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Chris from Vancouver writes:

Great trail!
The occasional insults from folks scared of dogs can ruin the experience sometimes but it remains a good hike close to Vancouver.

    Posted: August 27, 2023 01:15:38 PM PST

    Hilary from Vancouver writes:

    Be aware the lower bridge is closed because one of the big supporting logs is cracked. We were able to cross the river because it was very low.

      Posted: June 8, 2023 04:53:21 PM PST

      Dan from Langley, B.C writes:

      Be advised that the home is currently closed as they are doing Fire fuel management(I think the sign said) in the area. See the attached pic. This is as of Jan 28/2023

      • Brothers Creek Loop photo

        Posted: January 28, 2023 05:02:03 PM PST

        Adam from Vancouver writes:

        accurate description. easy to navigate.
        the trail is around 7km, not hard. it is suitable for kids also. lovely tree, nice waterfall, and beautiful Lost Lake.

          Posted: August 21, 2022 09:20:12 PM PST

          Sam from Vancouver writes:

          A good hike if you are looking for constant elevation during the 1st half of it. Very rocky on the way up and after you pass the bridge, its tree roots and dirt trails. I walked through a lot of spider webs so be aware you may be air swimming many times >.< I enjoyed the hike. It was well marked with reflectors. Trail signs along the way if you'd like to detour or merge onto a different trail that's connected. I enjoyed it and would do it again

            Posted: July 27, 2022 09:21:45 PM PST

            surinder from delta writes:

            thank you DAN for the update

              Posted: June 23, 2022 11:31:19 AM PST

              Dan from Langley writes:

              Excellent hike! Beautiful forest, waterfalls, etc. For people wondering from posts that they have read about this hike- there is a new bridge now so the loop can be completed.
              It took about 3.5 hours with the usual stops for pics, food, bathroom breaks, etc.A little sloppy in parts due to water run off-a decent pair of hiking shoes and you're good to go.
              A little challenging for the first half tho-a constant incline until you get to the bridge. Listed as intermediate which is fair. Go do it!

                Posted: June 10, 2022 09:43:27 PM PST

                surinder from delta writes:

                im planing to do this trail soon, can please anyone verify if trail is open due to last comment.thanks

                  Posted: March 11, 2022 10:26:06 AM PST

                  Guest from VANCOUVER writes:

                  Google maps claims the trailhead is closed currently? July 20, 2021. I know the bridge near the end of the hike is down, but how can a trail be closed?

                    Posted: July 20, 2021 03:15:51 AM PST

                    Alex from Vancouver writes:

                    I did this hike on June 06, 2021. Great hike up to the bridge which is still not replaced, but under construction. We went up and did the detour / longer loop via Lost Lake and Blue Gentian Lake. That section of trail was interesting but unfortunately extremely muddy. The majority of that route was spent navigating ankle deep, "suck your boot off" muck, which definitely detracted from the fun. Also 2 creek crossings on rocks that are highly doable, but will result in wet feet as not all the rocks are fully above water this time of year with runoff. It would be a great hike later in the summer under dryer conditions, or once the bridge is back.

                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                      Posted: June 6, 2021 07:43:27 PM PST

                      Dan Schneider from Langley City writes:

                      Did this hike on Jan 15/2021. Have done this trail twice before. Good intermediate 7k workout. Good elevation gain but no severe sections. A lot of comments about the bridge being out. It is, and in January the crossing was a little sketchy so we didn't attempt it. This area is right around where the trail begins to be snowpacked.
                      For those who want a 7k workout-when you reach the section where the bridge is supposed to be according to my fitness app it's almost exactly 3.5 k in, so torn around and you are still tackling 7k! Happy hiking!

                        Posted: January 16, 2021 09:05:16 AM PST

                        Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                        Gorgeous loop that mostly deserves 5 stars, but half a star might be docked because of the gravelly fire access portion going up to the creek on the east side: this part is so-so, but it takes only about an hour. Did the loop yesterday... the bridge is still out but I watched a few others just hop over on the rocks. I took the alternate route up to Lost Lake and then to Blue Gentian (gorgeous, both!), then down to meet up with the loop on the west side of the creek, and continuing down to the BP trail intersection. Lush forest, waterfalls, beautiful lakes, this little hike has it all. Blue Gentian is an ideal spot for lunch, too, with a picnic table. On the whole, there are very few muddy spots right now and the trail is mostly in excellent condition.
                        This whole hike took me 3.75 hours, no lunch break but a few photo stops.

                          Posted: August 9, 2020 04:58:04 PM PST

                          Kate Maki from Vancouver writes:

                          Has anyone hiked at Brothers Creek Loop recently? Is it still muddy?

                            Posted: July 31, 2020 02:22:37 PM PST

                            Lauren from Vancouver writes:

                            Decent hike option if you're looking to stay in Vancouver. The trail notice on this page says that it's not possible to cross the creek where the bridge used to be, but that wasn't true as of yesterday. The 2nd half of the hike was very muddy in places, but also offered some of the nicest scenery.

                              Posted: June 29, 2020 07:56:00 PM PST

                              Ryan from Van writes:

                              Great Hike. It mentions that it takes 4 hours, but I completed it just over an hour. Only stopped for water and a bathroom break. Bridge is gone, but its easy enough to get across by using the rocks as stepping stones. It's still a muddy/wet while going down due to all the snow.

                                Posted: June 29, 2020 11:40:02 AM PST

                                Justo from Burnaby writes:

                                Hiked the whole loop, it was extremely wet!! There was streams running through where the trail normally is. The water under where the bridge was is very stronge, not safe to cross. We decided on the detour and that added at minimum an hour due to all the flooding on the trail and having to cross 2 rivers. Might be a better trail for later in the summer.

                                  Posted: June 21, 2020 08:49:02 AM PST

                                  VanHiker from Vancouver writes:

                                  Done parts of this hike on the West side of Brothers creek from Millstream road to Blue Gentian lake. Start at the western end of Millstream road near a bridge over brothers creek. The entire trail to lake is very nice and not too hard and is 3 KM. The brothers creak trails ends just north-east of blue Gentian lake. On the west side of Blue gentian lake there is a short trail that leads to the Baden Powell trail which you can follow back down to Millstream road. West Vancouver says the new brothers creek bridge will be installed in 2020. There is still lots of snow north of the crossover trail in April 2020.

                                    Posted: April 19, 2020 01:07:22 PM PST

                                    Dan from White Rock writes:

                                    Just did this hike on Jan. 4/20. First off, as stated on the header for this hike, this hike is NOT four hours. It took us 3 hours and that's with many stops to eat, bathroom breaks, pics and 10 mins to cross the creek.
                                    The bridge crossing the creek is still washed out (dunno if there are plans to replace). That being said, we were able to cross the creek at the bridge location but just barely, with the recent rains in the area
                                    bringing the water level up. There was also a bit of snow in the higher elevations, and quite a few muddy slippery areas.
                                    Other than all that, this is a great semi challenging hike with all the elevation in the first hour and a half. Do it, you won't be disappointed.

                                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                    • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                                      Posted: January 5, 2020 12:13:56 PM PST

                                      randy king from Vancouver writes:

                                      We did this hike last weekend and enjoyed it. The loop plus detours to the trees (candelabra fir and the other Douglas fir) and both lakes took about 4.5 hours (leisurely pace with a stop for lunch at Blue Gentian lake - 2nd photo). We couldn't find the Brothers Creek Trail from Blue Gentian Lake, so doubled back and crossed the creek where the bridge had washed out. It was quite easy crossing on the rocks (see 1st photo). As someone else mentioned, the west side of the loop (the return section as described in the directions) is nicer, as it goes along the creek, far below in a steep canyon much of the way. The bridge crossing on the Baden Powell trail (3rd photo) is stunning.
                                      One thing we particularly liked about this hike is that it was quiet - not many people. It's a beautiful forest hike along the creek with lakes and waterfalls. The only stunning vistas (of Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, and beyond) are at the trailhead, overlooking the homes of the British Properties.

                                      • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                      • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                      • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                                        Posted: September 30, 2019 10:40:27 AM PST

                                        Jakob from Vancouver writes:

                                        I've done this a couple of times a few years back, when I was in better shape and remembered it as moderate->easy....but there is a fair amount of elevation gain!. Took Almost 2 hours to get to the creek (which perfect passable) and a little more than an hour going back. Recovering from injury, so it was slow-ish on the way down.

                                        The east side of the loop is filled with gravel/rocks and is not especially nice. Next time I'll just go out and back on the west side, which is far nicer. The terrain will look different anyway!.

