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Brothers Creek Loop

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4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer loop
73% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,119' 341 m
Descent: -1,122' -342 m
High: 2,350' 716 m
Low: 1,288' 392 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Paul Hiom

A steep trail to the top of Brothers Creek with a technical descent.

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Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Normally clear of snow from April to November.

Overview

This route features a steep climb on the Brothers Creek Fire Road, a very rough gravel road slowly becoming overgrown in parts. There are a number of sites of historical significance along the route marked with short (2 ft high) posts with numbers and names on them. A guide is available from West Vancouver City.

The route follows the original logging cable railway bed (only small signs left) about halfway, then continues to climb until it reaches a bridge over Brothers Creek above the waterfalls. From there the descent is quite technical. The Brothers Creek Trail ends at the helipad, where a left turn puts you onto Skyline Trail, returning you to the Brothers Creek Fire Road.

Runner Notes

If the snowline is too low, you can exit on Crossover Trail for a shorter run.

Description

Park on Millstream Road where there is only room for 4 or 5 vehicles at the trailhead, but lots of street parking available nearby. Enter through the gate at the top of the hill.

The climb follows the Brothers Creek Fire Road climbing steadily for the first 2 miles (3 1/2 km) There are two quick side detours which are highlighted on this run. They take you to two old-growth Firs and to the end of the upper terminus of the cable railway used in the logging operations located in this area in the 1920s.

At the top of the Fire Road (it shrinks to singletrack in the last kilometre) there is an intersection with a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and proceed down a very technical descent following the line of Brothers Creek. Within a few hundred meters a great view of the waterfalls appears. Continue down Brothers Creek Trail, then take the left onto Skyline Trail left after the helipad. Skyline Trail will put you back onto the Brothers Creek Fire Road about 500m before the entrance at Millstream Avenue.

Flora & Fauna

A short detour during the climb takes you to two old Giant Firs.

History & Background

An old incline cable railway, abandoned in 1926, can be found after about a mile of climbing.
Many of the tree stumps remain with cuts in them for footholds for sawing. Debris remaining from the logging operation can be found if you wander slightly off the trail.

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Photos

Brothers Creek Bridge at the intersection of the Fire Road and the Brothers Creek Trail
May 16, 2015 near West Va…, BC
Brothers Creek Helipad
May 16, 2015 near West Va…, BC
Mount Baker (Washington State) from West Vancouver
May 19, 2015 near West Va…, BC
Lower waterfall on Brothers Creek
May 16, 2015 near West Va…, BC
Twin waterfalls on Brothers Creek
May 16, 2015 near West Va…, BC
A giant boulder on the Brothers Creek Fire Trail
May 16, 2015 near West Va…, BC

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