods and likely admit they haven’t been there—yet. The South Chilcotins is pure wilderness singletrack. A visually spectacular area with mid-elevation grasslands, sub-alpine and alpine meadows, lakes, and mountains. Over 200 km (124 mi) of trails wind through meadows and along alpine ridges, with a variety of trip loops of varying difficulty and distances to tackle.

These are rugged, wilderness trails and to ride them you need to be prepared and self-sufficient. After a day of epic adventure, return to the comfort of a full-service lodge complete with a spa, a guest ranch, cosy motel, or a catered alpine hut.

Number of Trails:
103
Highest Elevation:
2,820 m
Trails:
easy
3
intermediate
32
difficult
62
extra difficult
6

South Chilcotin Inspiration

Uncover the stories of this wilderness paradise.

Getting here & Trail Access

What makes this place so special? This remote area in BC is not easy to get to. It's part of why this iconic destination is so alluring. The nearest community to the South Chilcotins is Gold Bridge, located at the west end of Carpenter Lake. Four-wheel drive is recommended to reach this area at any time of year.

To access the South Chilcotin, head west from Lillooet towards the Bridge River Valley communities of Gold Bridge, Bralorne, Gun Lake, Tyaughton Lake, and Marshall Lake along Highway 40. If you're coming from Whistler, head up the Pemberton Valley and over the Hurley Forest Service Road (four-wheel drive is strongly recommended).

Driving Distances & Times:

  • From Whistler - 131 km (81mi), 3 hours 30 minutes
  • From Vancouver - 267 km (166 mi), 4 hours 30 minutes
  • From Lillloet - 103 km (64 mi), 1 hour 50 minutes

The easiest way to reach the trails in the South Chilcotin is by floatplane, with options to fly from Whistler, Vancouver, or charter private flights in and out of Tyaughton Lake.

Trails access can be found at:

  • Jewel Bridge/Slim Creek trailheads
  • Tyaughton Lake area via the High, Taylor, Tyaughton, or Relay Creek Trails

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