                                          Posted: July 17, 2019 04:55:15 PM PST

                                          Eric from Richmond writes:

                                          The bridge is still out and probably will be for quite some time.
                                          However, even though the missing bridge is talked about so much, it is a complete non-issue; at least at this time of year.
                                          It is super easy to cross the creek by walking over rocks that are very close together and much higher than the water.
                                          Or if you prefer, you can avoid this by going up to Lost Lake and Blue Gentian Lake and still complete a larger loop. This will turn the hike into 9 km or just under 3 km longer.
                                          Other than the fire road which is mostly loose rocks and quite dull, it is a very beautiful hike.

                                            Posted: May 30, 2019 01:39:35 AM PST

                                            Ida Know from Vancouver writes:

                                            Is the bridge on the trail still closed? If so, how much longer would the detour take? Thank you!

                                              Posted: May 27, 2019 11:04:45 AM PST

                                              Nina from Vancouver writes:

                                              Gorgeous hike! Not too steep, but not too easy; very lush, lots of shade, bridges over creeks and little streams and (nearly) no stairs!! Also stunning view of Vancouver from a couple of places. Took us about 3hrs, we did the whole (normal) loop as the water at the broken bridge was pretty low, no difficulties to cross there. Had to climb over a big fallen tree though, but i like those kind of things :-)
                                              I definitely will be back on that one, i really enjoyed it! 10/10 would recomment!

                                                Posted: May 22, 2019 06:41:21 PM PST

                                                BillyGoat from Vancouver writes:

                                                My friend and I hiked the trail this past Saturday in the rain, which we got a parking spot close to the trail head. There was no one else on the trail when we ascended. When we reached the washed out bridge (see first photo) at about 715 m elevation, there was some snow on the ground. We had to take a detour onto a narrow trail, consisted of wooden steps. It was like a waterfall from the rain run-off. When we reached Lost Lake at 770 m elevation, snow was everywhere and the lake was still frozen. Since we didn't have snowshoes, we didn't proceed to Blue Gentian Lake. Crampons would not have helped, as we still could sink our feet 2 feet into the soft snow. As we could not do the loop, we descended back the way we ascended. There were fallen trees in the path so we had to carefully climb over 3 feet of trunks and branches and avoid stepping into a foot deep pool of icy water. It was a good work out and we got back to our car after about 3.5 hours.

                                                • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                                • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                                                  Posted: April 15, 2019 12:53:15 PM PST

                                                  Leah Rowntree from West Vancouver writes:

                                                  April 5
                                                  Had a lovely hike up to the washed out bridge and beyond today, and then retraced route back to the parking lot. The creek bed was definitely too full of rushing brown water to cross (and I’m pretty brave and have waterproof boots) or I would have done the loop.

                                                    Posted: April 5, 2019 01:36:27 PM PST

                                                    Michie from East Van writes:

                                                    March 23 - hiked up from Eryemount Drive/Millstream. Snow started at powerlines. Was intermittent and then thick/slushy (but still hikable) to Crossover trail. Decided to shorten the hike and headed to Hollyburn Fir. Same thick/slushy snow until halfway to the Fir (love that tree!). Then no snow all the way down Brewis and back to trailhead.

                                                      Posted: March 28, 2019 12:31:51 PM PST

                                                      Joel from Vancouver writes:

                                                      LOST a SONY camera, may have dropped it in the parking lot at the trail head please reply here if you happen to have found it. The hike was beautiful and the creek crossing was straight forward just need a little balance :)

                                                        Posted: December 6, 2018 09:30:10 AM PST

                                                        Lauralee Lamarche from White rock writes:

                                                        Just did this hike, it's probably about a 1.5 hr hike if you're doing the little first loop shown on the map. You can still cross where the bridge was as the creak is quite shallow. If you continue up to gentian lake then itl take you about 3 hours. Lost lake and gentian lake are quite cute. Very easy hike.

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                                                        • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                                        • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                                                          Posted: July 20, 2018 01:53:28 PM PST

                                                          MIKe watt from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Great hike - 3 hours

                                                            Posted: June 17, 2018 09:36:54 PM PST

                                                            Thomas T from Burnaby writes:

                                                            RE: BRIDGE CROSSING - very easy. Water level is low, so you can cross the creek no problem (someone laid a piece of wood down).

                                                            Did this hike for the second time in... 3ish years. Very nice and easy hike (the first 1/4 is a lot up uphill, so can be a tad tiring), but not busy, mostly shaded if it's hot out. Easy to follow directions.

                                                              Posted: June 17, 2018 03:51:35 PM PST

                                                              Mel from Vancouver writes:

                                                              well signed route. as mentioned, if you have poles you can easily cross the creek where the bridge is out without getting your boots wet. beautiful hike.

                                                                Posted: June 9, 2018 05:26:17 PM PST

                                                                Will from Vancouver writes:

                                                                Did this yesterday. Creek seems to have settled down and it was an easy ford where the bridge is out.

                                                                  Posted: June 3, 2018 02:35:37 PM PST

                                                                  Juan from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                  I did this hike today, there still a bit of snow a couple of hundred meters higher from where the bridge used to be.

                                                                  I was able to cross the creek higher on the trail from Lost Lake to Blue Gentian Lake, at the same spot Jenni from the last post commented about, although the water was ankle deep and cold!!

                                                                  I also needed to cross another ankle-deep creek on the way to Blue Gentian Lake.

                                                                  Besides getting my feet wet and a little cold, the hike is great and I really recommend it! Lots of small creeks which their sounds make the hike feel like in an old fantasy story!

                                                                    Posted: May 19, 2018 07:35:46 PM PST

                                                                    Jenni from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    We did this hike today and of course, found the Brothers Creek Bridge still out. We decided to take the alternative route to make the loop, as advised here, to Lost Lake and then to Blue Gentian Lake. But it became snowy before we'd even got to Lost Lake. We ploughed on cautiously with hiking boots and a stick to check snow bridges before we walked across them. We got to Lost Lake and then continued on. We fell one leg into the snow gaps a couple of times. But it was difficult to find our way without following footprints across the snow. According to our GPS tracker we reached the right spot to cross the creek on the way to Blue Gentian Lake. But all we found was a downed tree, that had fallen across the river, and no clear way up to the trail on the other side. The river was high, cold, and fast flowing. We could see no other way across, other than shimmying across the tree, but decided the smart thing to do was turn back. Maybe we lost our way? Anyway overall, it was a nice hike and I would love to make a loop there another day!

                                                                      Posted: May 12, 2018 08:36:48 PM PST

                                                                      Rman from Van writes:

                                                                      Did this hike today.
                                                                      Reached the broken bridge within an hour (3.15km). Didn't want to step into the water to crossover, so turned around. Just a few small patches of snow at the top.
                                                                      Good nature walk.

                                                                        Posted: May 5, 2018 11:05:16 AM PST

                                                                        Coraa from Kitsilano writes:

                                                                        April 4th, 2018 - This is probably my favourite North Shore hike. We're in our 30s and fit and it took us only 2 hours, going counter clockwise. Definitely intermediate for the constant incline and the steep sections coming down. Still lots of snow 30 minutes in. The bridge out wasn't a problem as the creek water was low enough to cross and continue the loop. Coming back signage wasn't as good and we ended up taking the Lawson Creek Trail which means a 10 minute walk on Millstream Street. Really gorgeous the whole way through.

                                                                          Posted: April 4, 2018 03:20:17 PM PST

                                                                          Jill from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          I hiked the trail on January 14. You have a nice view of the ocean/city at the beginning of the trailhead. It was a sunny day and the afternoon sun shining through the trees along the trail was amazing. I brought my snow shoes because I read there was lots of snow in December, but I left them in my car as the ground was completely bare for most of the hike. There are some snowy patches near the end but nothing major.

                                                                          The bridge was washed out so its a hike up and down versus a loop. I read there was an alternate route down if you continued up towards the lake. I followed that trail for a while, but it was very snowy up there and the trail become harder to find as I went on so I came back down the brother's creek trail again.

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                                                                            Posted: February 5, 2018 10:50:42 AM PST

                                                                            Alyssa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Hiked this trail Jan 14, 2017 on a warm, sunny day. Snow starts at around the Crossover bridge on the east side. Hard-packed patchy snow for the remainder of the trail at elevations above the Crossover bridge. I had no problem without snowshoes, but I imagine that could change with another snowfall or two. Bridge at the top is still out but I managed to cross the creek without getting my feet wet.

                                                                            I did the Blue Gentian Lake detour a couple months ago and it added on maybe 45 min to an hour to my hike....but it may have felt longer because I didn't know if I was going the right way.

                                                                              Posted: January 14, 2018 03:15:39 PM PST

                                                                              Barb from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              My dog and I hiked the loop August 12 for the first time. A really nice, quiet trail that's open enough to enjoy some nice views but still feel like you're in the middle of the forest. The hike up is a bit steep but made a little more challenging by the fact the trail is covered with loose sharp stone to keep erosion down, meaning your feet slip frequently and you need to pay attention to where you're walking. The creek was very low at the trail head so we were easily able to cross after playing in the water a little bit. The trail down is fairly steep and crisscrossed with lots of tree roots so minding how you step is important. The hike isn't difficult but I definitely recommend wearing decent closed, lace-up shoes.

