4 - 5
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Brandywine Meadows is one of the most spectacular day hikes south of Whistler, offering a beautiful selection of open meadows, summer wildflowers, stunning views, massive glaciers, serene creeks and options to view wildlife along remote portions of the trail.
While the lower sections of trail tend to yield more traffic, the upper sections through the alpine terrain are sure to offer plenty of solitude. Most of the elevation gain occurs in the lower sections of the trail, and if you're up for a ~12-mile round-trip trek to the summit of Brandywine Mountain, you'll earn commanding views from from the mountain's alpine summit.
Be sure to check the weather and expect that their could be snow at the highest elevations even into the summer. Portions of the trail are often muddy, and it's overall length means it's not great for younger or inexperienced hikers.
That said, you can always hike out-and-back for a shorter adventure. Plan a minimum of six hours to reach the summit and return, but don't pass up this stunning trail even if reaching the summit isn't your goal.