I was scouting the area up to Darcy (where the pavement ends) on my buell road bike last week. This coming weekend I will be camping and riding my TW200 in the area for a few days.I will take pictures and report back with my take on the area.
This loop route from Whistler is relatively long (200 mile) day ride that is 2 completely different types of riding. The road from Whistler north through Pemberton and on to Darcy Lake is a nice mountain drive and short precursor to the next phase, which is a gravel forestry road that runs along the western edge of Anderson Lake and is known as the Seton Portage road. YOU MUST HAVE AN ENDURO BIKE, a road bike can not feasibly go on this road. It is accessed just before reaching the end of the road that ends at a boat ramp on Anderson Lake. The lakeside road is about 20 miles long and it will take the better part of an hour to get to Seton Dam and a small town with beer hall near there. Ther road is gravel with many rough spots and numerous blind corners with a lot of climbing and descending on a fairly high line accross the flanks of a few mountain. Second part of this is to get to Lilloet by going up and over a great climb out of the valley to connect to Highway 99 coming down in Lilloet. This is more high speed oiled gravel for half of it and then pavement appears as you get to 99. The road back to Whistler from Lilloet is a fantastic biking road with a steady dose of high speed sweepers and S-bends with a lot of spectacular scenery along the way.