                                                                                Posted: August 11, 2017 05:24:33 PM PST

                                                                                DIno from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                Hiked Jul.12. Nice trails and great scenery. Finished in 3.5hrs with a couple short breaks.
                                                                                Lost my wallet somewhere along the way, so please contact me if you find it! Cash reward!

                                                                                  Posted: July 12, 2017 10:27:03 PM PST

                                                                                  Lucy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  Hiked the loop on June 29. Peaceful and beautiful forest, dry road, very nice place to walk. The trail head is hard to find because it looks like someones driveway. The brothers creek bridge is washed out, but you can easily cross the creek because the creek is narrow and water is shallow. We did not cross the creek at this point, instead we continued up to Last Lake, then reached Blue Gentian Lake, from there went down. At the junction of crossover trail, crossed the creek via a bridge which is much lower than the washed out bridge. We walked with relax pace, enjoyed the view, had snacks and took pictures, it took 5 hours. We met 9 persons and 1 dog.

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                                                                                  • Brothers Creek Loop photo
                                                                                  • Brothers Creek Loop photo

                                                                                    Posted: June 30, 2017 09:12:33 PM PST

                                                                                    Robin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Hiked this trail on 9 June. What a beautiful forest! And a couple of nice waterfalls.
                                                                                    Trail is snow-free. Bridge at roughly the halfway point is gone, but we managed to cross the river without problems by hopping over some stones, but the water was not too deep anyway. The part of the trail on the West side of the river is nicest!

                                                                                      Posted: June 13, 2017 08:47:18 PM PST

                                                                                      crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                      Hiked this trail on 2017.05.28. It's a steady 1.5 hrs climb to where the bridge used to be. We wanted to complete a loop via Lost Lake, but had to turn back before reaching the lake due to melting snow. The trail was relatively peaceful as we ran into less than 10 ppl the whole day. I will come back later in summer to finish the loop.

                                                                                        Posted: May 30, 2017 08:16:18 PM PST

                                                                                        AMY from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        IT WAS ENJOYABLE TRAIL UP TO THE BRIDGE.
                                                                                        WE TRIED TO DO THE LOOP THROUGH BLUE LAKE BUT THERE WAS STILL LOTS OF SNOW JUST AFTER THE BRIDGE.



                                                                                          Posted: May 18, 2017 06:27:42 PM PST

                                                                                          Derek Dix from Vancouver writes:


                                                                                          THE BRIDGE IS CURRENTLY WASHED OUT FOR CROSSING BROTHERS CREEK AT THE TOP

                                                                                          Snow has retreated and there was a fair amount of traffic 05.07.17 looking to do the loop or proceed to the lakes. The washout that has happened in Brothers Creek has been very severe over this past winter. Crossings would be a major challenge with the banks washed out and the bridge completely missing.

                                                                                            Posted: May 7, 2017 09:11:32 PM PST

                                                                                            Julia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Hiked this loop on Easter weekend 2017. About 35 min in we hit the snow line. It was ok with good boots on the way up, but snow was very easy to break through up to your knees, like swiss cheese. We had gaitors and poles and needed both, lots of runoff so was very wet. The bridge is as they say, totally gone, we risked crossing the creek as it wasn't very high that day but that could change rapidly. Needed microspikes for sure on the way down and many of the trail markers were blown down so if you don't know the trail it's easy to get lost. If you haven't done the trail before and are not prepared for changing conditions, I'd say wait another 3 weeks until the snow is melted.

                                                                                              Posted: April 18, 2017 08:56:47 AM PST

                                                                                              Meliz A. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              Is there still lots of snow that may require snowshoeing, rather than regular hiking?

                                                                                                Posted: March 31, 2017 06:09:06 PM PST

                                                                                                Anne from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Lost my gold bracelet. I saw your post. Please kindly contact me via e-mail. [email protected]
                                                                                                Thank you!

                                                                                                  Posted: February 25, 2017 06:33:23 PM PST

                                                                                                  Lmar from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  This is a good little loop with some elevation to get the heart pumping. We hiked it on January 28th and it was mostly hard packed snow (if you stayed on the trail) My micro spikes made the hike much easier.
                                                                                                  I was surprised when we got to the brothers bridge where the trail splits to find that the bridge had collapsed! You have to scramble down one side of the creek and up the other to cross over to the next section of the brothers loop.

                                                                                                    Posted: January 29, 2017 01:22:07 PM PST

                                                                                                    Silvia from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                    I liked the trail. It was not difficult at all, but it took some effort, I had to push myself. I am not a strong hiker. I do explore quite often, but I tend to move at a slower pace then the average hiker. It took us 3 hours round-trip (includes being lost for 1km, side trail to Candelabra Fir, which is a must see, and a 15 minute break at the creek). After the creek the trail heads down hill and this was quite hard on my knees. This trail actually reminded me of Dog Mountain (rocks, roots, steep steps), but that's just me. I would say the trail is intricate for the most part. Kept me interested. Lots of signs, markings everywhere. Really good workout.
                                                                                                    Note: We didn't get lost because of poor markings. We just didn't pay attention.

                                                                                                      Posted: August 13, 2016 08:49:15 PM PST

                                                                                                      David from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                      FOUND (on the trail): gold bracelet, near the Brothers Creek bridge. If it's yours, please post your email address and I will get back to you.

                                                                                                      Note: there is a unique characteristic to the bracelet that you will need to identify to prove its yours.

                                                                                                      ...other than that, trail was as advertised; not so difficult and fairly easy to follow. Took only 1.5 hrs round-trip for me and a friend (fairly fit, no stops, including seeing the off-path candelabra Fir).

                                                                                                        Posted: August 13, 2016 01:23:52 PM PST

                                                                                                        MD from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                        Beautiful forest, makes sure you take the short detour to see the massive fir trees. The trail gets quite rooty and rocky halfway through.

                                                                                                          Posted: June 17, 2016 02:19:08 PM PST

                                                                                                          City_Escaper from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                          This is one of my favourite dog hikes. The history attached to the trail from the logging business makes it feel like a piece of history is still alive there with the mill site and the trails for the loggers used over 100 years ago.

                                                                                                          If you are feeling adventurous take the extra time and venture off towards the additional trails that veer off from the Brothers Creek bridge, Lost Lake and Blue Gentian Lake. These two detours offer an easy 500 meter and 1.6Km hike each way respectively. Lost Lake is a quick walk along a slightly forgotten trail, with a few fallen trees and loosely packed soil, it's easy to wonder if you missed it, but thankfully there are plenty of orange markers along the way. When you first reach the lake you will be taken by it's beauty and serenity. Keep an eye on which trail you take to make your way down to the lake as it's easy to get turned around. You know you are near the lake when you come the an opening filled with berry bushes and depending on the season you can eat them "the one's that look like blackberries". Also, yes that's bear poop you might have seen and this is why trail dogs are great companions.

                                                                                                          Blue Gentian Lake is a further hike that will make you feel like you might have lost your way. This trail felt less visited and it had a number of fallen trees, uprooted trunks, and boggy areas but if you keep your eyes on the trail markers you should be able to find your way. And like I said above...You know you are near the lake when you come the an opening filled with berry bushes and depending on the season you can eat them "the one's that look like blackberries". Also, yes that's bear poop you might have seen and this is why trail dogs are great companions. This lake was even more breath taking than Lost Lake, with the sound of the waterfall to the North of the lake/mountain "a hike for next time" I was in complete peace with the silence and beauty. There is a picnic bench there to enjoy a lunch but please for the love of your and my safety please clean up after yourself. Bears hate your egg shells, banana peels, apple cores, etc. (items I found and packed out myself) This lake has a boardwalk that will take you around the lake and down a cross trail that will connect you with Baden Powell that will eventually lead you back to the fork that connects you with the Brotherscreek Loop.

                                                                                                          I hope you feel adventurous and take these two detours but remember to give yourself plenty of time.

                                                                                                            Posted: May 5, 2016 10:42:20 PM PST

                                                                                                            Hiker_Steve from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            This is one of my Favorite Hikes. Did this Hike April 30, 2016, the trail was in great shape, a few very small muddy spots. There are some small bridge crossings that are in need to repair but will not slow you down. This trail is an intermediate trail, with lots of rocks and tree roots to step over and around. I did this loop clockwise, and it took me an hr to reach the top of the loop, so I did a little detour to Lost Lake, stopped and had lunch, about an extra km total added to the hike. Also took a detour to see the Big Fir. Coming down the Fire Road is a little rough on the Knees and Ankles. I decided to go part way down the incline cable railway trail to the cross over trail then back down to the fire road. this is easier on the knees. Met a few people on the trail, that weren't lost but were unsure if they were on the right trail. I gave my Map to one couple to have as they didn't have a map. Please make sure you are prepared for any hiking trip. Maps, water, food, and proper clothing and foot wear. Total time was 2.5hrs, including the stop for lunch and detours.

