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Brew Lake is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 3,454 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife
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Drive past Brandywine Falls (if driving north) and take the next left on to Brew Main where the Whistler RV Campground sign is. Follow this paved road. On the third big corner, when the RV Campground just comes in to sight, turn left on to the dirt road (Branch 50). At the first junction turn right on to Brew Main. The road will eventually change to Branch 100. Continue. Keep right, working your way North West. There is a pull-out here. Use it if this short stretch is too bumpy. If not, continue on. The road steepens but is in very good shape. Park just before the bridge. Walk just over 1km where the road ends. Trailhead is very clearly marked with many ribbons. Trail is well-marked for the rest of the route. Mildly overgrown at parts but route is clear. Route is steep following the boulder field but levels out around the meadow at 1300m. Not the friendliest of terrain for dogs. Trail may be difficult to pick up here depending on time of year and snow cover. Short ascent leads you out of the trees to a basin of remarkable views. Amazing backcountry views await those who make their way up to the ridge near to the hut.

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L C
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Hiking

Approx 2hrs to lake, 3hrs to hut

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dickson User
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Bloody awesome highly recommend it, specially if you make it to the hut, the lake is amazing beautiful views, will never do it again, I literally died not for the faint hearted

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Adam Flanders
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HikingBugs

The good: Pretty good views and varied terrain. The lake at the top is nice. The bad: Pretty tough hike, with a lot of sun exposure on the 2nd half. The ugly: The bugs. Haven't ever seen as many flies on any other hike in BC. The only thing that has come close is Northern Manitoba. Bad enough to ruin an otherwise alright hike.

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Cameron Morgan
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Kristian Prieto
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HikingOff trail

Didn't find the trail head so I ended up hiking up another trail . While exiting our vehicle we saw one black bear , started hiking up a bit and saw bear crap ever 20 meters. Kept going heard russling in the trees , made noise , kept going , another bear started following us so I ended up going back and I got a flat tire and managed to escape the mountain to the RV park quick enough before it was deflated , 5/5 . Would do again . I like yelling at bears

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Patrick Stewart
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HikingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Hiked up on the the 29th and stayed the night at Brew Hut. Pretty easy drive to the condemned bridge with decent 4wd cuts some forestry road walking off the trip. Great views from the lake but worth the extra effort to continue on to the hut. Steep sections were a little sketchy on the way down with all the loose dirt and gravel, just have to take your time. Fantastic hike, definitely worth the effort.

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Kai Smart
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Great trail and views, but definitely bring bug spray lol

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Willemijn Hermans
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Hiking

One of my favourite hikes in the Whistler area. Beautiful views, gorgeous meadows and varied terrain. More roads lead to Rome ;-)

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Cameron Morgan
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown
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Giorgio De Silvo
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Forestry trail to start. Climbing up rocks for about 1.5 hours. Brew Lake was beautiful - great views of Black Tusk & down to Squamish. Snowy up to Brew Hut, which was just over an hour from the lake. Great, challenging hike!

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Kaelie Forzani
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Mila Hennings
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

I did that trail today with my dog and boyfriend! We had to park our car at 4.1km into the FSR because the wooden bridge is falling apart. The first bit of the hike is quite easy but you definitely need mosquito spray! The second hard it very challenging. We had to pull ourselves up rocks and trees for 1.5 hours. Once you get on top of the mountain there is a beautiful view all the way to whistler and to black tusk. Further to the lake is still a lot of snow that is melting. A lot of thin snow that covers creeks is quite dangerous. Markers are hardly visible after the view point and you will need a GPS to find your way! Our dog loved it but he is also a trail/hiking dog. I can see this hike being difficult for a fair few dogs. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail or FSR and no shoe prints ect. But we have seen bear and cougar droppings, bear spray would be a must bring!

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Alina Alina Siegrist
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HikingIcyOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

I just did the hike today (Nov 26), I use maps.me for offline maps and there is a section that is incorrect just about 800m before the lake. In the clearing keep straight. The trail is very well marked; however, due to the snow, nearly all flagging tape was hidden along the path. I consider myself an advanced hiker and it took me a good amount of time to find the intended route. I brushed snow and ice from all the markers (and rock cairns) I found- making them visible from both directions, hoping to make it easier for anyone in the next couple of days, until snow dumps again. Sometimes the path has you force your way through overgrowth, which might seem like you are off trail, but just keep your eyes out for flagging tape, because you are probably going the correct way. Gorgeous hike in the snow to a snow covered lake. The rock wall is a bit icy, but not too bad. I was the only one on the trail today and for some time- no tracks in sight.

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