Expect scenic and ecological values on this trip to be outstanding. Riding Gun Creek to Spruce Lake as an out-and-back singletrack adventure will introduce you to only a minute fraction of trails available in this area. The Garden of Eden atmosphere that typifies this special place requires special care, so limit the frequency and length of your stay. When encountering equestrian and hiker traffic DISMOUNT. Equine beasts are super-sensitive and react skittishly to the steel steed. Common sense will go a long way and help give credence to the mountain bike community. Starting at the Jewel Creek/Spruce Lake Trailhead the trail parallels Gun Creek, subtly gaining elevation through a conifer forest mixed with aspen and cottonwood. There are frequent open areas along the creek to enjoy the view. At Eldorado Creek, cross a small foot-bridge and continue up old forested moraines before rejoining Gun Creek. The route crosses a sturdy bridge and continues up the creek. There may be a few short sections where the bike will have to be pushed. Across the river, goat trails are identifiable on the cone shaped scree slopes.Crossing Gun Creek again, some elevation is gained until the open slopes of the alpine grasslands are reached. Early in the season this area is lush and profusely flowered. Reaching the junction at 11.5 kilometers, climb a further 200m in 2kms, to reach campsites on the east and north end of Spruce Lake. You may even want to bring your fishing rod.This ride is moderate, scenic and wholly recommended. The trail is completely singletrack with few obstacles. The descent is extremely exhilarating. Your level of excitement will easily prompt joyful whoops to warn the bears of your presence!If you feel strongly about this area give support to the Southern Chilcotin Mountains Wilderness Society, General Delivery, Gold Bridge BC VOK 1PO.
Type 26 km Out and Back Jewel Creek/Spruce LakeTrailhead 41 km from Pearson Creek Duration 5 - 7 hours Elevation Gain - 525m Season - May to October Terrain -Singletrack 100% High Point 1570mGrading Moderate
Map 92-J/15 92-J/16 92-O/3 A good overview to the area is the Spruce Lake Draft Forest Service Map. Contact the Forest Service in Lillooet at250-256-1200 for a free copy. Using Enquiry B.C. 604-660-2421, the call will also be free.Gun Creek to Spruce Lake?Spruce Lake Wilderness
ApproachFrom Gold Bridge (0km) travel downhill back to Hwy 40 to the single lane bridge crossing the Bridge River (1km). At 1.3 km stay right and go uphill at 2 km, keeping left and passing La Jolie Dam and Downton Lake before climbing up to Gun Lake. At 6.3 km stay left on the main road that continues along Gun Lake. Keep left at 14.5 km on the Slim Creek Main and pass a hidden airstrip. At 18.4 km stay right and descend into the Gun Creek valley. At 22.6 km turn right and park at Jewel Creek Bridge trailhead.Ride Breakdown
0 km 1046m - Cross the Gun Creek and follow trail left upstream. Right goes to Gun Creek Canyon and Pearson Creek. See Option
0.5 km 1050m Short carry/push across scree slide.
4.0 km 1100m Cross Eldorado Creek on narrow footbridge.
7.0 km 1200m Cross Gun Creek on sturdy bridge.
9.0 km 1210m Cross Gun Creek again and gently gain elevation into the alpine grasslands.
11.5 km 1380m Spruce Lake junction. Options to travel toHummingbird, Trigger Lakes and Warner Pass Taseko and ChilcoLakes to Williams Lake to the east or Bella Coola to the west.
13.0 km 1570m Spruce Lake.
Option: Gun Creek Canyon
A loop is possible travelling 7 km of the Lower Gun Creek trail to connect with the Jewel Creek Bridge trailhead. From Goldbridge, head east 10 km to the Tyaughton Lake turnoff. Travel uphill 2 km past Mowson Pond (FSRS here); at 4 km turn left onto Gun Creek Road. In 5 km cross Pearson Creek and park. Follow the singletrack along Gun Creek 7 km to the Jewel Ck. trailhead. Either continue to Spruce Lake or cycle the Slim Creek Main to the main paved road on Carpenter Lake (Hwy 40) and complete the loop back to Pearson Creek.
Reprinted from Greg Maurer's Mountain Biking in SouthWestern Bristish Columbia, with permission.
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Posted By: rkozak
- Fri Jun 13 14:59:27 EDT 2008
QuestionAre there backcountry cabins that you can bunk in around Spruce Lake? If so, where are they located?ANSWERS are in this forum: Spruce Lake
Posted By: ChrisO
- Thu Jul 05 16:45:07 EDT 2007
CommentThere's still snow on most of the passes, but the Jewel Creek to Spruce Lake trail is snow free, dry, and the huge amount of windfall from the past winter has been cleared thanks to Tyax Lodge working with other tour operators in the area. Windy pass is still snow bound, as is the high trail.
Posted By: schmoodo
- Wed Jun 13 20:37:46 EDT 2007
CommentHello, I am interested in doing Spruce Lake and Taylor meadows ( windy pass) in the second week of July 2007. Has anyone been up there lately? If so what is the snow situation? I guess I am wondering whether or not the trail will be rideable in early July. Thanks
Posted By: chilcot
- Thu Mar 29 11:16:11 EDT 2007
CommentSPRUCE LAKE AREA RULES By working together now, we can help to maintain Spruce Lakes unique environment, so it can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.
BEAR PROBLEM PREVENTION
Please remember: Bears that become a problem are put down.
Do not feed the Bears Hang your food on a high bar Pack out all of your garbage Completely burn all meal scraps in the fire pit Ensure no fish parts are buried or left at the beach, wharf, or camp Ensure day lunches are packed with you and not left laying around
TRAIL ETIQUETTE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES
Keep dogs on a leash at all times Yield right of way to horses and hikers Dismount bikes and walk all blind corners Keep speed to a maximum of 5 miles/hour on all trails Step 15 feet off the low side of the trail to allow horses to pass safely When approaching a string of horses, stop 50 meters before you reach them and let them know that you are going to pass
Public horse grazing is available at the bottom of the open side hills at Cowboy Camp, (i.e. at the South End of Spruce Lake) The North end of Spruce Lake is for Tenured Horse Operators only
TRAILS AROUND THE LAKE
The trail on the East side of the lake is for public access Trails through or past any Private Camps or cabins are not for public use Private Property trails on the West side of the lake are not for public use
PUBLIC CAMPSITES & PRIVATE CAMPS AND CABINS
Public campsites are provided midway along the East side of Spruce, and at the bottom of the side hills in Cowboy Camp, (for Public Horse Campers) Other facilities around the lake are Private and are not for Public Use Please respect quiet campers at the North end of Spruce Lake (i.e. no dogs, no loud music, no parties) Firewood, tents, equipment, and boats at Private Camps are not for Public Use Only use biodegradable soap in the lake; regular soap will kill the fish food
Posted By: Wardle
- Sun Jun 18 23:52:29 EDT 2006
UpsideGreat views of the sub alpine
DownsideA long steady climb that gets worse in the last 3 KM
CommentI rode this yesterday and the bridge at Eldarado creek had been washed out in recent flooding which made for a fun crossing otherwise the ride is a steady long climb that will ware you out by the top. Bing lots of water! The down hill is fast and took two hours with the change of one tire. Well worth the irde and bring a camera