“A demanding climb crossing multiple creeks ending at an 1100-year-old fir tree.
— Paul Hiom
Normally open April to November.
Starting from the Brothers Creek Fire Road
the Crossover trail rises and falls as you cross multiple streams and creeks on the Eastern slopes of Hollyburn Mountain. The trail is hard to follow in places, it was once clear and distinct, but some neglect has seen nature reclaim the path in certain areas. Wherever the trail is indistinct or multiples exist, make sure to look for the orange diamonds about 10 feet up on the trees. After Brothers Creek Trail
, the going gets a bit easier, as the trail is now part of a nature walk. The terminus of the trail is the 1100-year-old Hollyburn Fir.
Flora & Fauna
A giant fir, standing three metres in diameter and 10 metres in circumference, it is one of the biggest and oldest Douglas fir trees in B.C. if not the world. It is estimated to be well over 1,100 years old and the surrounding 100 and 200-year-old "youngsters" look like twigs by comparison.
The Hollyburn Fir survived the axe and saw of the early 1900s because local loggers were mostly interested in cedar trees for shingles. It was re-discovered in the mid-1980s when the province was compiling a Big Tree Registry.