“A steep trail to the top of Brothers Creek with a technical descent.”
— Paul Hiom
River/Creek · Waterfall
Normally clear of snow from April to November.
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
If the snowline is too low, you can exit on Crossover Trail
for a shorter run.
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.