any advice or favorites on places to car-camp near gun/tyaughton/carpenter lake? we're planning to head up there next weekend to do a couple of day-long loops. there seems to be number of forest recreation sights in the area, but not much info to be had about any of them.
We've stayed at the Gun Creek campsite a few times over the years. On long weekends it will be full but we had no problem getting a site late Friday night this weekend. It used to be a BC Parks site so the sites, tables and outhouses are nice. No running water, but there is garbage [HTML_REMOVED] recyling service. Downside it is down the gravel hill and along the highway from the riding around Tyaughton Lake.
Mowson Pond FRS, we've never stayed there but it is reasonably popular with riders.
Friberg FRS, on Tyaughton Lake is probably the most popular, I've never stayed there either. It is about 1/2km from the Tyax resort. It is on the lake so we've stopped by for a post ride swim.
Tyaughton Creek FRS, We've stayed here a lot, but it isn't close to the popular rides.
If you don't mind paying and want showers:
Tyax resort, stayed here quite a few nights. Convenient if you are flying out, or want a restaurant or lounge.
Bridge River Retreat, stayed here twice. One night was bad as there was a group who partied all night and there was no night person in charge to shut it down. The other time was fine.
I've recently heard there are a couple of sites near Gun Lake but I don't know anything about them.
There are other rec sites up other valleys, but aren't close lakes you mentioned.