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I would rate this trail as moderate difficulty. It took us about 3 hours in and out with about 15 min at the top! Great workout. I would recommend wearing shoes with some traction because the trail is quite loose in parts. The view is spectacular!

tough but worth it, check the weather and have proper footwear

Loved it but was much farther than it says on here. We did have to park at the second parking lot which added a bit but it was 13.2 to get to the peak totalling close at 27km not the above quoted 18.9 - there were 6 of us that were all tracking.

beautiful view once you are on the top of the mountain, however this hike was a lot harder than we expected.
from beginning of the trail to the top is definitely longer than posted here. roughly 25km round trip including a small detour to the Norvan fall (very worth it!). Make sure you pack lots of water as it's a very long hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Did the grind first and then proceeded to do goat mountain. I found the directions on here a bit misleading. Finding the trail head was the hardest part for me but there were no bugs, hardly any snow and it was a beautiful day! I was cautioned not to do this alone but I did it during the day and there were about 12-15 people I passed along the way. I felt very safe and comfortable. Also it says it’s 8.1 miles on this site but is much less...5km I think. I did the grind and goat mountain with a long stop at the top and it took me 3 hours. Great views. I recommend this!

Great trail and unreal views at the top!!!

The views are incredible! Would 100% recommend bringing bug spray though.

the hike was 30km out and back from the parking lot not the stated 19km. Very difficult. bring lots of water and Gatorade and fuel snacks. took 6 girls 10 hrs

hiking
7 days ago

July 12

I consider myself an intermediate biker and this was quite challenging for me. I’m on the smaller side at 5’ so one regular step for you might be two for me. Anyways this hike took me about four hours with plenty of breaks in between and 20 min at the top. Panoramic views are amazing and visibility was great today.

There were quite a bit of bugs so you’ll be happy to bring some repellent with you. Saw rangers putting up trail signs today. Still a lot of patches of snow. Some slushy some hard packed. Slid down some slopes instead of actual walking. You can hear the snow melting. Hiking boots will be nice if you don’t want your feet wet.

The last section that requires chains and ropes. The ropes look a bit sketchy and on the thin side. I was a little weary about one that was tied off to a branch that had some sway when pulled on but I wish they had something sturdier. Steep climb. Very dangerous to lose your footing there.

Very worth it for the views. Gorgeous. Quiet.
Next time I’ll be bringing poles. :)

hiking
7 days ago

This was a beast of a hike. It's harder than the Grouse Grind but more scenic and no steps! Only 4 stars because it has limited shade and gets hit with sun hard. It's so worth the views, bring food and 2L water. Below is the video of the gorgeous surroundings from Tunnel Bluffs;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAQtlRnyfPk

July 7-8, 2018: This was a difficult hike but well worth the gorgeous view at the top. The sunrises and sunsets from here are stunning. The incline is steep for 85% of the hike and requires some scrambling once you begin ascending the summit from the forest. With 40lbs+ backpacks, we hiked up in 4.5 hours and a gruelling 4hours down. There are very limited camping spots at the top, we were the only ones there overnight so we were able to choose the least rocky and flattest spot... maybe 5 tents max. Be very careful when climbing to the highest points, they call it a "no fall zone" for good reason!

Epic 360 view!

Challenging hike but extremely rewarding. Sometimes difficult to distinguish where markers and flags are heading because of the amount of trails leading to different summits or ridges. Hiked to the summit of crown on July 5th and portions of the hike were still covered in snow. A couple down hill portions of the hike are still covered in snow making it very difficult to descend. Definitely recommend hiking boots and/or crampons. Round trip just under 5 hours.

hiking
17 days ago

Lots of markers along the trail- but be aware of alternate flagging tape leading to other summits (goat, thunder ridge, etc). Still lots of snow but it is packed down. Hiking boots are recommended as opposed to runners. No view from the summit today even though it was blue skies at the grouse chalet. Took us 2.5 hours to the summit. No snow at the final rocky part. No bugs.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this trail on Wednesday. 5 hours up to grouse. Still lots of snow at the top, used our ice picks, probably could have used our crampons but managed without. Very well marked although still not officially open for the season. Wild flowers such as columbines and bleeding hearts starting to bloom. Bugs were wicked up the Boulder field. Beautiful hike well worth it!