                                                                                                              Posted: May 1, 2016 11:20:36 AM PST

                                                                                                              Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Hiked this morning in the clockwise direction thanks to previous comments. My knees aren't the best so this was a much better route.

                                                                                                              Trail was mostly dry with some manageable mud puddles and snow for the last 100m of elevation. We added the short side trip to Lost Lake at the top and that trail was almost totally snow covered. We put on microspikes 1/2 way up this trail mostly because we had them, but you could manage with just boots. It was above freezing so it's wasn't icy, but I would advise microspikes if it was a cold morning.

                                                                                                              The return down Brother's Creek fire road was easier on the knees, but a pretty boring trail. If it wasn't for the bits of logging history it would have been very dull indeed. While it's usually nicer to do a loop I would consider just going up and back on the west side of the creek, or perhaps go up to Blue Gentian Lake and come back down the Baden Powell next time.

                                                                                                              Took exactly 3 hours including side trips to Lost Lake and the Candelabra tree at a casual pace, so previous comments of 2.5 hours for the loop are spot on.

                                                                                                                Posted: March 19, 2016 04:18:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                Linda from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Hiked here yesterday starting at 10am. Easy to navigate, a good, peaceful walk in the woods easy hike with a few ups and downs. Beautiful lush green with rushing waterways always nearby. Rocky terrain and some roots sections near skyline after the brothers bridge & the lakes. Misty fog and rain sprinkles turned into snow at Lost Lake higher elevation. Limited views on this hike if cloudy. If you stay on the path you may miss some of the best snow walking. Wear hiking boots here in Feb --It's a must. Unless you like wet socks. :)

                                                                                                                  Posted: February 14, 2016 01:49:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Paul from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                  Just completed this trail this morning. A beautiful forest walk - not too strenuous. We added on a loop at the top that included Lost Lake, Blue Gentian Lake and West Lake. With the additional 4km or so the total time was just about 4 hrs. Without that it would probably have been closer to 2.5 hours as others have commented. Highly recommend adding the lake loop which starts on the east side of the bridge over Brothers creek and brings you back down on the west side of the bridge.
                                                                                                                  Also we returned on the "Crossing Trail" instead of walking under the power lines on Skyline trail. We liked the idea of the forest instead of the power lines. Worked out really well. Total distance for us was about 12 km.
                                                                                                                  Great half day hike.

                                                                                                                    Posted: September 5, 2015 04:53:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Megan from Van writes:

                                                                                                                    Did this hike last week with my small dog.

                                                                                                                    Instructions on the site weren't the easiest to follow and we ended up doing our own version of the hike, out for about 2.5 hours. I'd recommend really reading through the instructions beforehand and taking screenshots before setting out.

                                                                                                                    Trail is nice, no major stumps/loose rocks/etc to complain about.

                                                                                                                    Parking is on nearby quiet residential street, lots of parking available.

                                                                                                                      Posted: August 19, 2015 09:00:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Min from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      This trail is easy! Not much of challenge but nice if you wake up late and want to stretch your legs.

                                                                                                                      The start of the trail is a little strange as it's literally next to someone's house behind a sketchy looking fence. It took us around 2.5 hours to complete the loop and we didn't see any other hikers the entire time.

                                                                                                                      We went earlier in July and the trail was pretty dry (no mud).

                                                                                                                        Posted: July 21, 2015 01:33:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Dannie from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                        Beautiful trail with enough complexity to keep you engaged. There were also several landmarks along the way, such as old logging equipment (I think) marking the old sawmill, a bridge over a cascading portion of river, and an erratic rock that was just begging to be climbed. There is a section where you follow the stream along a very elevated bank and so have an awesomely dizzying view of the gully. We inadvertently took a shortcut through the Skyline Trail as we got confused with the signage at one point, but as we were in a bit of a hurry it turned out for the better since it led back to the trailhead. Lots of higgers (hiking joggers) pass by to make you feel sufficiently out-of-shape, but it was enjoyable nonetheless!

                                                                                                                          Posted: June 12, 2015 04:04:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Amy from Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA writes:

                                                                                                                          LOVED this trail hike! I would have hiked it in reverse from the directions given.
                                                                                                                          I'm in Vancouver this week for a conference but built a personal day into my schedule - I wanted to get out into the spectacular vistas of this place I've read about so often. The one day I had free to hike and see it? Overcast! Disappointed, I regrouped and chose a trail that maybe had more 'inner beauty' than an eye-popping scenic overlook. THIS was IT. The massive old-growth cedars, the waterfall, the evidence in place of the trails history, the rugged terrain, the moderate climb that wasn't too crazy - it was exactly what I hoped it would be.

                                                                                                                          I only had hiking shoes, not boots - it wasn't too muddy but it was rugged. I could see boots would have been a better choice had I had them but I was able to navigate in my trail shoes.

                                                                                                                          My advice would be to hike it in reverse from the directions given and for the reasons others provided: the end as it is listed here has more 'stair step' type terrain that I would prefer to climb UP than lower myself DOWN - sure it would be a steeper start to the hike but easier on knees and just easier period. The beginning as it is listed here is rocky and with a slightly more shallow grade. I would have rather decended THAT, than the stair-steppy stuff.

                                                                                                                          Overall, great hike with inner beauty - perfect for an overcast day.

                                                                                                                            Posted: June 3, 2015 07:21:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                            Sarah from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                            Wonderful hike completed on May 26th! Minimal mud/standing water on the trails. Elevation gain is very manageable; the greater challenge can be navigating the loose rocks and tree roots along some portions of the trail. We made a detour to Blue Gentian Lake, stopped for a short lunch, and still made it back to the car in just over 3 hours. The old growth trees are not to be missed!

                                                                                                                              Posted: May 26, 2015 02:52:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Matt from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                              Hiked on May 8th, no snow, but pretty muddy on parts of the trail.

                                                                                                                                Posted: May 8, 2015 07:21:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Vanessa from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                Hiked this trail today (April 25th). There is quite a bit of snow on the route once you get half way up -- dress appropriately.

                                                                                                                                This is a great hike for beginners who want something more challenging than a nature walk. There is no view point but the trail winds through a scenic forest. Its a mild uphill steady grind until the half way point.

                                                                                                                                Great for dogs!

                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 25, 2015 04:57:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Anna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Hiked this trail today for the first time. We were happy not to run into anyone on the trail and enjoyed the big, heavy chunks of snow falling on us in the forest. Parts of the trail are quite wet but we did the loop in running shoes without any major issues. Beautiful trail - can't wait to check out the waterfall and Lost Lake during warmer months!

                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 23, 2015 04:19:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Matt McDonagh from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                    "Hiked" this trail beginning of March. I use the term hike loosely as it is a fairly well groomed trail with moderate elevation gain. A good trail if you have had a bit too many drinks the night before and are looking for something easy to moderate. Parking is somewhat limited at the trail head which is at the top of the British Properties although there are a good inventory of spots on adjacent streets. No real view points but a good experience through old growth forests. The few waterfalls along the trail make it scenic. In early March there was no snow and the trail quite dry though I would expect it to be muddy after heavy rainfall.

                                                                                                                                    In short, a good easy to moderate hike but not the one if you're seeking a challenge.

                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 1, 2015 10:05:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Christine Babic from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                                                                                                      We did this hike today.. and it was great. Very muddy.. but no snow.. a bit cold at Lost Lake.. but better than the mosquitos that I am quite sure swarm the place in summer. Highly recommend this hike. Took our 11 yr old daughter and our chihuahua (don't judge a book by it's cover - he loves to hike :) ) and both did just fine. Had to pick up the dog in a few snarly places.. but otherwise (small) dog friendly.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 15, 2015 07:38:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Stefan from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                        We did this hike on Feb 21st. No snow on the trail, but lots of people. The trail was a little muddy in sections and some fallen trees in the way after Brothers Creek bridge.

                                                                                                                                        I remember doing this hike last year in April and there being tons of snow half way up the trail.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 2, 2015 10:37:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                          Hiked the Brothers Creek Loop with the Family on the Family Day long weekend. Great hike and spectacular waterfalls. The trail was really muddy coming down on the west side of Brothers Creek and, next time, it might be easier to go up the west side and down the east side.

                                                                                                                                          The side trip to the Candelabra Fir was worth the trip but we almost missed it as there's only a small sign with the numbers 5 and 6 on it.

