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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2015, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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We did the Brandywine Meadows hike, another one off the list of the 103 hikes book. From what we have read on line the awkward part of this hike seemed to us that the directions to get to the parking lot were somewhat confusing and also people seem to be having a bit of trouble with finding the trailhead. Here is the simple version.
On the Sea to Sky Highway heading to Whistler turn left on to the Callaghan Valley Rd.. There is a blue sign that includes information pointing towards Olympics areas and Brandywine just before the road.
Shortly, 800m, turn left again. This is the Brandywine FSR.
You will pass a waste transfer station on your right.
You will drive through a huge parking lot.
Stay to the right in the parking lot and proceed out the far end.
At the end of the parking lot are signs for snowmobile folk and shortly after the parking lot is a snowmobile club on your left.
Now just stay on that road.
There is a steep hill but after that hill the road isn't too bad.
You will pass a chain link fence on your left with a sign on it for 6.0km.
There is now a steeper rougher hill which may not be accesible by car.
Further along there is a posted sign at a junction indicating lower Brandywine parking lot to your left.
Shortly down the left hand route is where the parking is at the trailhead.
If you don't feel your car can make it up the hills there are numerous pull outs and parking areas along the way.
It is about 8km to the trailhead from the turnoff from the Sea to Sky.
At the parking area there is a forest services sign board indicating avalanche risks. Directly behind this where the B.C. forest service post is is the trailhead.
The trail is somewhat steep but not too far to the meadows. It took us just over an hour to get there. Nice scene at the meadows accompanied with quite a few of the standard huge size black flys buzzing around.
In the pictures the red truck is at the parking lot that is at the trailhead and the bulletin board is the trailhead.The trailhead picture is looking across the road and to the right from the back of the red truck in the parking lot.
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We did Brandywine Mt. on the 26th. Car didn't make it up that last hill to the trailhead you have pictured. If you plan on heading for the peak next time, it's only about an hour and a half from the end of the meadows and easygoing. It's in the Scrambles book, but there was no scrambling and Katie did it all on her own. All snow was avoidable.
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We thought about doing the summit. Would that be 1-1/2 hours return or one direction?
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how long of a walk is it from the last hill not suitable for cars to the parking lot would you guess? I would love to do this hike but I have a hatchback. Great for waterbars but still not a 4x4. Its just my trusty 2x4.
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We thought about doing the summit. Would that be 1-1/2 hours return or one direction?
That would be 1 1/2 hours one way.


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how long of a walk is it from the last hill not suitable for cars to the parking lot would you guess? I would love to do this hike but I have a hatchback. Great for waterbars but still not a 4x4. Its just my trusty 2x4.
I don't remember exactly how long it was, but it was just a short distance. To guess, I'd say it was about 10 minutes.
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Estimating that section would be 1km /1.5km
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That would be 1 1/2 hours one way.




I don't remember exactly how long it was, but it was just a short distance. To guess, I'd say it was about 10 minutes.

thanks!
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Can you camp on this hike?

Lets hit some trails.
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sure, anywhere you want really, being close to the water source helps camp duties, earlier in the year you can camp high on the ridge or summit and get melt water off the snow fields, but now is likely limited to the end of the meadow field, maybe slightly higher
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There were a couple of people camping in the meadows when we were there. No shortage of water at all.
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Can you camp on this hike?
There was still plenty of accessible snow on the ridge when we did it on the 22nd. If that's not the case now, one can always carry water up. Should be able to find a place to pitch a tent on the ridge too. Summit is rocks and boulders, however.
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