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Taylor Basin – Kamloops Trails

Taylor Basin – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

Taylor Basin – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  September 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

Some years ago we traveled to Tyax Lodge on Tyaughton Lake to do some hiking in the South Chilcotin Ranges.    One of the hikes we did was into Taylor Basin.   We drove on backroads up the Mud Creek FSR to Taylor Creek, then started the long hike up the valley into the basin under Eldorado Mountain and Taylor Peak.

The area’s sub-alpine valleys and passes below colorful peaks makes for scenic and rewarding hiking.

We were impressed by the quality of the hiking experience – moderate inclines, open views, wildflowers, good single track trails, historic sites, and many route choices.   

The area now sees more mountain bikers than hikers.    This group came from Spruce Lake on their way down to Gun Lake.  

 

The old cabin in the basin was used by miners working the Lucky Strike Mine.   The cabin is still in use by campers, especially when the weather turns wet.  

 

Our hiking route to Taylor Basin.

 

 

At the upper end of the basin, trails link up and carry on into the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park.  

 

A Google Earth Fly-Over of the Taylor Basin area:

 

 

It has been our intention to return for a multi-day backpacking trip and it is still on our “to-do-list.”

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Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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