Grouse Grind Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver District, BC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
The Grouse Grind is a trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, sometimes called Mother Natures Stairmaster. This trail is very challenging. On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended. "The trail begins just east (right) of the Grouse Mountain Gondola in an area with posts set up for hikers to use for stretching their arms and legs before the hike. Walk past the gate and over the small bridge and immediately begin your uphill ascent. The trail levels out until you reach a sign at a fork in the trail. Go left at the fork and continue your uphill climb making your way over rocks, roots, and wooden steps. After 15 minutes or so, you cross a small bridge over a dried-up creek. It's only another 10 minutes to the first quarter mark. Each quarter mark is clearly shown with large signs and can be a relief or an indication on whether to continue or not. If you are struggling at the first quarter mark or have run out of water, it's probably a better idea to walk back down as there is still a long, grueling way to go and you could potentially run into some serious problems if you choose to continue. For those continuing, the trail weaves its way uphill over more wooden steps. The third quarter is the steepest with the trail traversing over rock in some sections. The fourth quarter is also quite steep with some sections containing very large steps. Keep going, you're almost there. Once at the top, you have earned bragging rights by saying you have completed 'The Grind'. Walk towards the Grouse Mountain Chalet and up the stairs to the entrance. Just inside, you can buy your ticket for the Gondola ride before heading back down, have a beer at the bar, or wander around the top of Grouse Mountain to check out the events or scenery.
Not a hike so much as a workout. Very steep and the first 1/4 always has me doubting my sanity but once I'm past the "holy f&&ok" stage, it's awesome.
ItÂ´s always about what to expect. For those who want to do a nice hike up some mountain the grouse grind doesnÂ´t have much to offer. For those who want to do a workout outside it might be a challenge.
The grouse grind is a steep, quite muddy way up through the woods, full of people and full of garbage. On top of the mountain waits a stand for beaver tails and you can buy lots of other expensive tourism stuff. And: youÂ´re not allowed to hike the whole thing down (because of all the people coming up), so youÂ´re supposed to pay for the ropeway down. All in all: A huge disappointment. I give two stars only because it can be physically demanding.
Great if you want a workout but at 2800 ft climbing over 1.8 miles it is nearly 30% average grade and feels like it. Not the most enjoyable due to the effort. Great views at top but throngs of people there from the gondola lift. Extremely crowded trail as its a "thing" in Vancouver.
I did this one a few months ago it was awfull...never again!thers other trails one can do,instead of having to run into people all the way up,that looked like theyr ready to passed out!!im in great shape and I must say if you have heart or blood pressure problems or knee surgeries Dnt even think about it.Good luck!
I really enjoy this trail because of the stairs. I wish it were less busy though.
This is a must just for the physical experience. We had a great time and a awesome lunch up top
start early to avoid large groups of people and enjoy the grind.
Great workout, super busy trail. Great test of endurance.
Not mentioned here. You are NOT supposed or allowed to hike down it. Its too crowded. There's an other trail that is longer but easier but most take the cable cart down. (I didn't know until i reached the top).
Food and drinks with a superb view available at the top.
I expected it to be hard, but it was harder than I expected. Good test of will. Lots of people, even on a weekday. The way up is prettier than most reviews make it sound.