McGillvray Pass For ATV Riding
The 31st most popular all terrain vehicle trail in British Columbia.
Friday 22 July 2016 05:00 GMT
West of Kamloops and southeast of Gold Bridge, the McGillvray Pass area offers a full days adventure.
To reach the trailhead from Gold Bridge, follow the road to Bralorne. Turn on to the Kingdom Lake FSR just before Brexton.
This road passes above the old Pioneer mine site that has a couple of bridges out, and also passes by Lost Lake, Noel Lake, Kingdom Lake, and Mead Lake. At about the 11 km mark (50.45.202/122.45.455) you will find an old hotel/boarding house of some kind. Taking the road down beside the old structure will reveal numerous out-buildings, old mine workings, and a couple of bridges. The one main bridge seemed to cross back over Cadwallader Creek, but was only quad wide.
Other trails in the area include Hawthorne Creek Trail located around the 14.5 km mark, and Piebiter Mt Trail at about the 19 km marker. Over the bridge, at about the 19 km mark and up a side trail to McGillvray Creek Trail & Pass. Very overgrown, cross-ditched area. We kept on the lower road to try and mimic the creek passage. We reached a T-intersection for snowmobiles and took the lower road to the right. Lots of deadfall to clear by chainsaw and extreme off-camber sections; good quad trail. All along the trail you can see boards and the old telegraph wire; this might have been the pack-mule line into Gold Bridge in the old days.
Note: As of August 2008, the Ministry of Forests Regulations require all ATV drivers to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to ride on Forest Service Roads. In addition, the ATV must have valid third-party liability insurance, which is typically around $120 per year. The Conservation Officers will issue a $600 ticket if you do not have proof of insurance.
Overall, McGillvray Pass is the 31st most popular ATV riding trail of all 61 ATV trails in British Columbia.