20 days ago

Steep trail at the beginning. Gets easier after 3 km. Worth the view!

hiking
21 days ago

I just want to ask how was the trail from those who hiked couple of days ago. Planning to go on Sunday and hesitating if our group should go. Any suggestions? Hoping for a reply and will be very appreciated. Thank you!

Good view and great spot to have lunch at the top.
IG: transmutable

hiking
25 days ago

A difficult but beautiful trail! The bugs were truly horrific so bug nets are a must. Also its a tricky to find the trail right at the turnoff from the Seymour peak trail so I recommend a map or downloading the waypoints ahead of time. Also, from the parking lot this trail was 12 km each way (took us around 5 hours each way) so was longer than expected. Very remote and peaceful but quite a slog!

hiking
25 days ago

Amazing hike! Beautiful mountain ranges and valleys are visible from the top of the Mountain!! The hike it self is really scenic. On June 24th was plenty of snow-really dangerous conditions..trail easy to follow by footprints of other hikers left in the snow. The way up-down was challenging (steep, slippery, snow), it might be really dangerous without a proper footwear. Also, lots of bugs now! Take a repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses. Did in a quite phase from/to Grouse chalet in 6h.

hiking
28 days ago

Worth the gruelling uphill. 75% of it is steep uphill hiking so beware. Last 25% is mostly flat and a great break until you reach the main viewpoint. Took me just under 2 hours to get to the top. Descent took a little over an hour. A beautiful view of Howe Sound, Anvil Island, Bowen Island, etc. Sunset/sunrise here is stunning. On weekends this is a very popular hike; get to the parking lot before 8am or else you'll have to wait for a spot until someone comes down.

trail running
1 month ago

Incredible trail. One of the cities best! Lots of snow halfway up the valley. Probably 4km of Trail in snow. I would recommend crampons still even though we didn’t use them. Trail very well marked with orange reflective tape and yellow tree markers.

Did this June 4th 2018. Amazing hike and well worth every minute. The boulder chute is covered in snow and getting up grouse is a pain without crampons or snow shoes. Otherwise, the views are breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top overlooking Howe Sound and its islands. The hike up is tough - pretty much consistent hike uphill for 80% of the hike. Wouldn’t consider myself an experienced hiker but I’ve done plenty of trails and this one is tough bc of the incline. Definitely wasn’t moderate for us. Ended up taking about 2+ hrs to the summit and then 1 hr+ down. Bring lots of water, some lunch to enjoy the views at the top and grab one of the many walking sticks that people have left on the trail. We ended up having to park about a mile up the highway bc the closer lots were full.

hiking
1 month ago

Really great trail. Powerful coming up from the highway, then a nice relaxing jaunt to the viewpoint after an hour and a half of hard hiking.

Looks like a fire happened recently around 2/3rd the way up, definitely saw debris on the trail (picked it up too) so please make sure to leave no trace.

1 month ago

This was an extremely hard hike. I have no idea how this could be considered moderate. It is steep and full of rocks, boulders, trees, logs.....you name it the hike has. The view at the top is gorgeous but the hike hard

hiking
2 months ago

What we saw of the trail was great, solid climb. About 1.5km in we saw smoke and realized there was open flame. Fire fighters are aware and on site, but as of April 16 it's not safe to continue. We realized that at the bottom there are two entrances and one is blocked off with a sign saying the trail was closed with high risk of forest fires.
Long story short- forest fire, trail closed. Don't risk it.

hiking
2 months ago

A difficult, but enjoyable hike. We stayed the night up at the lake and there were only a few other small groups up there.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with amazing views.

Traffic was a bit heavy on the trail and parking can be a bit tricky but overall a good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking around Grouse is quite easy. Be careful when descending into the valley as it gets muddy sometimes and prepare for a steep climb up the other side of the valley. The peak offers breathtaking views of the whole backcountry, mount Coliseum, Seymour, the Lions, Hanes valley, local mountains, Capilano Lake and of course, the city of Vancouver.

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