Looks like the weather is going to stay spectacular. Anyone interested in joining me for a hike? It is another new one for me...be prepared for about a 3 hour hike. The details below are taken from vancouvertrails.com
Brothers Creek Loop
Region: The North Shore
Time: 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 350 meters
Season: April - November
Dog Friendly: Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Approx. 30 minutes from Vancouver
Brothers Creek Loop offers a beautiful hike through a forest of large Western Red Cedars along the mountainside in West Vancouver.
After finding parking along the street, walk towards the gate and observe the private property sign and disclaimer. The land in this area is owned by British Pacific Properties Ltd. and they allow hikers to use the trails at their own risk. Continue past the fence and along the forest trail, catching remnants of old wooden rail ties in the ground once used by loggers to bring fallen trees out of the forest.
After a short distance, you come to the Baden Powell Trail sign on your right. Do not take this trail, instead continue to your left, past the sign and continue walking up the rocky road to the next trail intersection. At this junction, go right and follow the Brothers Creek Fire Access Road as it makes its way up hill. On your right, a concrete foundation is all that remains of an old sawmill used during logging operations in the early 1900's.
Continue along the trail until you reach a sign that points to the Crossover Trail. This is a shorter route perfect during the winter months when snow covers the trail at higher elevations. During the late spring, summer, and fall, continue making your way uphill to complete the entire loop.
After another 20 minutes up the trail, you will reach a hairpin turn with a small sign that marks '5+6'. This is a short side trip that takes you to the Candelabra Fir, an old growth tree (now a dead snag) that is 60m tall and over 9m in circumference. Go straight for about 20 meters before heading right at the 'Candelabra Fir' sign and following the bright coloured trail markers downhill through the fallen trees. You cannot miss this monstrous tree that dwarfs all of the surrounding trees. This tree got this name because once its branches resembled a candelabra. A short trip beyond the Candelabra Fir brings you to another large snag of a Douglas Fir, not quite as large as the first, however still an amazing sight. After taking in the sites, head back up hill towards the main Fire Access Road.
The trail continues wandering gradually uphill until you reach a bridge that crosses Brothers Creek. Cross over the creek and slowly make your way downhill. Keep an eye open to your left for occasional glimpses of two beautiful waterfalls tumbling down over the sharp, rocky cliffs.
Continue to make your way back downhill as the trail wanders through groves of cedar trees. About 45 minutes downhill, you meet with the Crossover trail. Continue past this intersection for another 15 minutes until you meet with the Baden Powell Trail. Go left towards the open clearing and stay to your left, following underneath the power lines as you make your way back down towards Brothers Creek.
The bridge crossing offers another beautiful view of a waterfall as water continuously rushes down at a torrent pace. Make your way up the other side of the river and follow the Baden Powell Trail eastbound for about 15 minutes until the trail meets with the Brothers Creek Fire Access Road intersection that you passed earlier in the day. Follow the rocky road downhill, past the Baden Powell sign on your left until you reach the fence and the Brothers Creek Loop trailhead.
How to get to Brothers Creek Loop
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes
Finding the trailhead to Brothers Creek Loop can be difficult through the maze of streets in West Vancouver's British Properties.
From the Lions Gate Bridge
If you are traveling across the Lions Gate Bridge, take the West Vancouver Exit and loop around towards the bridge across the Capilano River. After the Capilano Bridge, take the first right hand turn onto Taylor Way and head up the steep hill, underneath Highway #1 and continue going straight to a series of roundabouts. Turn left onto Southborough Drive and a short distance later, make your first left onto Highland Drive. Continue heading up hill for just over a kilometer until you reach a stop sign at Eyremount Drive. Turn left here and shortly after, make a right onto Crestline Road. Turn left at the first street onto Henlow Road and then right on Millstream Road. Just up ahead, you should see a short portion of road that goes off to the left. This is where Brothers Creek Loop begins.
From Highway #1
If you are coming along Highway #1, take the Taylor Way exit and turn right (coming from the east) or left (coming from the west) onto Taylor Way and drive uphill a short distance until you reach a series of roundabouts. Turn left onto Southborough Drive and a short distance later, make your first left onto Highland Drive. Continue heading uphill for just over a kilometer until you reach a stop sign at Eyremount Drive. Turn left here and shortly after, make a right onto Crestline Road. Turn left at the first street onto Henlow Road and then right on Millstream Road. Just up ahead, you should see a short portion of road that goes off to the left. This is where Brothers Creek Loop begins.
Note: Please be sure to not block driveways or park where you're not supposed to. This is a residential neighbourhood and there is not a lot of space to park. Be courteous to those who live in the area.
View a map of Driving directions to Brothers Creek Loop.
Transit Access to Brothers Creek Loop
From downtown Vancouver, walk to the corner of Georgia and Seymour and take bus #250 towards Horseshoe Bay. After crossing the Lions Gate Bridge, get off the bus at the Park Royal Shopping Centre. Walk across the street to the bus stops on the South side of Marine Drive and take bus #254 to the British Properties. Exit the bus at the top of Chartwell, at the corner of Chartwell Drive and Eyremount Drive (ask the bus driver if you are uncertain).
From the bus stop, it's a short 10-minute walk through the neighbourhood to the trailhead. Go left (west) along Eyremount Drive to the first street and go right and up the hill on Crestline Road. At the first street on the left, go left onto Henlow Raod and continue walking up hill. At the top, go right on Millstream Road and walk a short distance to where the road forks. Walk up the short section of road on the left to the fence that marks the start of the trail.
Dogs at Brothers Creek Loop
Brothers Creek is dog friendly and accesible. Please pick up after your dog and remove all waste from the park to ensure it does not attract other wildlife. Be cautious of bears and keep your dog under control.
Toilets at Brothers Creek Loop
No toilets are located along Brothers Creek Loop.