                                                                                                                                          Overall, an excellent hike.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 10, 2015 09:45:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                            Zee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                            Did this hike on Feb 9, 2015 - no snow at all but was definitely muddy and wet. It took us about 3 hours with getting lost a bit on the way back down. A nice way to spend a wet day outside, and the waterfall at the bridge crossing on the way down was pretty spectacular :)

                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 9, 2015 02:48:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Glenn P from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              Beautiful, clear, crisp day for this hike on Dec 29th.

                                                                                                                                              Packed snow with trail gravel visible on much of the trail so footwear with good hiking tread is recommended. Thin sheets of ice on rock or wood surfaces is more of a concern than the snow conditions.

                                                                                                                                              At the Brother creek bridge we walked to Lost Lake. Such a winter wonderland with quiet so silent you could have heard a pin drop.

                                                                                                                                              We encountered no other hikers on the trail.

                                                                                                                                              Definitely worth doing again in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 29, 2014 04:37:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Arthur S from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                I went this last weekend and considering the rain we had earlier in the week found the trails reasonably dry.

                                                                                                                                                From other reviews I expected to not run into many people but there was at least 6 other groups we encountered and a lot of vehicles when we left. Possibly as this is one of the few trails listed as available in November and the weather was so nice.

                                                                                                                                                Going in the loop following this website the trail until the brother's creek bridge at the top is an old logging road. Towards the top it has a bit more of a trail feel as the sides are a bit more overgrown. The other half once across the bridge is mostly trail until towards the end.

                                                                                                                                                As others recommend, it is definitely worth going to Blue Gentian lake which is clearly marked at the top before the bridge. That trail is also a loop back to the other side of the bridge. A bunch of water crossings along this loop are just boards without protection from slipping.

                                                                                                                                                For something so close to the city we found this a really nice little hike.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 10, 2014 01:58:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Holly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I really loved this hike. I did it on a warm Sunday afternoon and only met a few folks coming down the trail. I did get a little confused near the end of the trail as one of the sign posts had fallen down. Other than some bridges that could use a little love, this is a very nice hike.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 17, 2014 03:26:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    LOVED this trail - the first half was a gentle climb followed by a long rocky section (which we encountered after visiting the Candelabra Fir for lunch and pictures). Once you get to the Brothers Creek bridge, you have the option of going to Lost Lake (to the right of the bridge) or when you cross the bridge, you can continue to Blue Gentian Lake. We skipped the lakes and continued down the trail which had a lot of steps, rocks and roots.

                                                                                                                                                    Just a heads up, there were a couple of dicey spots due to holes in the terrain dug by animals which you could hurt yourself on if you aren't paying attention. A few of the bridges also definitely need work. The log bridge pictured on here isn't a bridge anymore - we had to navigate the rocks to get across but that wasn't difficult. The waterfalls were nice but there wasn't very much water running.

                                                                                                                                                    At one point, we reached a junction where we took a wrong turn at the sign where you could either go uphill to the right over logs or to the left which we did. We ended up going down through the meadow under the power lines where you really had to watch your footing. Once through, we somehow ended up on the Millstream Trail which spit us out on Millstream Road.

                                                                                                                                                    Most people we encountered (which weren't many for a sunny Saturday) did the trail in the opposite direction. It would make for a tougher ascent, but next time we go, we may just do it that way.

                                                                                                                                                    All in it took us 4.5 hours (including 1/2 hour for lunch at the Candelabra Fir - that particular trail isn't very well marked and you could lose your way for a moment)

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 11, 2014 11:36:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Jessica from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      I was wondering if there is a lake here and if so can you swim in it? Please let me know!

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 7, 2014 06:00:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Sandy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Very rocky and lots of cob webs

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 27, 2014 06:22:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                          SoberFun from West End Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                          I hiked this today. Next time I will do it the opposite direction as I would prefer to do a steep ascent (on the west side of the loop, on the left ) and a gradual descent (on the east side of the loop, on the right). The east side is a fireroad so it was not steep at all and would be better for descending from the top of the loop. The west side is a trail with lots of natural steps.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 26, 2014 05:06:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Megan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Can you swim in Lost Lake? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 10, 2014 09:45:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              David from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Just hiked this trail this evening, had some icy patches near Blue Gentian Lake, but the route described on the site was free of snow. Recommended to go up to Blue Gentian Lake though - still lots of ice on it, very beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                              The hike is beautiful near the top! Not many pristine first growth forests like this near Vancouver.

                                                                                                                                                              Maybe we'll be lucky and the higher regions will open up early this season as well!

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 5, 2014 09:43:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                ksclaros from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                I went there with my husband and 12-year-old son this last Sunday (April 6). it is a beautiful trail, however there is still losts of snow which makes it difficult and dangerous as the rocks were extermally slipery. I even felt once and hurt my arm on a rock. The "lost lake" is frozen, but still nice to see.
                                                                                                                                                                We will definately go back, but we will wait until the snow melts.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 7, 2014 08:53:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Aaron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Due to the low snowpack this trail is clear up to the bridge in Mid-Jan! A few ice patches descending just after the bridge then completely clear the rest of the way down.

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: January 26, 2014 08:21:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Ben from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    GREAT walk! The only thing I don't like about it is that it spits you out on Millstream about three blocks from the start of the trail, which means you have to walk about three blocks on the road back to where you parked.

                                                                                                                                                                    4 hours is certainly an exaggeration, more like two or two-and-a-half hours.

                                                                                                                                                                    Quite a few spots with flowing water for the dog to drink from or sit in to cool down.

                                                                                                                                                                    Very few people around, have gone twice and only run into one group each time.

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 28, 2013 09:27:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Chris from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Lost Lake access is open. Just hiked it an hour ago and windfall is all cleared.

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 27, 2013 04:24:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Jonny from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        The bc parks site says the trail and access to lost lake are closed because of significant windfall. Does anyone have more info?

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 26, 2013 06:10:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Anonymous from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Forgot to mention in my earlier comment, it only took us 2.5 hours as well at a decent pace.

                                                                                                                                                                          Also, we'll definitely be back as there seemed to be 2 lakes you could go check out just off the loop trail that didn't seem that far away. Signs very well marked at the creek/bridge showing you the lake names, distance, direction to go.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 1, 2013 11:09:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Anonymous from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Didn't get to check out the tree as we were a bit rushed to find a trail after giving up on the Lower Hollyburn trail at Cypress Mountain so we didn't have a chance to read up on all the directions. But that's what's so great about this trail. It's well marked and easy to figure out how to finish the loop even with the couple forks in the path.

                                                                                                                                                                            We went yesterday and it had a few muddy patches especially in the 2nd half. Maybe don't do this trail In June or earlier. But July and on go for it. Not too busy, great variety, first half is a lot different than the second half. Had a great break at the creek/bridge. So refreshing washing up and drinking from the creek. Like I mentioned before, we didn't follow the directions so for the second half we just tried to use our best judgement at the forks and ended up not at the same point where we started. We basically just kept going the way the trail naturally wanted to go avoiding all the forks with names we didn't recognize. Beware this will take you out of the forest onto a residential street you don't recognize. It's okay, just turn left and walk down the street for about 10 min. and you'll be at your car.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 1, 2013 11:03:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Sonja from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike (Brothers Creek Loop only) today. Lovely, easy walk; if you're wondering if you're in shape enough to do it, go for it: it's definitely novice-friendly.

                                                                                                                                                                              We took bus #246 (British Properties) from the SOUTH side of Marine Drive at Park Royal, as indicated in the directions for getting to the trail, and contrary to an earlier forum post. You can call West Vancouver transit (the number is posted on the Park Royal bus stop) if you'd like to confirm for yourself. This bus only runs once every 2h on Sundays; we arrived at 9:38am and left at 1:38pm. The bus does a loop so there is only one stop at the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                              Like most people who commented, we also thought the 4h was a very generous time allowance; our total walking time was something like 2.5h, at a leisurely pace, and on top of that we took many breaks.

                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely recommend checking out the Candelabra Fir.

                                                                                                                                                                              The hike is a decent workout but by no means excessively strenuous. There are no difficult technical bits except for one short bridge which is tilted to one side and very slippery with no railing - be careful here. There was no snow anywhere on the trail. There are lots of rocks and roots (it's a trail) but nothing too crazy. Some of the rocks were pretty slippery after a rainfall; use caution and you'll have a great, safe, easy hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 23, 2013 03:46:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Luke from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                hiked the loop yesterday - no issues on the trail. A bit muddy at times.

                                                                                                                                                                                If you want to get up from Brother's bridge for the additional loop to Blue Gentian / Lost Lake though - think twice. Getting to Lost Lake from the east side of the Brother's bridge was relatively easy (just a couple deadfalls) - but I had to turn back on the way to Blue Gentian from there - lots and lots of deadfall (sometimes in stacks of 5-10 trees). Snow is gone though.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 16, 2013 12:19:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Holly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone hiked brothers creek in thepast couple weeks - mud or tree report update??

