I set off on a mountain bike, heading up Gun Creek on a hiking/horse trail towards the summit of Mt. Sheba in the southern Chilcotin Range, in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. I felt that using the bike was the only feasible means of reaching this summit with such a long approach.
As it turned out, I found my progress much slower than I had anticipated. The trail was great for hiking on, but a little rough for biking along many portions. There were some good sections along the way in which I made good time, however, and even though I found myself pushing the bike over the rough and hilly sections, I was still making better time than on a hiking approach. [photo]GunCreek.jpg[caption]Gun Creek[/photo]
The trail closely follows Gun Creek in some sections, while after crossing the creek two more times, gradually climbs higher above into beautifully meadowed aspen groves. [photo]AspenGrove.jpg[caption]Aspen groves[/photo]
From here, you get glimpses of the reddish colored slopes characteristic of the southern Chilcotin Range. [photo]RedSlopes.jpg[caption]Colored slopes[/photo]
After about 12 kilometers there is a junction in the trail. The right branch heads northeast towards Spruce Lake, while staying on the left branch takes you further up Gun Creek, with three scenic lakes enroute, the first being Hummingbird Lake. So I continued on my way towards Hummingbird Lake and Mt. Sheba. A few kilometers further along the trail, I entered a hitching post, where a party on horse back were resting up on a lunch break. So I stopped off to have a chat.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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