Vi and John on the logging road where we parked with Vi’s car in the foreground.

The Hike to Brandywine Meadows

Our friends Vi and John were planning a hike to Brandywine Meadows which was apparently a high mountain meadow North of Squamish, somewhere off the Sea to Sky Highway. John had a book that described this hike and rated it as moderately strenuous. That turned out to be an understatement!

They invited us to join them and so on the Monday of the Labour Day weekend, 3 September 2018, we set out. The drive was beautiful and the weather looked promising. We turned off the highway as the guide book instructed and found the logging road that was to take us to the foot of the trail. The road was terrible and it gave the car a real workout. John was driving and he handled it very well. We ended up in a roadside parking lot at the foot of the trail.

We started up the trail and it quickly became apparent that this going to be a challenge! Not many people use this route and it was not well cleaned out. Lots of trees down that we had to climb over or duck under as well as some sections that can only be described as near vertical.

Our hike became a three hour ordeal through beautiful forest past huge trees and fast running forest streams. It was really enchanting. It took us about three hours scrambling up. We met several people coming down all of whom praised the views at the top. This encouraged us but it was still a challenge. Eventually the trees began to thin out and it was obvious we were nearing the top of the ridge we had been climbing.

We pulled over to check our location along the
way. Here John, Vi and Susan stand by Vi’s car.

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The logging road on the way up was rough but it was really pretty as it passed through young forest.

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