Grouse Grind

Grouse Grind near Vancouver, BC


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
2 kms
2hours
difficult
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Vancouver, BC
User alexk
The Grouse Grind is probably Vancouver's most popular hike, especially for the fitness oriented crowd. Most regulars know exactly how long it takes them to get to the top, and, what their PR is! There is even a bi-annual race. It's a very steep climb that may be described as a more natural version of stair-masterfor the after-work crowd. It was originally used as a training climb for those planning on longer hikes. These days, at the top, you can buy a snack, shop, hike some more, or grab a burger & coke, um, make that a beer. The view from the patio is awesome on a summer evening. You can hike down, or, take the gondola for $10. Imagine a Gondola full of sweaty hikers. The Grind is well marked, and has signs marking each quarter of the hike, so you have a rough idea of how much more to do. It's never a question of where to go (the trail is as worn in like the steps of St. Peters) but of how much longer. Cardio! Singles! Sweat! Nature?

The start of the hike is easily found after driving or taking the bus up Capilano Road (stay right after crossing the Lion's gate bridge in Vancouver) to the base of the mountain, the road goes no further. On the way, you will pass the Capilano Suspension Bridge - another popular tourist destination. After parking in one of several areas (now pay, read as ripoff), make your way to the right of the road, opposite the Gondola, and look for a notice board, clock, and even a vending machine with water? you'll want water. Make sure you start before it gets too late (the region will help you in this way by locking a small gate at curfew time, which varies during the summer but is usually 7 p.m. or so).

If you like the proximity of the Grouse Grind but are ready for some variety, there are a number of North Shore hikes nearby - such as Black Mountain (Eagle Bluffs), Cypress falls, Brothers Creek, Deek's Bluffs, and so on, they are all on trailpeak - but you will have to forgo some of the conveniences of the Grind and you won't have the easy way down! Note that there are a few less crowded routes branching off of the Grouse Grind, but we'll leave you to discover those, hint BCMC.

Map of the Grouse Grind: NTS Map 92G06



A little history thanks to vohprecio:



The revival began in the early 90s, when the trail was appropriately named the Grouse Grind® in conjunction with the first ever Grouse Grind Mountain Run®, now Western Canada’s premiere trail challenge. Often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” the trail has become part of the fabric of Vancouver. More than 100-thousand hikers a year take on the challenge of the rugged terrain and steep climb, up an approximate 56 per cent slope (30°), which starts at the Valley Station of Grouse Mountain and finishes at the Peak’s plateau.

In 1996, the original cast of builders, along with a number of enthusiasts from the B.C. Federation of Mountaineering Club and Grouse Mountain, rebuilt the trail ensuring optimum safety and enjoyment for the high volume of hikers while maintaining the highest level of environmental protection from erosion.



  • Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)


  • Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)


  • Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)


  • Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)


  • Total Stairs: 2,830


  • Annually, over 100,000 people hike the Grind™


  • Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike


  • For novice hikers, up to two hours is recommended


  • Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split



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By welschprincessPosted By: welschprincess  - Mon Jan 07 00:25:17 UTC 2013 Not Rated Question The below is included in the reviews below:

"The other is the Skyline trail. This one is a little harder to find. It basically follows the route of the old Gondola and comes out at the bottom of the Cut. You park your car at the very top of Skyline road and then follow the gated road up and around. Pass the first trailhead you see (Baden Powel) and then go up on the second head you come upon. On the way up, you will see remnants of the old Gondola burned out logging cabins and, in a few choice spots, views of the entire lower mainland. The last third of the hike is up the Cut. Since it is entirely clear cut (for skiing) there is a magnificent view all the way up. "

Does anyone know a bit more about this trailhead- as in, is it easy to find or marked well at all? I'd like to try it once spring arrives and it's hard to find much data on it.

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By orlandkurtenbachPosted By: orlandkurtenbach  - Wed Jul 13 08:17:40 UTC 2011 Not Rated Comment regarding the last comment, there's free parking nearby and you don't necessarily have to take the gondola down. it's "prohibited" in a relaxed sense, one could say.
By straalPosted By: straal  - Sat Aug 21 18:03:44 UTC 2010 Not Rated Upside Good exercise Downside Pure business - no downhill traffic allowed on trail and no other trails open to get back to parking lot. Leaving the Chalet as only option back. With $5 parking fee + $10 Chalet fee there are much better alternatives for a good exercise. Comment Not worth it.
By Sandra LeePosted By: Sandra Lee  - Sun Apr 25 16:14:46 UTC 2010 Not Rated Question what type of shoe is best for this hike?

