10.1 miles
2,612 ft
-854 ft
1 mile
High Point

There is no designated campsite this night. You are allowed to camp in the backcountry but please respect the environment and practice no impact camping. Pack out what you pack in.

This is the second day of the Backcountry Adventure South Chilcotin trip. After waking up at Hummingbird Lake, make your way to the north end of Spruce Lake to pick up your additional gear (if you decided to do a gear drop). Enjoy the lake and let the heat of the day burn off before making your way up High Trail. Find somewhere to setup camp just below the alpine and Windy Pass.

Windy Pass is a spectacular place to take in the sunset, so if you have extra energy, make your way up to the viewpoint after setting up camp

Expect this route to take 4-6 hours given how much time is spent at Spruce Lake and hiking your bike up some STEEP sections of High Trail.

Detailed Description
Backcountry Adventure - Chilcotins Day 2 is a 10 mile less popular intermediate route located near Bridge River Valley British Columbia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 2,612 ft with a max elevation of 6,699 ft then descends -854 ft.
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6 Reviews & Comments

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jaspermountainman VARDA (Sep 5, 2021 at 17:31)
Trail High Trail
Excellent trail. Expect some hike a bike sections (rated black with 900m+ elevation gain) but it's worth it. Super fun as part of a descent from Windy Pass and also excellent as a through route from Spruce Lake out to the road. In hindsight I would have taken Pepper Dog and Molly Dog to get a bit more single track rather than taking High trail to the end as it burns a ton of elevation on the double track out but that was still fast and fun and a little spicy.
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chadopia (Jul 22, 2021 at 9:02)
Trail High Trail
So this trail is absolutly amazing and stunning, highly recommend with a bike ;0) be prepaired for a few hike-a-bike sections we did it with full bike packs etc. It will push most of you. But sooo worth it. And way easier than dear pass. Lots of griz tracks so make your weird human noises to keep them aware of you. Super fun descents all over the place.
  • + 2
murdoch50 (Jul 19, 2021 at 13:03)
Awesome section of trail, great rolling terrain with only a few short technical sections, great camping spots along the way. Climbs near the end to get up to the Grasslands.
  • - 1
ForemanYVR (Sep 11, 2020 at 18:28)
Trail High Trail
This is a push for what will feel like an eternity. It will not end, and when you think it’s over, it’s not. This isn’t a bike trail and a warning should be posted at the bottom. You’ve been warned. I seriously thought I was going to die. I’ve never been so destroyed, by the tome we made it to the bottom, in the pitch black I felt like that gumby dude you see at the end of a marathon, muscles seizing, delusional and exhausted beyond comprehension. We ran out of water near the top and thankfully made out way over to melting glacier and managed to fill our water bladders with silty runoff that seemed to make me more thirsty. Don’t forget the grizzly tailing our ass. To summarize, do not attempt this on a bike.
  • + 2
PWinter (Jul 30, 2020 at 14:49)
Trail High Trail
Very steep(!) bike push up from Spruce Lake to Windy Pass. Beautiful views. Drop down into the valley, nothing too difficult. We elected to take Taylor Cr-Pearson-Camel Pass to rejoin High Trail. Not sure if that's a good alternative or not (lots of pushing) but great landscape and views. Rest of High Trail down was pretty standard single track with last few k on wide track. Adventure!
  • + 0
kevinkennett (May 23, 2018 at 7:37)
Trail High Trail
Riding this in July! Can't wait!


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More Stats for Backcountry Adventure - Chilcotins Day 2 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1,758 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,753 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,699 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,332 ft
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Riding the wild side of Spruce Lake Protected Area
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Mid Gun Creek Trail (Deer to Spruce)
Aug 23, 2022 @ 8:51am
Aug 23, 2022
There are several sections of prolonged water coursing down the trail. The worst is between trigger and hummingbird lake. Several spots need some trail work with tools to fix or trail will deteriorate further. The water should be easily diverted vs running 50m straight down the trail.
Spruce Lake Main
Jul 20, 2022 @ 1:35pm
Jul 20, 2022
Trail is clear of all deadfall, a few muddy patches
High Trail
Jul 17, 2022 @ 9:15pm
Jul 17, 2022
Lots of snow on the section west of eldorado cabin, particularly north slopes. Very good in the valley below that and linking with Taylor Creek Trail.
Mid Grasslands Trail
Jul 15, 2022 @ 10:47am
Jul 15, 2022
Trail was cleared by Tyax Adventures during the week of July 10. Deadfall has been removed and drainage work done where needed. Have fun and ride safe! Tyax Adventures Crew.
Upper Grasslands
Jun 17, 2022 @ 7:18pm
Jun 17, 2022
A fun adventure hike but not functional for bikes, many many trees down and significant snow
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