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Type of Riding: XC, All-Mountain
Elevation Gain: 2000 meters
Estimate time to do this ride: 8-15 hours
Trail Head Location (just up the road from the upper parking area): Google Maps Parking recommended upper parking location or… Tyaughton Lake Road Parking (lower down – not as recommended as upper parking location) or Ride from Tyax Lodge if you are animals.
Description: Windy Pass is a mighty epic. Plan on being out all day and make sure you get an early start. You will climb up Taylor Basin and your high point is Windy Pass, which is an awesome place for a meal break. From here on the ride is mostly downhill… but the ride out along the Gun Creek Trail can be shattering on tired legs as there are loads of short steep climbs and flat traverses. You might strongly consider parking a retrieval vehicle at the junction of Gun Creek Road and Tyaughton Lake Road as the final few kilometers back up to Tyax Lodge are steep and by the time you get there you are beyond tired.
This is an incredible epic ride with jaw dropping views and incredible single track.
The descent down to Spruce Lake from Windy Pass has been getting a bit eroded in the past few years so be careful in some of the troughs that have developed.
Key trails are: Taylor Creek, High Trail, Gun Creek Trail.
Taylor Basin, Windy Pass, Gun Creek – Chilcotins, BC on Trailforks.com