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By RachelvancouverPosted By: Rachelvancouver  - Sun Oct 11 02:34:50 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside btw, it is 2.9 km, not 2. I edited the page.
By RachelvancouverPosted By: Rachelvancouver  - Sun Oct 11 02:31:00 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside It's a fantastic aerobic workout, but you don't really have to be a super-athlete. I walk 2 or 3 hrs a day as my only workout, and it took me 88 min to do the grind my first time. If you are remotely fit, it's not difficult. Downside Not many viewpoints til you get to the top. Too many GROANING TOURISTS IN JEANS. Booo. Comment Actually, the 1/4, 1/2 signs, etc., seem inaccurate because they refer to ALTITUDE, not distance travelled.

I'm addicted to this trail; did it 2x a week this fall (it's too hot for me during the summer!).
By W7RKDPosted By: W7RKD  - Wed Oct 07 13:17:54 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This is a great cardio workout, did this hike in 2005. What I could not fathom is the people actually running up this thing! Downside None
By ekhikerPosted By: ekhiker  - Mon Sep 28 01:59:13 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Absolutely fantastic workout. If you need to burn off some serious mental and physical energy, it is fantastic. And the trees are lovely. (Especially if you don't get to the NorthWest that often) Downside True, it is not a contemplative hike. If you aren't careful you just might look up at a gorgeous tree and fall over backwards because it is so steep (I didn't do this) or tilt sideways and off the trail and roll rapidly down the mountain (I thought I might once or twice). Don't try it if you aren't in pretty good shape - a few people I saw looked distinctly ill and I worried a bit about them. Comment I was in town on business and asked a local for some serious exercise in a beautiful location and they recommended this. It was a right-on recommendation. I was there Thursday 9/24/09 and it wasn't too crowded. Plenty of people, but not like an ant line and everyone was quite friendly. Trail was in pretty good shape.
By ReforgedPosted By: Reforged  - Sat Aug 29 17:11:03 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Good Physical challenge. The gondola was neat Downside no good views, and rather rude people on the the trail. Comment Grind is a good name for it, when I get to the top of a mountain I like the sense of accomplishment, but all I got was a sense of relief when I finished the grind. Good for the challenge but thats about it.
By kelly.canucksPosted By: kelly.canucks  - Mon Aug 17 00:04:34 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question How much is it to climb up to the top? or is it free?

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By PsilocinPosted By: Psilocin  - Thu Jun 18 01:56:03 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside You can take the ride down, and get a great workout in a very short amount of time. Downside Doesn't feel like a nature hike. More like a social outdoor gym. No dogs allowed. I hike about 100 time per year, and I rarely do this more than once per year.
By yoursdigitallyPosted By: yoursdigitally  - Mon Jun 08 06:52:02 UTC 2009 Not Rated Comment I did the hike on Saturday, June 6, 2009 and started at 11:25am. Lots of people on that day. Most of the sections are in the same old condition. Timber and materials were left in a few spots awaiting for reinforcement work. It was a bit slippery towards the top due to surface runoff (probably the last 100m). Snow was spotted, but not along the trail. It was misty on top and no chance to see the city at all. I drank less than 500ml of water during the 1-1/2 hours hike.
By yoursdigitallyPosted By: yoursdigitally  - Thu Jun 04 19:59:12 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question Can anyone who did the hike lately giving us a report on the condition of the Grind? I haven't started this year, but planning for this painful but rewarding hike. Please and thank you!

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By soul travellerPosted By: soul traveller  - Sat May 30 05:21:40 UTC 2009 Not Rated Comment Great workout. I never get tired of it - although sometimes tired from it! It can get cool at the top especially once you stop sweating. Bring a light extra shirt or buy one at the shop. The Grind Timer Program not only allows you to time your progress but it also provides shuttle service to carry your extra clothing to the top for you. Best try to get into your own rhythm and zone out the cel phone talkers!
By soul travellerPosted By: soul traveller  - Sat May 30 05:08:06 UTC 2009 Not Rated
By gm0n3yPosted By: gm0n3y  - Tue May 26 22:47:36 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Great workout, amenities / beer at the top. Downside Busy, no views, etc. Comment As many people have mentioned, this is not really a nature hike. It is effectively a cross between going to the gym and going on a hike. That being said, if you go during off-peak times, it can be a rewarding challenge (I go probably 5 times a year or so).
By trailpeakPosted By: trailpeak  - Sat Mar 14 14:51:32 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question curious if those who hiked it in winter found it to be dangerous at all (it is officially closed in winter - and hiking is not advised -- however some do)

