Gravel from Lillooet to Lytton

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  1. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    In Lillooet the other day I was told about a gravel route to Lytton (or more accurately a ferry that would take me across the river to Lytton). I gather that out of Lillooet you take the Texas Creek Road, but the lady that I was talking to didn't know any details. She said that it was popular with motorcyclists...does anyone have any info on this? Road conditions, distance, ferry times etc?
    Thanks, eh!
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  2. Canadian Dirtbag 2

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    Greetings, I"ve ridden this route or portions there of a number of times. This is a spectacular section of road, one worth riding that's for sure. Lots of scenic vistas, portions of vibrant red clay and some tight switchbacks make it a fun ride. I actually rode this particular section 2 years ago in mid October, a slight skiff of snow falling. If you hook onto Texas Creek Road just follow that, it will turn to gravel a couple km's South. Once on gravel, you will find it to be very forgiving, easily rideable by a "street" bike with suitable tread. From a navigational standpoint, it is pretty hard to get lost. Just stay on the "main" road ( as indicated by use) and you'll make it to the ferry on your left hand side in about 2 hours or so ( if I remember correctly). You might want to google run times for that little ferry because it services a very small population base and has it's own non-conventional schedule. Are you aware that the road continues South from where you plan on crossing the Fraser via ferry? It too is an outstanding section that can take you to Boston Bar ( due South) or if your feeling adventurous, you can opt for the Harrison Lake ( due South West) route.

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  3. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    You da man, SuperP! Thank you - that's just what I needed to know. I'll be riding it next year, am looking forward to it now :thumb
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  4. shuswap1

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    That run is a fav of mine, just ridden a couple of times but on my list of exceptional rides.
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  5. Lycan1

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    You can get all the way to Boston Bar on the west side of the river if you use the power line trail south of Lytton, but it can be very challenging depending on the season.

    We found washouts just before we got to the proper roads again.

    It was so smokey that run the vistas weren't there.
    I'll add a gpx file of our run as soon as I get a chance.
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  6. Canadian Dirtbag 2

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    Sounds like you rode this (Lytton south to Boston Bar) last year or the year before when the forest fires ravaged the province. So far this year no smoke and minimal fires make for really good riding conditions. If riding this portion in the heat of summer consideration to smoke conditions is always wise due to increased risk/ frequency of forest fires. FYI, Lytton often records the hottest temperatures for the whole country! It holds the record for second hottest day in Canada EVER recorded at 44.4 Celsius. However, one can easily ride this portion of road during the shoulder seasons as well when conditions are less favourable for fires and still very optimal for riding. Don't forget the option to head west when you reach the Nahatlach River and ride the East side of Harrison Lake, a great finish to the ride.
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  7. shuswap1

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    ....or turn west onto Texas Creek road, which leads to Molybdenite Lake. We haven't gotten to the lake yet, heard there were washouts on the road up there. Anybody update this?
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  8. Lycan1

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    It was last year and at some spots trees were still smouldering.

    This year we went from Coalmont up over to Boston Bar and then over to East Harrison. Conditions are challenging on East Harrison. I would recommend unless you are a good rider on at least 50/50 tires and have someone with you. It might take a long time for help if you needed it.
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    Tell me a little bit more about your run from Boston Bar to Coalmont? I have ridden Boston Bar to Merritt a number of times and have enjoyed that. I am leaving in early September for some exploration of new areas and upon a quick survey via GOOGLE maps your Coalmont run looks fairly promising.
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  10. Lycan1

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    I'll do one better and post pictures and a track by the weekend. Logging roads some good, some washed out. It was worse on one section ( steep and getting rutted from erosion) and better closer to Boston Bar as there is logging going on. Weekend is better for running that so you Don't end up dodging logging trucks on narrow winding roads.
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    Can't wait to see what you have for me. Currently soliciting ADVer's to join the ride, if not , then will be going solo.
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  12. gunnerbuck

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    That road is almost always in rough shape, especially early season.. The 4x4s use it so later in the season it gets packed down a bit more and they tune up some of the slid over sections as well...
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  13. uncle m

    uncle m Been here awhile

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    Boston Bar to Coalmont track.

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    North of Boston Bar


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    On the Logging roads just west of the steep rutted couple of kilometers

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    Just south of Lilloet

    It was in 2017 according to my pictures.

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