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 16, 2013 07:41:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    June 2 - hiked it up today. Great hike - but like Ron said - still lots of trees/branches on the trail. Muddy in lots of areas on your way down. Finished the hike in about 3.5 hours. Not a very busy trail, my dog loved it - lots of little creeks they could jump into.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 2, 2013 06:29:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Anna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Just went to the hike today, June 2nd. It was great, I thoroughly enjoyed walking the complete loop. It is still quite muddy but good enough to hike, especially in hiking boots.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 2, 2013 06:15:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ron Caves from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        May 18, hiked the loop and further up to Lost and Blue Gentian lakes. First time I had been up there. Above Brothers Bridge there is still plenty of snow and lots of big dead fall from the past winter. A wind storm must have hit the area during the winter. Creek crossings between Lost and Blue Gentian lakes were challenging for this seasoned hiker (weak snow bridges, high stream flow and dead fall). An interesting area but under current conditions take care higher up.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 18, 2013 09:28:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          donnie from richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          hiked this trail 4 May 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                          On the way up there is not much snow although there are many trees and branches down across the path at points.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Closer to the top is where the snow starts. The west end of the brothers bridge is still buried up to the handrails- (hip height)

                                                                                                                                                                                          The trail is passable but be prepared. Gaitors are very nice to keep your feet dry. Also on the snow covered sections the trail markers aren't obvious. Occasionally you have to sleuth for footprints in the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Another hazard is moving water undercutting the snow at the bottom. Be very careful as the crust of the snow on top can be weak and you can drop quite a bit with a step- up to your hip as two ladies mentioned.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The top of brothers creek coming down seems to get less sunlight and will be under snow for a bit of time yet.


                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 6, 2013 10:22:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            J from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks 2 Ladies and their dog for the trail report!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 29, 2013 03:51:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Two Ladies and their dog from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              April 27, 2013-

                                                                                                                                                                                              Just came off the Brother's lake loop we were trying for the larger upper levels loop but turned back there is a a lot of snow at the top of the trail the entire length of the upper level. Snow is melting making the trudge through cold and wet and quite often you are breaking through the snow up to hips... The trail has no upper markers right now, fog was setting in so we decided to turn back