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By bin_08Posted By: bin_08  - Sat Sep 13 18:55:08 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside A short, intense workout. Ride down gondola to save knees. Downside Busy. Comment Re: Comment below. The animals at the top of Grouse Mountain are orphans. They were brought into captivity because experts believed they couldn't survive on their own in the wild. Therefore, it's ok and instead of them dying they're now helping educate the thousands of tourists that come to Grouse Mtn every year.
By RamboPosted By: Rambo  - Thu Jul 10 18:56:09 UTC 2008 Not Rated Upside Cardio workout, good for lazy fat asses that are too city-like to drive an hour to a real hiking trail. Accessible. Downside Caged bears and wolves, that should be illegal. Orphans or not, people are not being educated, people don't care. They care about the pictures and the story to tell ''Oh i saw grizzly bears''. Animals are made to be in the wild, to either survive there, or just die. Experts have too many opinions. It wouldn't be wrong if we could cage the employees of the mountain there too.

Overcrowded ? No, not if the trail would be large enough. This is a highway, not a nature walk. It's a freaking wall. If you know your triangles, 2.9 km long, 900 m high, that will tell you how steep that hill is.<BR><BR>People trying to go at other people's pace. Don't do that, you will not make it.

A commercial overrated expensive uneducated-unwell-mannered-hikers trail. 10$ going down ? Buy yourself some gas and go in the real wild, BC is full of beautiful hikes that don't involve walking around out-of-breath flip-flops-wearing out of shape people.
Comment First this is not 2km but almost 3. The quarter mark seems to be very far the first time you do it. The 3/4 mark is useless as you are in an unterminable war against your body and mind, but the reward after you finish this also-called trail, is the cheering of all your friends and the monkeys that were blocking your way up, cutting you and throwing their bottles on the ground. Definitely a fat losing experience, before the fat hamburger i had right after !!
By seniorPosted By: senior  - Sun Sep 23 14:04:46 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Easy to get to from the city. Downside Way too crowded. Comment Excellent facilities on top & bottom of the trail i.e. washroom, restaurant & bar. Good work out for the body.
By slow runnerPosted By: slow runner  - Sat Sep 08 02:06:52 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside My introduction to hiking in Vancouver! (It's always a little disconcerting to see paramedics at a trailhead.) Make sure your pacemaker is fully charged for this one and I really don't recommend doing it two weeks after a half marathon. On the plus side, my son offered to carry the pack when he noticed how purple my face was getting. Lovely, lovely views of the city from the top. Very steep, but a manicured trail. Downside Lots of company on this one, very crowded, but all like minded people. Boy, am I in bad shape... next time I'll bring a defibrillator.
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Sun Sep 02 05:26:42 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Never get lost. Some chain help when your legs are tired. You don't need to come down the steep decent. Better than stair master. You can gauge how far you are up to by 1/2, 3/4 signs - although not sure if they are accurate. Downside Overcrowded often. Those steps makes you go slower. Comment I was looking at the Grouse Mtn web site and there are folks over 60 years old who do 35mins. I am a short-mid distance runner and very slow at climb but someone 20yrs older are faster than I...
By evgenykravchenkoPosted By: evgenykravchenko  - Sun Jul 22 03:38:45 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside Good if you need to lose a few pounds. Lumberjack shows and Bear cubs at the top. Downside Hard on the knees, boring views, too crowded Comment Nothing special
By WesternWilsonPosted By: WesternWilson  - Mon Jul 09 22:20:21 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This is a great, fresh air alternative to a studio step or stairmaster workout! Views from the top are fantastic on a clear day, also there are other trails (for the über-buff) off the peak to either prolong your workout or give you something to do after luncheon! Hats off, by the way, to the lovely young woman who backpacked her infant up. Ay carumba. Downside Yes, you are never alone, but the people who pass you are so nice!
No dogs...trail is far too narrow and steep to safely accommodate the pups.
The trail is all steps...is that a good thing or a bad thing? I find they really tire my quads and hip flexors out, much more than a plain surface. You really need to watch your footing, and some of the steps are quite high, requiring a handhold and a good heave for us sub 6 footers...
