Lyon Lake Loop

Lyon Lake Loop near Sechelt, BC


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17 kms
2hours
difficult
Mountain Biking
Summer, Fall, Spring
Sechelt, BC
User sechelt
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: advanced ESTIMATED TIME: 2.5 hour ride/17 km

ACCESS: Follow Highway 101, 13 km. west of Sechelt and turn right at Trout Lake road. Trout Lake road becomes the Halfmoon Bay Forest Service Rd. Proceed up the main branch for 16 km. Take the left fork 500 m. past the power lines and proceed to the next fork. This second fork is the start and finish of the loop. For safety reasons please ensure that your vehicle is completely off the road. The Halfmoon Bay F.S. Rd. has been deactivated to “easy” four-wheel drive: it should not be attempted in a conventional vehicle.

ROUTE: The trail is best ridden clockwise. Follow the left fork of the road and follow the markers on the main line for approximately 5.1 km. At this point you are rewarded with views of Pender Harbour and Sakinaw Lake. Also this portion of the road becomes steep and gravely and should be approached with caution. Follow the right fork along the Caren Main and proceed for 1.5 km. where the road forks and you again keep right. A further 2 km. through some old growth is another. Keep to the right. This begins the most confusing section of the loop where one could easily take the wrong turn. Follow the skid road for 200 meters and go left down a very technical, steep, rough, overgrown skid trail for approximately 500 m. to a logging road in poor condition. Follow the logging road right, through challenging terrain and uphill. The road gradually improves over this final 6 km. section and the route terminates at the original fork.

The Lyon Lake loop is marked with a small white Mt. Biking symbol with a brown background or, in the symbol’s absence, a double band of yellow paint.

POINTS OF INTEREST: This loop offers beautiful, panoramic views of the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Island, Texada Island, Jervis, Narrows, and Sechelt Inlets and the Coast Mountains. As well, the route is located amongst some of the oldest forests in Canada.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By CraigHPosted By: CraigH  - Tue Mar 29 17:48:18 UTC 2005 Not Rated Comment As of March 25th, there is at least 12" of snow up there so is unrideable until it melts off.
By CraigHPosted By: CraigH  - Mon Mar 14 18:07:58 UTC 2005 Not Rated Comment More information on Spipiyus Provincial Park.

http://www.naturalists.bc.ca/fbcn_bn/2002/bn0209-7.htm

By CraigHPosted By: CraigH  - Mon Mar 14 17:56:34 UTC 2005 Not Rated Downside Has anyone found any better maps of the area? Planning to head back up there in the next few weeks and would like to avoid a repeat of our trip last year. Comment This loop is in the same area as Spipiyus Provincial Park.

http://wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/spipiyus.htm
By CraigHPosted By: CraigH  - Mon Jun 21 18:51:22 UTC 2004 Not Rated Upside Great views of Georgia Straight, Vancouver Island, Pender Harbour & Sakinaw Lake due to old clear cuts. Downside Maps of this ride available on the net are missing some logging roads, so if you rely on them you'll probably make the same mistake we did.

http://www.bigpacific.com/whattodo/images/bike_lyon.GIF

We ended up turning right to early, ending up on a ridge above the lakes on the North end of the map, looking for the "poor quality" skid road, which we never found.

The access road to the trail head is rough & steep. A high clearance vehicle is required as there are drainage ditches to cross.

The Back Roads BC map book has a better map of the area.
Comment Quite a few stupid grouse up there.

We were up there on a sunny Saturday afternoon and didn't see anyone, so if you are looking for remote, this is it.


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