Brandywine Meadows

October 13, 2003

If coming from Vancouver, to reach this place you need to turn left on Highway 99 towards Brandywine Forest Service Road.

The logging road is in good shape, but the last kilometre before the trailhead requires a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The brown forest service sign on the right side of the road shows the beginning of the hike.

From the start there is a 500 metres elevation gain and 3 kilometres of hiking before you can reach the meadows. The trail follows Brandywine Creek for the first few hundred meters. 

We were welcomed by an early snowfall after reaching the lower edge of the meadow. The cross-hatched logs are supposed to help you to stay away the mud but for an unfortunate hiker coming behind us this wasn't enough to taste the damp humus of the ground.

After 30 minutes, the trail rejoins Brandywine Creek and continues into a glacier-scoured hanging valley. We missed the gold and ochre fall colors of Brandywine Meadow but instead we got a glimpse of the first snowfall on the valley.

Early fall is one of the best times to visit Brandywine Meadows. The mud of spring and the bugs of summer are gone.

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Driving distance from Vancouver: 112.5 km (70 mi)

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