Hiking the Brothers Creek Loop

Our hike along the Brother’s Creek Loop started like many others during our trip — with a bear warning. This one put us on edge a little more than the others because it wasn’t permanent. We double wrapped and sealed our lunch in a plastic bag (tip) and set off on our way through Douglas Fir and giant cedar trees.

Bear warning sign on cone

Trees on steep ground

Start of the trail

Trees shading rocks

I love the small patch of light shining down on the creek in the photo above.

Water in creek

Clearing in hiking trail

Brother’s Creek felt wild — most of the trails were a tangle of tree roots and rocks. We found it tricky to see exactly where the trail lead to begin with. Once the wayfinding part of our brains had woken up, we were well on our way.

Dense trees made the trail dark and mysterious at times. We kept our eyes peeled for bears and I think I finally realised how Mulder from the X-Files felt; knowing something was out there without being quite sure where 🙂

Path through trees

Wooden trail marker

Trail marker

Worried we might lose our way, Scott took a photos of trail markers (fairly sparse) and sent them to his brother. Perhaps a little over cautious being sensible never hurt anyone.

Dirt path leading to light

About half way through the trail, we emerged from forest cover into daylight. Neither of us realised how dark it was in there until we reached this clearing and felt a bit blinded.

Man climbing up dirt path

Wood lined forest trail

Orange trail marker on tree

Trail marker

Smiley face cut into tree stump

Felled tree

Yellow and black hairy caterpillar

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Man in forest

Photo time

Dirt trail leading into trees

On our way back we came across these remains of an old car or some sort of vehicle.

Pile of metal parts

Rusty metal can

Downhill trail

The downhill stretch

Standing amongst rocks

Wooden bridge

The Brothers Creek Loop was wild and peaceful. Definitely one to check out if your planning a hiking trip near the North Shore.

Travel notes — public transport to the Brothers Creek Loop

From central Vancouver:

  • Take the train to Waterfront.
  • Then board the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) — the entrance is in Waterfront station so it’s easy to find. The journey across the water takes around 12 mins and leaves every 15 mins.
  • Take the 239 bus from Lonsdale Quay to Capilano U and get off at Park Royal South.
  • Take the 254 bus to British Properties and get off a Millstream Road.

A single use Compass day pass ($10) will cover all of the travel above.

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