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Grouse Grind, BC

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 900 feet
Elevation Gain 2,582 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,582 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.25
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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16  2018-04-06 John9L
24  2014-07-22 cw50must
Author cw50must
author avatar Guides 11
Routes 2
Photos 3,132
Trips 244 map ( 1,237 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Any
Seasons   Summer
Sun  5:51am - 6:21pm
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Mother Nature's Stairmaster
by cw50must

Likely In-Season!
Grouse mountain is known as the Peak of Vancouver, its a mountain on the Vancouver's North shore. Its also a popular Ski Destination in the winter months. During the summer the Grouse Grind is the main attraction. The Grind is a 1.8 mile hike up the mountain. Don't let the distance fool you, its tough, you gain 2800 ft elevation in that 1.8 miles. the trail is one way, up only. The trail has several areas of switchbacks, and a variety of steps including, logs, rocks, even some man made concrete sections, and natural steps, even some roots join in as steps. It is said that there are over 2830 steps along the way. The trail is well maintained, and marked, and can be crowded. You return down via the gandola/lift.


The Grouse Grind is said to take about 1.5 hour - 2 hours depending on ability. There are also regulary held timed events in which people will compete for the fastest time, but most of the time its just for fun.
Once at the top Grouse Mountain has a variety of features to keep you entertained until your ride down. There is zip lines, disc golf, guided eco-walks, a grizzly bear display, birds in motion demonstration, and even a few places to eat and refuel after your climb.

The decent down is via a skylift and will cost you $10.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2014-08-09 cw50must

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Grouse Grind
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    I headed up to Vancouver for a long weekend and had a few hours to adventure on my own. I did some hasty research and most of the hikes I wanted to do were either too far or buried under snow. I came upon the Grouse Grind and thought it looked fun. I did more research and it was still closed for the season. I had a feeling this was one of those trails that said it was closed but was unofficially open. I looked over a map and came up with backup options and decided to go for it!

    I left my hotel in downtown Vancouver and made the drive to Grouse Mountain. It was an overcast day with some light rain falling. I arrived at the resort and was able to park for free on the street. You pretty much have to pay to park everywhere in Vancouver. I got lucky here! I walked around the area and then headed over to the trailhead. There are some informational signs and a fence that was locked open. I walked past the fence and started in. A short walk ahead brought me to a closure sign stating the trail was not open. I could see two other hikers on their way up so I decided to head on up!

    The Grouse Grind immediately starts out with a big climb that never lets up. I set a moderate pace as I made the climb up. Along the way there are markers announcing your progress that are broken down one at time ending at 40. The trail also has markers for the quarter, halfway and three-quarters mark. I kept at the climb and hit snow roughly two-thirds of the way up. I kept going and the snow grew heavier and became a bit sketchy. I was wearing trail runners and my Jansport backpack and was dripping with sweat. I removed my fleece and wore my tee shirt. I continued up and started to have some doubts on conditions and considered turning around. I could see a hiker approaching on his way up so I waited and asked him some questions. He said the trail is always open and asked if I had a traction device. I told him no and asked him the same question. He said no as well and also stated this was his second summit of the day. I decided to follow him and I’m glad I did. The rest of the way up went well. The snow has a foot path beaten into it and is fairly easy to stay on. A few minutes later we topped out at the ski hut.

    I said goodbye to the local and headed into the ski hut which is loaded with amenities. There’s a coffee shop, restaurant, gear store, gift shop and a Gondola. I hung out for a while and then paid the ten bucks (Canadian Dollars) and rode the Gondola down. This was a great option but the top of the mountain was choked in with fog so my views were limited. This concluded my first hike of the day. I then headed over to Cleveland Park and returned to my hotel afterward. I was off to a good start!

    Grouse Grind
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    We spent a week in the Vancouver area, and this was a must do while we were there. The trail is in good shape, offers a variety of "steps" on your way up. The trail was pretty busy, even on a tuesday, we saw people of all abilities. Being a desert dweller, I carried 3L of water with me, but given the great weather in the Vancouver area, turns out that was a bit much. Almost the entire trail is shaded due to the tree cover, and there aren't many views on the way up due to the thick forest, but once at the top you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Vancouver area.

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    To hike
    The Grouse Grind can be accessed by car, there is a large, paved parking lot. If you are in North Vancouver it is located at the end of Capilano Rd.

    If you are staying in Vancouver there is a free shuttle during the peak months.
    page created by cw50must on Aug 09 2014 11:24 am
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