The most common view of Brandywine Falls is from the top lookout platform, a quick ten-minute walk from the parking lot just off the side of the Sea to Sky Highway. While the view from above the falls as the water gushes down into the river leading to Daisy Lake is breathtaking, there is something about perching precariously on the misty rocks below while you are deafened by the sound of booming water as it crashes down a few feet away.
There is a not-so-secret trail to the base of the falls that is fairly straightforward to follow. At the end of the marked viewing platform where you look out towards Daisy Lake, go beyond the fence on the far left side. Walk straight through the forest following the edge of the cliff until you reach a rocky area. Make your way down what looks very much like a set of steps in the boulder field.
Continue to follow the trail until you come to a white rope that hangs over a pile of boulders that you need to carefully climb down. Follow the tracks across the landslide of boulders until the trail makes an obvious turn left into the forest.
From here, the trail is very clear and winds its way through the cool forest until it meets the stream then makes its way up to reach the falls. The hike back is the same route in reverse and it's awe-inspiring to look down again from the top and realize you were just at the bottom of that thunderous mass of water.
BOTTOM OF BRANDYWINE FALLS HIKE DETAILS
When: year-round, but be cautious during snow and rain as trail is slippery
Where: just before Whistler on Sea to Sky Highway
Length: 1.5 hours for the round-trip, as it is an unmarked trail, I'm not sure of the length
Directions: to the top lookout read Vancouver Trails but if you want to go to the base, read the paragraphs above
Bathrooms: yes, at the parking lot
Public Transit: no