Taylor Basin/ Spruce Lake

Taylor Basin/ Spruce Lake near Lillooet, BC


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
22 kms
21hours
moderate
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Fall, Summer
Lillooet, BC
User wanderlust
NTS Map: 92J15. A gorgeous trail that clambers through the rounded rust/blue/grey mountains between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin plain. The trail begins on a logging road with some greenery along the edges to break the monotony. The 5 km mark (from where you must abandon a 2wd car) crosses Taylor creek and finds you at a cozy 2 or 3 tent stopover site. At this point the trail is in forest and much more pleasant. 6 km from the campsite you arrive at Taylor Basin cabin - scary on the outside, cozy on the inside, with lots of room for tents. From the cabin you can explore the countless peaks and ridges throughout the valley, or follow the trail (another 11 km) to the next valley over and the gorgeous Spruce Lake. Allow at least 3 or 4 days to explore this amazing landscape!

There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.

Directions:

From Lillooet follow Hwy 40 toward Gold Bridge. After the hydro dam, follow the road along Downton Lake approx. 50 km, and turn right onto the well-maintained dirt road signed for Tyax Lodge and Tyaughton Lake. Keep following the signs for Tyax, but stay left at the fork that is the resort driveway. Stay on the main road until you reach a 3-way fork, the middle of which is a dead end. The right is Mudd Creek FS road; the left (leading upwards) is the road you want. The road is good, but cut with water gutters every few hundred meters which can be negotiated with SLOW driving and decent vehicle clearance. Do not be sucked in to following the new road up the mountain. Keep an eye out for a sharp turn left and up, where a slightly grassy, almost hidden road down and to the right is the one you are supposed to follow (2wd may want to park here - except maybe rentals!) Take care, the new road is not on the current Forest Services Map. At the first T-intersection turn right, and at the next one right again. Technically a good, high 4wd can drive this road right up to the bridge over Taylor creek, others may be comfortable parking at the 2nd turn-off, about 2 km from the first wilderness camp site.

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By chilcotPosted By: chilcot  - Thu Mar 29 15:20:19 UTC 2007 Not Rated Comment SPRUCE 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


HORSE GRAZING

 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

By Mackenzie_ofShulapsPosted By: Mackenzie_ofShulaps  - Sat Jul 15 09:44:58 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside My favourite area in the world to be. It has some of the most amazing terrain and breathtaking views. the mountain biking is world class and u may notice was featured in the collective. do not pass up an oppurtunity to visit this spectacular wilderness. Downside as for your mention of the hurley it cerainly is a beautifull drive and the clearcuts actualy add to the view if can believe it (no joke) the only problem is unless u have a 4x4 or dont care about your car its pretty rough and hasnt been looked after well the last few years. my funny story about the hurley is one time when we were going up we saw a rolls royce coming down. had to take another look cause i didnt believe it at first. Comment im a little buyest seeing as how my cabin is situated in the area and ive been going there all 16 years of my life.
By kristalynnPosted By: kristalynn  - Wed Jul 12 20:04:57 UTC 2006 Not Rated Comment Hey there...has anybody done any riding here? How mountain bike friendly is it?
By kristalynnPosted By: kristalynn  - Wed Jul 12 20:03:04 UTC 2006 Not Rated Comment Hey there...has anybody done any riding here? How mountain bike friendly is it?
By trexuphighPosted By: trexuphigh  - Fri Jul 07 01:08:20 UTC 2006 Not Rated Upside On a warm sunny long weekend it is an awesome area, free of crowds. Great camping areas, accessible peaks, clear streams, colors to die for. Downside Far from Vancouver and Whistler compared to hikes in Garibaldi.
Rough access road to trailhead
Comment Come in late June or early July Hike the ridges, and slide on your goretex or rain coat down to the valley floors...great fun, fast, and easy on the knees.
By mgsuperk@yahoo.comPosted By: mgsuperk@yahoo.com  - Sun Jan 30 09:20:10 UTC 2005 Not Rated Comment Can anyone tell me what map no is the Taylor Basin in
92 O/? ?? Thanks
By jeannettePosted By: jeannette  - Fri Aug 15 04:54:22 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Comment Sorry, I am missing one "T-intersection" in the above directions. After you have turned onto "Bircha Ave.", you'll come to another "T" in about 1-2km, on which you turn left.
By jeannettePosted By: jeannette  - Fri Aug 15 04:52:03 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment Sorry, I am missing one T-intersection in the above directions. After you have turned onto "Birch Ave.", there's another "T" in about 1-2km, where you turn left.
By jeannettePosted By: jeannette  - Thu Aug 07 17:37:09 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Everything! A gorgeous scenery, so much contrasting to the rugged Coast Mountains. You’ll see mountains colored in junkyard rust on one side, luscious green on the other, white snow-fields in between. The ridges are rounded, fairly easy accessible and give you spectacular 360° degree views. You'll wander through wide-stretching alpine meadows, whose colors and smells are intoxicating. Even the swarms of mosquitos and horseflies couldn't spoil this fascinating beauty. Depending, on where you park, it's a fairly easy hike in, at most 11km to the Taylor Basin cabin, or to the number of sites for pitching your tent. The cabin has four bunk beds, and is fairly well equipped with stove, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, firewood, and all kinds of tools, like a saw, hammer etc. Comment There's also an alternative approach to the one described above via Pemberton (summer access only). Taking one to get there and the other one on your way back makes for an incredibly scenic drive. From Vancouver, take hwy 99 to Whistler. 35km after Whistler, the road forms a "T", turn left at the Petro Canada station (gas up here, it's the last stop). Go towards the village of Pemberton. You'll reach a rotary, take its 2nd exit. After crossing the railroad tracks, you'll come again to a "T" intersection, turn right onto "Birch Avenue". Follow this road which will turn into Pemberton Meadow Road. After 23km, there's a sign for the "Coast Mountain Outdoor School" and the town of Gold Bridge, follow these, turning right at the pay phone. After 9km, cross the bridge and follow the road uphill to "Hurley River and Gold Bridge". Don't get confused by the road closure to "Meager Creek" and the hotsprings, that's not your way and shouldn't bother you! This logging road starts out fairly steep uphill, but flattens out on top. The road has quite some potholes, but a 2wd with a good clearance should make it. Take it slow. The road then goes downhill into the Bridge River valley, where you'll see a sign which says Bralorne, but follow the road towards Gold Bridge. After about 60km on this gravel road you enter a road which is seal coated. Turn right on hwy 40, soon you'll see the town of Gold Bridge, but stay on hwy 40. After 8km, you'll see a sign for "Tyax resort", follow this sign, turning left. From here, it's the same as the directions described above. Also, see the uploaded GPS data. We (and some other hikers as well) had a bit of tough time finding the actual trailhead, especially if you are trying to follow the description from the "Don't waste your time in the BC Coast Mountains" book. When you reach what appears to be the end of the road, before the steep section, ascend SOUTH (not north!! as the guide suggests), to the edge of the forest, where you turn right and go west, onto another old road.


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