Brandywine Meadows

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Brandywine Meadows is a 7.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McGuire, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
666 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

walking

river

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

hiking
17 days ago

Great views. No bugs today! No hordes of people.
Hiked from lower lot to summit. 7hrs roundtrip including breaks. In hindsight, I should have parked at upper...but I stuck with the familiar and needed the extra workout!
For those going to the meadows only. I recommend the trek to the top of the scree slope. Great views from there. The extra hour to the summit from there adds a few more views but the work/reward ratio isn't as substantial as that first slope from the meadows.

27 days ago

I did this hike on a sunny day in the snow it was so beyond beautiful !! no one but us a few snowmobiles. def need a good 4x4 to get to upper level parking. lower parking will add a few hours to trek through.

1 month ago

Beautiful. Bring water as it can get hot along the trail. Switch backs in some areas help with the slight incline.

hiking
1 month ago

We went up on August 6th. The snow was gone, the flowers were in bloom, and it was hot as heck. Bring extra water!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on August 2, 2018. Difficult drive to lower lot if not in a a four wheel drive vehicle. From the trailhead at the lower lot the first kilometer is tough (steep) but doable. The trail is marked with orange markers and fairly easy to follow. But some of the markers are on fallen trees. I would recommend looking at the description of this hike on Vancouver Trails for more details of the drive to the lot and the hike. Incredible views! Well worth it!
https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/brandywine-meadows/

hiking
2 months ago

Have done this hike half a dozen times, most recently on July 3, 2018. Meadows are still covered in snow. Found the trail not as muddy as in previous years. They’ve done a great job placing boardwalks through one particularly boggy section. Road is rough, with a couple of steep pitches, but not problematic for an SUV. Trail is steep, with wet roots everywhere. Found the deadfall particularly bad this year. A few times I had to work to locate the trail after being forced to skirt sections where large trees had come down.

11 months ago

Did this hike October 1st. The fall colours were spectacular. Even after reading reviews, there was a little confusion getting there. I drove up the road to the upper parking lot, and there were a bunch of people parked at a spot that separates into 2 atv roads. I assumed this was the upper parking lot. But actually the road goes left and continues for a while. It's fairly flat and not difficult to do on foot, like I did, but it is quicker if you keep going. There is a sign at the upper parking lot.

Friday, July 21, 2017

As the last review mentions, the old route to the meadows has not been maintained. If you continue driving to the upper parking lot, you will be able to traverse the new trail to the meadows. This is maintained nicely and a much shorter hike then the hour long old trail. Once in the meadows, it's a meandering stream and amazing views of Brandywine mountain. If you are feeling energetic, you can ascend to the top!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

This trail is definitely not moderate. The road up to the trail head is gravel with potholes and rock outcroppings for the last two kilometres. Although the trail head is well marked the trail itself does not exist. We followed orange and pink flags for the first 0.3 miles before they disappeared. The climb was navigated up moss, packed pine needles, over logs, branches and stumps without any specific direction. Eventually another flag was noted at 0.4 miles. At that point we decided to cut our losses and go elsewhere. The hike down the mountain was not any better, as it was difficult to navigate the moss-covered terrain. Hopefully it would be better for others, but it is a hard difficult trek up to the meadows which we never saw. I can imagine it being worst if there had been any recent precipitation.

19 days ago

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off road driving
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