Comment As an only moderately fit, quite overweight 49 year old, this trail was a good challenge and a great workout. My first time on this trail, I took 1 hour 50 minutes to get to the top. I found the last 15% demanded I *really* slow down, watch my footing (I was getting really tired) and take frequent (like every 50') breaks. Was I sweaty and hot, and did hordes of fit and fabulous athletes pass me?...you bet! Was I euphoric at the top?...ABSOLUTELY!
By k_crackerPosted By: k_cracker  - Sat Aug 26 00:29:52 UTC 2006 Not Rated Upside good view of vancouver from the top, well marked. as long as your in reasonable shape its good for all experience levels. Downside you will have lots of company on the way up, and your not allowed to hike down the trail so make sure you bring some money to buy a lift pass down the mountain.(the sign for this is conveniently placed at the top of the mountain.)
By Rocky9Posted By: Rocky9  - Thu Sep 01 05:21:46 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent trail. No need for views, air is great, trees awesome. Trail well marked and enjoyable as long as you are fit, have water and power gels. Really impressed by the work done at the top. Loved the carvings. Downside A lot of people joining your trek up the trail. Comment Those who want a view should possibly not climb the grind. Nothing like mossy trees, clean air a challenging trail and a burger at the top - the view at the summit is worth waiting for - unless like today it was cloudy.
By trailblazerPosted By: trailblazer  - Sun Aug 21 22:18:24 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside It feels good to show off physical ability to people who are struggling. Downside Terrible views. Not interesting at all. Comment Sometimes there's a lumberjack show at the top of Grouse Mountain that is very comical to make the hike somewhat worthwhile.
By x86compPosted By: x86comp  - Tue Oct 26 02:25:34 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent workout. The trail is located very near to city, about a 10 minute drive. Nice weather - not too hot not too cold when I was there in October 2004, this is important because you will sweat on this trail. Very friendly fellow travelers on the trail. Topside attractions including tables and chairs and a food concessionery are comfortable. There is also a restaurant with a fireplace if you are feeling more formal (or cold). There is a free movie and some large wood statues for entertainment. Downside No resting places on the way up, and not much so see. The scenery is very monotonous. Souveneer sales topside can be a ripoff and clothing sales are a ripoff. Bears and wolves at the mountain top are way over-rated. Comment I went up and down the trail in an afternoon. There were some comments about not going down because it was bad on your knees, I found them to be overly gloomy. As long as you control your decent and use your muscles (negative), the down is a great workout as well. Trail is not as well marked on the way down, so head back with some buffer time before nightfall. It was not easy to find some spots in the dark even after a fellow hiker gave us a flashlight out of sympathy. Moreover, trail overall is somewhat strange. It is a collection of actual steps and step-like rocks and tree roots, which is sometimes more difficult than a regular trail because of loose rocks or strange footings. I carried water up, but only drank it at the top, didn't use it up or down. Because of my companion I did not run the trail, but it seems like this trail would be easier and more fun to run than walk.
By GermanicusPosted By: Germanicus  - Tue Aug 24 00:29:14 UTC 2004 Not Rated Upside good workout if you do not like going to FitnessCentres with bad air and boring exercises; close to city; pick non peak times as morning or evening on not to hot days so the crowd is much more less; time competition is fun so you have always a goal; I like that I can find out by checking the way I get up how I can be faster and that works and is fun to understand how you work and what makes you faster; nice view from the top alsways a retreat; Downside it is not a real trail to back nature with views and no people. Comment I like it and do it if I can each weak instead of going to boring fitnesscentres.
By seminianoaPosted By: seminianoa  - Thu Jul 29 18:50:04 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside You can't get lost going up the trails because it is marked all the way up, plus there are usually people on the trail, so if you don't know where to go, just look a few feet in front of you and you'll see someone. Downside There are sometimes too many people on the trail so at times you can't go as fast as you would want to go. Comment It's a good hike depending on how hard you push yourself. I recommend not going down. It is a killer on th knees.
By philseraPosted By: philsera  - Tue Jul 20 06:03:54 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside steep. no views. tons of people. vending machines at the top. Comment umm is this really hiking?
By k_afshariPosted By: k_afshari  - Wed May 26 21:36:30 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent workout. And you dont have to walk down and kill your knees and back. Downside Very steep, and not recommended for first time hikers.
