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Warner Lake

Photo of Warner Lake and Tyax Air, by Jordan Manley

South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park (British Columbia) is a visually spectacular area with mid-elevation grasslands, sub alpine and alpine meadows, alpine lakes and mountain peaks. There are broad valleys and ridges with interconnecting trail systems. More than 120 miles of trails on 72,000 hectares weave through valleys and alpine meadows, over mountain passes and along exposed ridges, offering an excellent variety of loop trips of varying difficulty and distances for hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers.

This adventure starts with a floatplane ride via Tyax Air from the Tyax Wilderness Resort on the shores of Tyaughton Lake to Warner Lake at 6,100 feet elevation. The Epic ride begins on the Warner Pass Trail and follows the sub-alpine shoreline of Warner Lake until meeting up with the Gun Creek Trail. Spectacular views and fun singletrack take you to Trigger and Hummingbird Lakes. Side trips are possible along the way.

Warner Lake, South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, B.C. 60 miles north of Whistler. 154 miles north of Vancouver.

The trail is mostly buffed and narrow but with a few exposed, technical sections.

3,300 - 6,100 ft.

Total distance:
26 miles

Estimated ride time:
5-9 hours

Floatplane drop season:
June - September

Price for Warner Lake one-day ride tour:
$315 per person. Includes flight, guide, lunch and shuttle

Fitness expectations to do the ride:
Intermediate-advanced, only. You must be a strong and confident rider who is comfortable on steep and technical terrain, have a higher level of fitness and be able to climb on your bike for upwards of two hours.