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: April 27, 2013 04:11:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi there, can anyone confirm the amount of snow still on this trail and what part of the trail that is located. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 24, 2013 12:03:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  LH from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hiked it today (April 1st) and there is still snow but it is possible to do the entire trail. I suspect in the next few weeks as the snow melts, it will become too soft to walk on top of. Currently, it is still frozen enough to walk across without snowshoes and the snow is only on the top half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 1, 2013 10:18:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    JM from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone take this hike recently? What's the snow like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 1, 2013 10:04:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      L&L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beautiful day for hike on Brothers Creek. After driving thru the cloud and fog, it was clear and sunny at the trailhead. Love this trail as it is never busy; if you enjoy solitude as I do, this is the place to head early on a weekend morning. Yes, a few downed trees but none a problem to go around at all. I did not have snowshoes and actually thought as I hiked along that they would be more of a bother than a help. Snow was medium to hard packed along trail and only a few times did I plow down to my knee. Didn't cross the bridge; turned around once there so perhaps Kieran did encounter larger obstacles...but totally doable up to that point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 20, 2013 05:38:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kieran Magee from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hiked the fire-road to the upper Brothers Creek bidge on Christmas Eve and was quite shocked by the number of tree's down. The snow was quite deep and I was glad that I had my snowshoes. The upper portion of the trail was difficult to pass but it was nothing compared to the trail on the west side of the bridge. Between the upper bridge and the cross-over bridge the trail was mostly impassable due to the number of tree's down. I would not recommend this hike until the spring thaw and tree's are removed or the trail is re-routed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: December 26, 2012 05:34:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          L&L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beautiful day for a hike. Have done bits of this trail in a different direction but decided to try it based on the directions given here. I have to agree with others; this is not a strenuous hike. Very scenic though. However, also agree that the time required seems very generous. Of course everyone has their own pace; but I did the longer hike in 2.5 hours which included a side trip to (unsuccessfully) view the Candleabra Tree; take photos for two different groups of people; check out Lost Lake; and get quite lost on the way back (came out about .5 k down the road from where I started on Millstream).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would do this again, but it is not an intermediate trail - maybe closer to something between Beginner and Intermediate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 10, 2012 06:22:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It rained like crazy, Brother's "Creek" was like a raging torrent, and my clothes (all 4 layers of them) were soaked in 15 minutes. 10 minutes after that, my "waterproof boots" were soaked and full of water (since they were waterproof, the water wouldnt drain out), and I didnt bother avoiding the puddles anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am pretty sure I saw some dude building an ark with two of each animal, and a bear with scuba gear, but it could be my imagination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            All in all though, a fantastic hike, next time, less layers and a lighter backpack (I can't believe I had two bottles of water in them - just in case we didnt have enough water out - but it was too wet to stop and empty them out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry no photos, my phone screen got all wet and I couldnt turn on the camera and I put it back in just in case the phone itself got wet and unusable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finished the hike in 2hours 30minutes. Next will probably be Brohm. Lets see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was amazing to see how different Brothers Creek was compared to the photo on the page. I literally was scared that my dogs would walk off the bridge and be washed off forever. But a fantastic hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 14, 2012 08:46:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              alexandria from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The actual bus stop is by the intersection of Crestwell Rd and Eyremount, Not Chartwell. Although Charwell does eventually turn into Crestwell, if you input Chartwell @ Eyremount online, it will drop you elsewhere...no where near the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just spoke to transit, and it is in fact the North side of Marine Drive where you catch the #254, and definitely Not the South side per the map's instructions. Wish me luck tomorrow. Be mindful that in the morning the #254 only runs hourly...Vancouver transit to get to Park Royal is 604-953-3333, and West Van #254 bus transit 604 985-7777. The two companies don't play well in the sandbox together, so get your routing down packed in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 25, 2012 08:39:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                alexandria from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can anyone confirm the transit directions? I believe they are inaccurate. The details are to go to Park Royal Mall and then take the #254 from the 'south' side of Marine to the top of the British Properties. Per the transit website, the actual direction is to stay on the 'north' side of the street for that specific bus. Since there is only a 5 min layover of buses from downtown Vancouver to PR Mall....I thought to double-check. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 25, 2012 08:03:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great hike for Moms and Babies! It took us just under 3 hours to complete the entire loop. Trail was well marked and maintained. A couple of the bridges are a bit unstable, but for the most part the trail was in good condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 12, 2012 03:02:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Judy from Van from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a great hike to fit into a misty late summer afternoon. Took us about 2 hours to hike the Loop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Note that some are puzzled over 4 hour hike mentions. There are easily another half dozen hikes converging onto this trail, so perhaps if you headed off to one or the other of the lakes or did part of the baden Powell, that would add to your time out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A nice bit of a puff up the first third, not strenuous though. Frankly, if you are going for a teeth gritting, grim climb, Grouse or BCMC is probably better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But if you want to be within a more majestic setting and still have a good jaunt, it's a good place to be. Very few people on it, wider pathways for the most part and a fun descent (might be a bit problematic for those with knee issues).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 9, 2012 05:09:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shaz from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did this the last week of August and absolutely LOVED LOVED it!! On a busy Labour Day weekend, where I am sure there are crowds of people everywhere, we found ourselves the only ones there which was a bit unnerving at first until we finally saw someone after half an hour or so. We didn't see anyone else until at least another half another later. It felt really remote, like we were in "the wilderness". We have done numerous hikes around the North Shore and Whistler, and have to say this is our favorite, and a hidden GEM!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is a constant uphill on uneven rocks so you have to watch your footing but the terrain is so interesting, time passes quickly. We went to see the Candelera and Douglas fir trees, and they were beautiful, but the area had a bit of a eerie feel to it, we quickly backtracked to the main trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      once you hit the Brother's Creek bridge, the terrain quickly changes to more of a dirt trail, that starts descending. This second half of the hike was our favorite, as it is very scenic and beautiful!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 8, 2012 09:20:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mike from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 hrs?!? More like 2.. Have done many trails from this website--the time estimates are usually a bit liberal (within an hour). But this trail definately does not take 4 hours. We set a very casual pace anticipating a long hike and still finished in less than 2. If you had a two legged dog and some infant children, then maybe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But no seriously, nice trail, easy easy intermediate, some rocky sections (beware if you have weak ankles), some wildlife tracks (should always carry spray or bangers anyways). All in all great new 2 hour loop!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ps- yes we did the full loop, not the short version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 3, 2012 02:53:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hikeabit from YVR writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this trail today, must say it really wasn't the intermediate level I'd hoped it to be, perhaps an easy intermediate. Doing the Lynn loop was more challenging maybe due to it being a bit more muddy at the time in addition to erosion- uncovering roots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyhow nice relaxing stroll, found some (small) bear tracks and another med sized animal's (not dog) but didn't actually see any on our route.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's pretty much no view after 10mins into the hike but the trees are interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 10, 2012 07:18:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JandJM from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We (2 people) hiked this trail on June 24, 2012. We are fairly new hikers and thought we'd take the next step from an "easy trail" this site defines to an "intermediate" trail like this one. We both found it a bit more difficult. The incline at the beginning is fairly steep and the trail is very rocky like you are going up a river bed. There are a few flat bits and we were most grateful to come across them. The bridge is a very pretty spot and the waterfall is lovely to look at. Coming down felt a bit scary over the roots and the trail is fairly narrow. It's very wet and muddy muddy muddy. It took us 3.5 hours as we took it at a slow pace and my pedometer said we did 9.5 kms. I thought it was a bit too hard, not well "blazed" lots of broken bridges and the path is difficult underfoot unless you are more experienced or part mountain goat. The view point at the very beginning of the trail looking over the city is amazing. Overall a bit too hard for me and I won't go back until I have more experience and stamina.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 25, 2012 10:51:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dear Shelley from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shelley from Coquitlam ....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This trail is nowhere near as difficult as the Grouse Grind or Chief. Not even close. Those two would be closer to difficult and Brother's Creek would be closer to easy. If you have done the Chief you will have no problem with this hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 29, 2012 02:30:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shelley from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can someone tell me how difficult this trail is in comparison to Grouse Grind or the Stawamus Chief? I have dont both Grind & Chief, but not any other trails in Vancouver. This site rates Chief & Brother's Creek as 'intermediate', but I found the Chief to be quite difficult. Thanks in advance :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 28, 2012 04:37:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mom from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did this hike last weekend with my teenager and two dogs. The first part of the hike up the Fire Access Road (east side of creek) is rather boring. However, we did not explore the Candelabra, so perhaps that would have added some variety.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once we reached the bridge across Brother's Creek things changed considerably and we really enjoyed the west side of this trail. Much more interesting terrain and views. I would almost consider going up the west side of the trail then turning around and coming back the same way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent trail to take the dogs on. LOTS of access to water along the way for them to drink and walk in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Only a very teensy amount of snow near the bridge crossing, but not a factor at all. Enjoyable hike, will do again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 28, 2012 11:52:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ers from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked there last Sunday (may 20)and it was great even though there was a bit of rain :o)There was a bit snow near the bridge that crosses Brother's Creek and muddy after that but it was still a great hike. Finished the hike in 2.5 hrs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 24, 2012 09:19:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lk from delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gorgeous hike on a rainy day. It took us 2 hours to complete the loop with lots of photo breaks. Some muddy spots and a bit of snow still. The first half of the trail is steady uphill, but quickly turns flat and then downhill for a pretty easy hike. I would say this hike is way easier than Elk mountain even though they are both suggested to be intermediate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 20, 2012 06:34:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        outdoorlover from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike last weekend, and took about 1.5 hrs. It was packed with snow about half way up (but still do-able) and our husky loved it. It did however, get really muddy so make sure you have some goretex or waterproof shoes. Coming down does prove to be a bit tricky, so poles would definetly come in handy. We didn't have any, and still did okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 27, 2012 09:42:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Payam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this today with a friend and the full route took us about 2hrs. There is hard packed snow about halfway up on the ascent which isn't much of problem but becomes a bit trickier when coming down. We did our fair share of sliding so be careful if you do decide to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 7, 2012 11:27:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup its me from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did this hike again on February 25th and blazed a trail to the bridge, snow was there, lots of it, waist high in some places, but plowed on and made it. Still great.... Lower part of the trail is wet wet wet..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 25, 2012 06:03:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup its me from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did the hike February 19th with the dog, and made it all the way to the bridge at "brothers creek" the snow was manageable as there was a trail that was compacted down. Saw a sign that said 450m to Lost Lake, and tried it.... yea not so much, got to a part where the snow was waist high, and the dog was struggling so turned around. Didn't do the loop, but walked back down the same way I came (it was still nice)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 21, 2012 05:16:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cat hopkins from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi all, planning on doing this loop on the 1st or 2nd of december. Anyone fancy joining? Brisk pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 30, 2011 12:27:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Andrew from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this on Saturday. I think it is my new favourite hike on the shore. Right at the beginning there is a beautiful view of downtown. I recommend the numbered points of interest. The one we decided to check out took us about 5 mins from the trail and offered a giant fir tree to marvel at. I won't tell you which number because the mystery of them really adds to it, there is no description of what you are leaving the trail to check out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The first 40 mins you get a pretty good elevation gain, after this the decent has a few muddy spots this time of year. This trail offers a great deal of variety, including bridges, waterfalls, views etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 1, 2011 11:00:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Geoff from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No worries! Roxy was found safe and sound!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 14, 2011 11:48:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Geoff from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A dog went missing on the Brothers Creek trail on Thursday Oct 13 around 10:00 am. It was a golden lab and its name is Roxy. If you find her please call Martina at 604-836-2795.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 13, 2011 10:06:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeff from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just hiked the trail today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is muddy in spots but a nice hike.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It took 3 hours to go around the loop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No bugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quiet trail only a few other hikers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 2, 2011 03:39:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heather from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just did it today. No snow. Some muddy areas, but it was relatively clean otherwise. First 30 min was tougher than the rest of it. I went with 2 other groups and they both got lost. The trail markers are a little confusing. It took 2 hours with a large group; would be less with less people. It was a fun trail as the terrain was always interesting. Wish there was a clear view from top though. The falls are really pretty though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 10, 2011 09:48:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone strolled through this trail as of late? I'm curious to know about the remaining snow pack and if it's managable without snow shoes yet?