This is an alternative to the Grouse Grind Trail. It starts and ends at almost identical points, but follows a more natural route. You don't have the feeling of being part of a herd climbing up a stair case. It gains around 800m over 3 kilometers, so be prepared to get your heart rate up. It's slightly longer than the traditional grind and will take you a bit more time to complete.
As you begin following the trail to the grind, you will reach a junction shortly after. To the left uphill is the Grouse Grind. To the right is the Baden Powell Trail which you will follow. It crosses a dry creek bed and after this, you'll reach another junction this time between the Baden Powell and the BCMC which goes left uphill here. Once on the BCMC trail, you'll notice evenly spaced orange and silver markers, most of which are marked with a marker number. There are 160 in total, so that makes around 1 marker per 20m. The trail is pretty straight forward and well trodden.
Some points of interest:
Marker #31 - A trail goes left into the ravine here then climbs 100m to rejoin the BCMC trail. From this side trail, you can find the start of the Flint and Feather trail as well as access to the Grouse Grind.
Marker #46 - This is where the short side trail rejoins the BCMC
Marker #129 - Here a viewpoint can be found off of the trail on the left side.
Marker #135 - Another viewpoint here. Once again it is on the left side.
Marker #138 - Small bridge over a creek. From here the trail has leveled off quite substantially.
Follows the directions to Grouse Mountain. If you're coming by the highway, this means taking exit 14. Either way, you drive up Capilano Road to the end where the skyride is. The trail starts at the same point as the Grouse Grind
Both the 232 and the 236 buses go up to Grouse and are an option if you aren't driving.
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Posted By: JBWilliams
- Sun Jul 12 20:04:44 UTC 2015
UpsideTrail was well maintained and easy to navigate. Significantly less people on the trail compared to the Grouse Grind. DownsideThe service lines from the facilities on the final section of the hike smelt kind of funky. CommentIf you are looking for something with similar difficulty to the Grouse Grind, this is a great alternative. This trail resembles more of a hike, rather than a flight of stairs which its sister trail often is compared to.