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Brandywine Mountain is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 4,803 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest Views Rocky Scramble Off trail No shade
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Getting There

NOTE: When selecting 'Directions', Google Maps and Apple Map are not able to correctly map to this trailhead. Please refer to 'Getting there' for directional information. A 4x4 high-clearance vehicle is needed to access the trailhead.

From Callaghan Valley Road, after about 1km, take a left to Brandywine FSR. Once on Brandywine FSR, drive another few kilometers until you get a fork in the road. At the fork, a sign directs- 2km to the lower parking lot and 5km to the upper parking lot. This map starts from the lower parking lot.

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Maddison Paetz
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyScramble

Beautiful trail. Did lower parking lot up through forest to get up. Hard, but beautiful forest. Up the entire way, lots of logs and trees to step over. Camping is beautiful in the meadow, a number of spots over 1.5km to camp upon entering the meadows. Did not attempt summit due to smoke. Took FSR down, very nice too. Both ways did not disappoint. Both ways are UP the entire way until meadows, FSR more gradual.

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Alex Meerstra
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Alexey Skiba
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Grace Chun
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Nelson H
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Hiked this trail during the Labor Day weekend. We parked our 2WD about 800 meters before the lower parking lot, and walked the rest to the trailhead. The beginning of the trail is in the woods, and has a couple of muddy sections. Once arriving the meadows, the trail becomes flat for a while. It's a good spot to resupply water, and re-energize. Then it's all uphill from the meadows. We turned right immediately after going through a field of heathers. I did a little bit of scramble through this rocky section. Then we saw the Brandywine Glacier afterwards. The trail becomes a little flat before ascending to the peak. The view from the top is fantastic on a cloudless day. We saw the glacier from a different angle, and mountain ranges in the surrounding area. It took us 8 hours and 45 mins car to car.

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Steffen Schmitz
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Jennifer Mclean
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Made it ~700 meters away from the lower parking lot in a 2WD (Kia Soul). Lots of big rocks and the road gets narrow at some points, with bushes scraping the car a little. Didn't follow the AllTrails route exactly. Once you hike up the hill away from the meadows, there seems to be two different routes (there were cairns for both ways) - The AllTrails route which looks like it goes straight up the boulder field or up a path to the right. We went up to the right which was a combination of grass, boulders, etc. Also included a boulder field after this with a lot of loose rocks and a small scramble that goes and meets the other route. There was a lot less scrambling than I thought there would be on this route though - mostly just used my poles. It's kind of a "choose your own adventure" type of hike in my opinion. I'd recommend a GPS/map so you have some idea of where you're going. Note that once you get up the hill away from the meadows, you still won't be able to see the summit of Brandywine Mountain. Overall, an amazing hike! Some bugs, lots of water sources near the meadows. Did 17.33 km and 1,471 m of elevation gain. Moving time was ~7 hours and 20 minutes at an average pace. Also saw another person get stung by a wasp in the forested section.

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Jenny Liang
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Very heavily trafficked trail. My group arrived at 8AM and saw at least 8 groups. Some groups had up to 12 people! Also, the markings were a bit sparse imho. They should really put up more tapes/reflective squares, especially since there is so much vegetation and fallen trees, hikers might be too preoccupied with bushwhacking and miss the signage. Also, not sure if anything can be done about the bees but please be careful because I saw a few folks, including my friend who got stung. I too was stung (twice! unlucky). Also majority of the hike is #steepAF and #rootyAF. We didn’t summit the true peak, we ended up going up another summit for a view of the whole valley. See recording. I would recommend going to at least the ridge for a nice view of Callaghan if you’re not planning on a summit. Also, bring enough water because it’s a LONG hike.

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Grace Chun
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Masood Rad
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We started from upper parking Meadows was amazing Trail wasn’t that hard but rocky and scramble A bit chilly at summit

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Kevin Ip
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Brian Fong
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Did this trail 29-Aug-2020. Parked car about 1km from the Upper Parking Lot. The FSR conditions are kinda sketch and it was foggy, but was doable with our SUV. There were some bugs near the parking lot, but once you start hiking there are none. From the Upper Parking lot, it takes around 30min to get to the meadows. The views are spectacular. The fog started to clear around lunch time and you can see clear views of the ascent and black tusk behind you as you head toward the goal. We did not follow the AllTrails map route to get to the top of Brandywine Mountain, but it's pretty easy to blaze your own trail up and down it (check my recording). There's a couple of small river crossings and there's no cover from the sun. It's also a bit windy at the top so pack a windbreaker. Brought the dog along (mid sized, lab/rottie mix) and she was able to get close to the top but not all the way because the rocks get really jagged. Highly recommend this hike and parking at the upper lot if possible. You don't have to go all the way to the top to get spectacular views, but we wanted to go just to get "verified completed" :) edit 30-aug-2020: Didn't get the verified completed because we took the non-Alltrails route to the top..

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Alexandra Macdonald
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailScramble

A beautiful hike. The trail isn't well marked - but you can look out for stone stacks to see the way hikers have gone before. We started early and were above the clouds for much of the hike, making for some fantastic scenery. The clouds lifted and the valley was clear in the early afternoon. Stunning views in all directions. Chilly at the summit and no real way to escape the wind. It's worth packing a warm layer. Some great scrambling to be had too, and much of the hike is exposed. When we returned to the meadow in the early afternoon it was VERY BUSY and there were several cars parked along the road (some leaving little room to pass). We saw 2 hikers up top in the late morning. 6 campers arrived from the valley as we were leaving, and we passed a few large groups on the way down. There were several others in the valley as well. This is definitely a popular area. The road to the upper lot is tricky and narrow. 4x4 with high clearance is definitely recommended as there are some deep wash-outs and sharp exposed rocks. Overall - awesome hike and it's obvious why it's so popular. Absolutely beautiful. If you would like to experience it on a quieter day, try going early in the morning or mid-week.

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