Chilcotin September, 2008
Some aerial reconaissance photos of the area are here; all photos were pulled from Randall and Kat's Flying pages.
From Vancouver via Hurley Forestry Road (4.5hrs) (This route is closed in Winter)
The Hurley River Forestry Road is gravel and summer access only. From Vancouver take Highway 1 to Horseshoe Bay then Highway 99 to Whistler. 35kms after Whistler the road forms a “Y” you turn left into the village of Pemberton (gas up here it is the last stop)
After crossing the railroad tracks the road forms a “T” again. You will come to a stop sign where you will turn right onto Birch Avenue. Follow this road which will turn into Pemberton Meadow Road.
After 23kms (14.4 miles) you will see signs for “Coast Mountain Outdoor School” and Gold Bridge, Meager Creek, turn right here. After 9km, you will cross over a bridge and will see a sign “Hurley River & Gold Bridge”, take this road uphill.
This logging road starts out to be steep but flattens out on top. It then goes downhill into the Bridge River Valley. You will see a sign to the right which says Bralorne, but follow the road towards Gold Bridge. After 60kms (35miles) on this gravel road you enter a road which is seal coated. Turn right. You are now on Highway 40.
After 200 yards (1/4km) you see Gold Bridge on the right but stay on Hwy.40 and after 8 kms (5miles) you see the Tyax sign. Turn left and after another 4kms you will see Gun Creek Road on your left. Turn here. Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures is the first ranch on the left (you will see the sign)
WARNING: The Hurley River Road is not a highway but a Forest Service Road. It can be rough and have unexpected pot holes as well as some narrow spots. Take your time and drive with caution.
From Vancouver Via Duffey Lake Road and Road 40 5 hours (Winter driving time at least 6 hours)
Drive from Pemberton to Lillooet over the Duffey Lake Road (Highway 99). In Lillooet get on to the Carpenter Lake Road (Hwy.40) towards Gold Bridge. When you get gas in Lillooet ask them to direct you. Follow Carpenter Lake Road for 92km until you see the Tyax Resort sign. Take a right and follow that road for 4km until you see Gun Creek Road on your left. Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures is the first ranch on your left and you will see our sign.
WARNING: The Carpenter Lake Road is a maintained Highway and School bus route
but you must be cautious of sharp corners, rocks and wildlife on the road. Drive
with caution and care.
Last trip was described here:
Sept 3rd - drive to Gun Creek ranch.
Your duffel should not exceed twenty five pounds per person and be packed in a soft weatherproof duffel bag. Preferably all your gear along with your sleeping bag can fit into one bag. Following is a list of some items that you should include.
Lunch - packed sandwiches and drinks. Bring own pop, beverages, cliff bars, luna bars etc if required.
(this was for a self-supported trip) - can pare it down.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR TRIP:
We prefer our guests to arrive the night before. We can arrange accommodation for you and your group for a small additional charge. If you arrive early enough we will go over horsemanship skills the night before your trip is scheduled to depart.
Key points to remember when hiking/biking:
Be alert to your surroundings. Make noise and watch your footings. Be cautious where the horses are. If you meet on the trail with an oncoming pack string, yield and remove yourself as far off the trail as possible (to the low side and preferably at least 3 metres away). Bikers should not approach a pack string within 50 metres. Talk while the horses are passing you, so you do not startle them. Please make sure that you have an extra pair of light shoes for creek crossings as well as a day pack to carry your lunch, rain gear and shoes in.
Package is provided by Spruce Lake Tours ; contact is Casie Menhennick
Phone is (250) 238-2375 - email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Some trips up there are profiled here; a July trip with alpine flowers in 2005; a fall colors trip in 2003; and another fall colors trip in 2001. Also see Taseko Lake to Tyaughton Lake from earlier this year.
Here is a 1:250,000 scale map of the area.