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Tue Aug 19 02:26:31 UTC 2003 Not Rated Downside As of Aug 19, 2003 - the GVRD has closed the Grind due to the extreme fire hazard that exists in the region - hopefully with a little rainfall the trail and most others in the region which are also being closed will be able to reopen as soon as possible
By freeridebrycePosted By: freeridebryce  - Mon Aug 18 22:23:31 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside good cardio and, uh... Coke machine at the top? Downside nothing interesting, no views, people everywhere Comment Do it just to say you did it, then leave it for the tourists and locals who keep track of their "personal best". There are tons of long steep trails on the shore, almost all of them are better than the Grind. The descent is kinda fun, you can pretty much run back down and revel in the suffering of others.
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Sat Apr 26 23:09:20 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside it's open for the season Comment It appears that the Grind is about to open for the season - while the GVRD hasn't announced anything offically the gate was opened on April 26, 2003 and the trail is in good condition all the way to the top - only a little tricky late season compact snow and ice at the very top.
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Tue Nov 19 23:34:58 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside See note below Downside See note below Comment November 18, 2002 - looks like the trail may be closed for the season as the gate has been locked - recent rains have made the creeks and gulleys adjacent to the trail dangerous and the steps will be slippery.
By wanderlustPosted By: wanderlust  - Wed Aug 28 21:40:33 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside If you're on the prowl, good place to meet sweaty singles - and you can buy kooky souverneirs at the top! Downside The crowds, the difficulty, the lack of view Comment Anyone who appreciates the outdoors will loathe this trudge. Hiking is about getting away from all things city, immersing yourself in nature, and enjoying the spledour of the outdoors. This is the anti-hike. Yuppies jostling along (god forbid you're the reason they didn't make their record huff) on steep, viewless track. Anyone who gives this hike a good rating has probably never been anywhere else. Save yourselves!
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Sat May 25 23:50:41 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Trail is a good cardio workout - take water and proper footwear - a camera for views at the top - don't forget to stop and see the two grizzly bear cubs playing in their pen near the Peak chair. There is an opportunity for some views at the 1/2 point where the trail comes to within 50 feet of the Skyride cut. Downside A tough slog if not in condition and in summer a way to many people for any solitude. $5.00 down load fee Comment Up on trail on May 24, 2002 - snow free to past the 3/4 mark - little trouble doing the top part - not yet offically opened - GVRD is concerned that too mnay people on it early will destabilize the wet soil and cause erosion and possibily slides etc.
By mwiebePosted By: mwiebe  - Mon Jan 14 07:06:20 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside This hike is a great cardio workout and you don't really need to take along anything except a water bottle. Downside This is the traffic jam of hikes. On a sunny day there is literally a constant stream of people and it gets a little maddening. Also, the Grind is heavily sheltered with trees and has ZERO view until you get to the top.

There are two other trails up Grouse that are WAY better, more scenic, more natural (no wooden stairs), more fun and way less crowded. One is the BCMC trail which you start about 1/4 of the way up the grind. It branches off to the right and is quite clearly marked.

The other is the Skyline trail. This one is a little harder to find. It basically follows the route of the old Gondola and comes out at the bottom of the Cut. You park your car at the very top of Skyline road and then follow the gated road up and around. Pass the first trailhead you see (Baden Powel) and then go up on the second head you come upon. On the way up, you will see remnants of the old Gondola burned out logging cabins and, in a few choice spots, views of the entire lower mainland. The last third of the hike is up the Cut. Since it is entirely clear cut (for skiing) there is a magnificent view all the way up.
Comment The Grind is again open in the summer. For about $20 you can get a timing chip that you scan at the bottom and the top...then your time up the mountain is displayed on a screen inside the lodge...if you care about stuff like that...
By trailpeakPosted By: trailpeak  - Thu Jul 12 05:52:21 UTC 2001 Not Rated Comment Grouse Grind Alternatives
Although the Grouse GRind is officially closed, many people have found alternate routes to reach the top, and, many others have simply picked alternate hikes to get their fix of natural stairmaster. Please post any local alternatives that you enjoy here.


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