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 9, 2011 06:21:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Karen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We did a hike off this route, similar to Brother's creek but closer to MillStream- beautiful and majestic, Intermediate level to beginner, great forest views and beautiful creeks, amazing for the dogs- but must mention the 2 German Shepards that were on leash, not friendly and managed to grab at one of our dogs, who in turn needs stitches on his side- so I would just like to say if you have dogs that aren't friendly hiking in these woods, be sure to tell other dog owners in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 24, 2011 09:17:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just did the Brothers Creek Loop the May long weekend (May 23). It was a great forest hike, not any real view points but a beautiful hike none-the-less. Still lots of snow for the upper 1/3 of the hike, passable but a bit more treacherous than normal. 3 hours with breaks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 23, 2011 07:48:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Manny from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  May 12, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did this hike last week and it was in great condition. Still has snow once you cross the small Brother's Creek bridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 19, 2011 09:30:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roger from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A fun afternoon. Comments below on snow in top section still applied today (Sun May 8). Do need good footwear and care after trail crosses creek at top and you start to return, and some semi-derelict bridges covered in packed snow. Two highlights are the very impressive large cedars in the upper section and the bridge back across the Creek - at the base of a pretty waterfall. Other than near the start/end, only saw one other person. Agree on time, took 2.5 hours. Well-marked, plenty of orange markers on trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 8, 2011 11:13:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bitsy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We walked this hike yesterday (May 3rd), and it was not 4 hours. It took us 2 and a half with breaks. It's definitely a more difficult climb near the top as it's still quite snowy, which we were kind of unprepared for. A beautiful hike nonetheless, make sure you wear proper shoes, and bring proper gear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 4, 2011 11:08:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hiked this trail this morning and it definietly did not take 4 hours. It was just over 2 hours round trip including the walk back to our car. There is still a fair amount of snow towards the top, for about half of the hike. These areas make it a little more difficult coming down in the steep areas as it can be quite slippery. I wouldn\'t suggest bringing any little dogs until all the snow melts. Other than that it was a very peaceful hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 22, 2011 02:05:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          corey from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looking for Hayley missing 12yr old Keeshond. Medium size, cream with black and grey markings. slightly deaf, on medication. Hayley was lost on march 10th at around three p.m. at Brothers creek trail,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 7, 2011 11:57:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Walley from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hiked this today (March 23), there was still a TON of snow on the top part of the trail, I would recommend taking the cross trail path half way up if you aren't in great shape and didn't come prepared for about 4ft of snow on average. The bridge near the top (at the junction heading to the lake) has about 5 feet of snow on it. The snow is higher than the guard rails so be very, very careful. The smaller bridges all have around 2 feet of snow/ice and are pretty slippy although the falls are less dramatic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pay attention and make sure you are staying on the trail. There was no tracks in the snow but you should be able to see mine now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For people who take their dogs - absolutely do not take yours here if you plan to do the loop before most of the snow clears. I didn't realize there would be this much snow when I went today or I would not have brought mine. (120lb german shepherd) He was excited and enjoyed the hike but I was uncomfortable with him crossing some of the bridges and climbing some of the snow piles on the trail to lake (which engulfed him)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope this has been helpful. Don't read these comments and expect a novice trail this time of year. Come prepared for a lot of snow and ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 23, 2011 08:47:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sonja from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked the trail today with friends after recovering from a knee injury. The first section was steep, slippery and muddy from the previous rainfalls, and looked more like a creek bed, than a hiking trail with all the water and puddles. The second section although muddy, was easy to cope with. The worst part today was the next section going downhill over slippery roots and broken boardwalks. Needless to say that we also made the same mistake as others, took the wrong way, and had walk back along the paved road to our car. Four hours are generously calculated, we did it in under two and a half hours without having raced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All in all it was good training, and we enjoyed the forest, the creek with its waterfall, and enjoyed determining the mushrooms we found on our way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 30, 2010 08:49:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mel B from BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked trail on a lovely September day. Took 2.5 hours for the round trip and we even went to checkout the BIG FIR and walked at a leisurely pace. Beautiful area!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 28, 2010 09:33:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kyle from langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did this trail on sept 14 2010 good trail lots of different routes to take. Thanks to Paul we went to blue gentian lake and it was worth the detour all in all took us 3 hours to the loop and the detour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 14, 2010 07:42:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kenneymac from port alberni writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hiked this trail aug 27, 2010. I thought I was a novice but this trail which was listed as intermediate, could have been completed easily in far less time as what was listed. All in all a nice hike through some second growth forest. We made the same mistake as others and came out a little to far west and had to back track along the paved road to our car. only dissapointment was there is no veiw points on this trail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 29, 2010 01:14:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paul from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Walked this trail last Sunday with an extension to Blue Gentian Lake. When you get to the top of the loop shown on the map you are at Brothers Creek bridge. Instead of turning left after the bridge you can go right and it is less than half an hour to walk to Blue Gentian Lake (easy grade but crude trail) which is lovely at this time of year. In my opinion it is the prettiest lake on Hollyburn with lots of lily pads and flowers. You can continue on the trail around the lake until you reach the junction with the Baden Powell trail that takes you back down the mountain. This extension adds less than an hour to the hike but provides a much better destination point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 29, 2010 07:43:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sha from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked this trail on last Sunday with my family. My wife was happy with this easy trail, but my two kids were keeping complaining "This is too easy and boring, I rather go to Grouse Grind or Squamish Chief!'.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Personally I liked this trail as it's beautiful and well marked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The trailhead is located at 1120/1121 Millstream Road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 21, 2010 09:53:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MK from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked this on July 25, 2010. No snow. One or two brief muddy sections. I began at the white gates and ended at the yellow gates, having to walk on Millstream Rd back to my vehicle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm an active person, exercising 5x/week doing weights and running on an elliptical, but this was my first hike in a year and prior to that, hadn't hiked for 10 years. Generally, the hike was very easy without any difficulties on the legs or for cardio. The last half hour of the hike I found difficult as it was all downhill and my legs were tired from all the walking(since I exited through the yellow gates instead of entered through them). The hike took 4 hours and 45 minutes to complete, but this includes a 30 minute lunch break and a break to play in the waterfall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 10, 2010 09:15:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kim from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took a stroll up last weekend with the dig. Beautiful! Steep on the front end but nice wide trails. Backend was a bit more rugged, but we like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We must've missed the sign to loop back and we ended up on another trail. A bit of a diversion, but we came out onto Millstream Road, maybe 500m from where are car was parked... so we fared well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took about 3 hours all in.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 14, 2010 01:50:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jorge Tabares from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We did this hike last weekend and it was great, it is very simple to follow the trail and the day was just gorgeous. However it was very muddy all along the way and it is particularly dangerous going down south after the wooden bridge crossing Brothers Creek (if you are going counter-clockwise) it is very easy to wipe out in certain sections like the old wooden bridges halfway down, the last one was so slippery that I wiped out and fell off the bridge flat on my face on the side of the trail, fortunately it was not that high nor it was rocky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But definitely recommend it, just be careful and have fun out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 14, 2010 10:06:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Devin from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked up there today. There is still a bit of snow up at the very top section and some very muddy parts because of it. On the way down some of the trail is a little rough and there are lots of fallen logs in sections. But besides for that it was a great hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 28, 2010 04:43:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Morgan from west vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hiked this trail last week after the wind storm and there are some trees down right on the trail but nothing to serious. After Brother's creek second bridge heading east (the very top of the loop) beware of a large fallen tree that is hung up on a standing tree DIRECTLY above the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 19, 2010 09:08:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    R from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hiked this trail last week and there was allot of snow and run off water from the snow which developed into many little creeks you need to find your way around and at some points jump over 5-6 feet wide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 26, 2010 08:52:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      R from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hiked this last week and there was no snow anywhere to be found on the lower part of the hike. I took the crossover path to the left with no problems. I am not sure what the rest of the loop would have looked like. The paths are clear and in good condition. Be aware that all of the elevation change is on the first half of the hike and is quite steep an incline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 15, 2010 08:28:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeffrey Ai from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked this trail on Jun 14, 2009. The trail is in a good shape and trail marks are very easy to follow. As to viewpoints, there are 2 bridges, 2 falls and one corner to oversee downtown and Stanley park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At the top bridge, you could take a 1.6km uphill trail to see 2 lakes -- Lost Lake at Blue Gentian Lake. Then take another downhill back to the bridge. Although part of the trail is still covered with snow, it's not hard to follow and actually a lot of fun to walk. This will make your hiking a even larger 10km trail loop and probably 500 meter elevation gain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 14, 2009 10:19:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stevan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just hiked this last weekend. Trail is in great shape and only a tiny bit of snow at the top across the bridge. This trail is definitely open for the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 12, 2009 08:19:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Colene from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just hiked today. There is far less snow than what others have written about, so if you don't mind scampering around a few sections of hard packed snow I think it's fine. There are some trees that have come down on the trail which were a bit trickier to get around, but still okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 6, 2009 03:40:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael Virly from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked this trail with a friend on the 23rd. It was a beautiful day for hiking. Start of the trail was bare of snow but once we pass the sign post for the Candelabra Fir trail, the trail is still covered in snow up to the main bridge. The Brothers Creek bridge is clear but the trail down from here to Crossover trail is full of snow. My friend broke through the ice a few times. Once we pass this point, again the trail is free of snow and easy downhill to the gate. We did stop and had a break at the helicopter landing and took our wet shoes and dry our socks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is a nice trail with lots of history along the way, but now I know not to take this trail until mid July so to avoid the white stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 26, 2009 10:48:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tamie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this trail, May 17, 2009 and had the pretty much the same experience as Sean (see May 2008). Considerable snow, sinky spots around trees and water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Myself, and my two companions fell through the snow hip deep in a few areas. Entertaining, but could be dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We took a side trail up to Lost Lake, which was entirely covered in snow. Trail was completely covered and we had to keep an eye out for orange markers to find the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I enjoyed the varied terrain, a nice woodsy trail, and some interesting fungus growing from trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Although I appreciate the snow challenge, most will not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I consider this an easy hike and without the snow, 4 hours is a generous time allowance. An experienced hiker could likely complete this trail easily under 3 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This trail would best be hiked in Summer, not spring :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 25, 2009 09:19:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C & B from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this trail in mid April this year. As mentioned above, there is still a lot of snow on the trail, but most of it is hard packed (fell through a few times up to my hips). Very beautiful trail, with lots of side trails to explore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We ran into trouble at the midway point bridge, across the falls. The bridge is narrow and was packed 6 feet over the railing with snow. We had to crawl across the snow (about 6 inches wide and very slippery) and the drop down would not have been fun. But we made it across, but it was very dangerous !!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the bridge the trail was hard to keep on due to snow and high cliffs on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Overall a great trail to take, perhaps later in the season...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 26, 2009 09:13:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked the Brothers Creek Loop today and the trail is almost clear of snow. There's still a few patches near the upper bridge but they will be gone in a few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Candelabra is an amazing sight. It's hard to believe that trees were once that large all around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 15, 2008 04:46:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sean O'Grady from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beautiful trail that starts in an easy to access location. Hiked in third week of May, 2008 and there was a considerable amount of snow still on the trail. Being hard-packed and icy, it provided a relatively stable base to walk upon, but tree wells and water tunnels posed a few dangers (feet slipping through the ice, resulting in scratches and such).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are not many vista points, but the natural beauty and the high-flow creek offered good sights. Recommend hiking in Summer, not Spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 26, 2008 04:27:48 PM PST

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