hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Perfect conditions!
Flies are still around but tolerable

Easy transit access. Quite the cardio exercise. It requires a tone of endurance. But it's well kept and lots of fun. Fairly busy too, especially since there's lots to do at the top like hike to the peak, lumberjack shows, a bear habitat, restaurants, stores, Beavertails and much more! You can't go back down the trail, so you can take the Gondola or the BCMC trail. Workers won't tell you were the BCMC ends to go down because it's easy to get lost, but it's just to the east if the Grouse. That trail is steep down, not as steep as the Grouse however. And you MUST watch for trail markers.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy transit access. The trail isn't exactly in amazing shape compared to it's neighbour, the Grouse. However it's easier in terms of steepness. Going down it is probably much more difficult (but not as tiring) It brings you to the same top as the Grouse so you have access to all the stores, events, restaurants etc. Decent trail at the end of the day, especially if you don't like loud busy trails and prefer to just enjoy nature!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

It was hard. I knew it was going to be hard. It's classed as Vancouver's ugliest Hike but I didn't see it that way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You really need to just stop, look up and look around. The smells of the forest too. Plus the sound of the gondola when you're almost at the top is a sweet reward. It is what you make it. Will be back to do this again in October.

all these ppl complaining! it's not MEANT to be a enjoyable, walk in the park, sunshine and flowers hike! it's a moderate workout. don't go there if you haven't been doing hard hikes or strenuous exercise! i personally found it a nice challenge and an enjoyable view at the top!

Great alternative to the Grind. Don't tell anyone. It is about 20 minutes longer then the Grind; when you think you are at the top, there is still more to walk. The first half if the most intense and it levels out! !

13 days ago

Challenging and great workout for us normal folk. This trail can probably be completed by most people who consider themselves to be in relatively good shape. There's a good chance it's going to push you though, which is fine. It lets you know you're alive.

If you're concerned about your ability to finish this climb, the quarter mile markers will be helpful in gauging your progress and comparing that to how much gas you've got left in the tank. We passed one duo in their 20's who made it halfway up the mountain and decided they couldn't make it the rest of the way. It sort of gave us pause, wondering how hard this thing was really going to get. Quite honestly though, this hike is perfectly named. There's a good chance you're going to be capable of finishing the climb, but it's going to be a grind.

The chalet and gondola ride back down are nice cozy prizes after a tough 70-90-minute stair climb. Just be sure to bring $10 per person to cover the cost of the ride back down once you're up there.

Sidenote, there's an electronic leaderboard at the top that will track your climb time if you've synched up properly at the hike's outset. We missed how to do that but we did notice there's a number of athletes out there completing this thing in freakish times. I commend them.

Great if your intention is to just get exercise...but if you want to get out there and really experience the back country I wouldn't suggest it. The trail is usually packed, there are bears in captivity , there is a restaurant, zip lining, a gift shop and you are strongly urged to take the sky ride down which costs 10 bucks....none of this is involved with a REAL hiking trip.

hiking
15 days ago

Followed this trail up instead of doing The Grind. Pretty intense. You have to focus on where you're putting your feet a lot. Not really much of a view until you're actually at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago