The Brother’s Creek Loop trail in West Vancouver is a perfect hike for in-between seasons. One of the popular fall hikes near Vancouver, I completed this last spring and though it was a bit snowy towards the top, I thought it was great for when you just need to enjoy some forest hiking. There’s no amazing viewpoint but the old-growth trees, waterfalls and lakes within Cypress Provincial Park.
Brother’s Creek Loop hike
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a loop hike! It’s just so much more appealing to walk new terrain the whole way than retrace your steps! Below you’ll find the trail stats, packing lists and how to get to the Brother’s Creek Loop trail head if you’re looking to do this awesome hike near Vancouver.
How to get to the Brother’s Creek Loop trailhead
There is no designated parking for Brother’s Creek, instead you work your way through the British Properties in West Vancouver that sit at the foot of Cypress Mountain. If you’re coming from downtown Vancouver take the West Vancouver Exit and loop around towards the bridge across the Capilano River. Take Taylor Way and head up the steep hill, underneath the highway, going straight at the roundabouts.
Turn left onto Southborough Drive and left again onto Highland Drive. Turn left again at Eyremount Drive then right onto Crestline Road.
Make another left onto Henlow Road, then right on Millstream Road. You should see a short paved road leaving Millstream Road to the left. That’s where the trail begins.
Parking here is free but be mindful of the fact that it’s a residential area and don’t block driveways.
What to know before you go
- Best time to hike the Brother’s Creek Loop Trail: You can hike this trail year round though please pack microspikes when hiking in winter as there may be snow/ice on the trail. In the fall and spring this hike can get very muddy – be prepared!
- Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors
- Pack your 10 essentials
- Remember to leave no trace
- This trail is dog friendly
Brother’s Creek loop trail hiking guide
Since the removal of the bridge crossing Brother’s Creek, the top of the loop is in accessible. You can still complete a loop by hiking further uphill into the Cypress Provincial Park boundaries and walking around Lost Lake and Blue Gentian Lake before joining back up with the Brother’s Creek Trail.
Using a navigation app like AllTrails (my map linked below) will help keep you on track.
Once you’ve parked up, follow the small paved road towards a yellow gate. Walk past the gate and begin walking on the forest trail. There’s some beautiful houses to your right hand side!
After a short hike, you’ll see a Baden Powell Trail on your right – save this hike for another time! – and continue past the sign to walk up a rough road. When you reach another junction, take the right path and follow the Brother’s Creek Fire Access Road uphill.
Continue hiking along this path until you reach a sign for the Crossover Trail. You can take this route if you’re looking for a shorter hike, but this guide follows a different route, so carry on the way you were going. When you reach a picnic bench go straight to join the Crossover trail.
Take the Crossover trail for a 200m or so uphill and then make a right hand turn onto the Brother’s Creek trail. At this point you’ll be walking along side the river on your right. Keep your eyes open for the waterfalls!
When you reach the next intersection, take the left turn and head uphill until you come out at a lake. This is Blue Gentian Lake and is part of Cypress Provincial Park.
Walk around the lake to the right, sticking to the trail, until you come to a junction for the Baden Powell. Take the trail to your left which heads downhill crossing over Lawson Creek. This trail is the Baden Powell trail and is well signposted as you head downhill.
Take the Baden Powell all the way downhill until you can see a gravel/access road. Then make a left to stay on the Baden Powell and walk parallel to the access road which will be on your right.
You’ll soon come to the Brother Creek Fire Access Road that you passed early. Carry on downhill until you reach the gate and the trailhead.
Brother’s Creek Loop trail stats
What to pack for hiking near Vancouver
Make sure you look at these packing lists for the Brothers Creek hike.