Grouse Grind Trail

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Grouse Grind Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Upper Lynn, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2654 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

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.

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24 days ago

Easily accessible, quick, tough climb.

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28 days ago

Did this trail on a whim after taking a the Gondola to the top and walking up to the wind turbine. Excellent workout did it in about an hour and 15 minutes. Total exhaustion at the end. My wife and I did this in September 2016.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

It's a trail to try.. and then drink beer at the top in the restaurant because you just climbed nature's stair-master, following a long train of people the whole way up. I do this trail once a year and then I'm over it - it's cool to do. But there's much more scenic and rewarding trails around town. With less stairs.

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1 month ago

Had to get my first Grind in while there was still a good snow pack. The trail is in excellent but somewhat slippery condition. At the 2/3 mark we hit a wall of snow aprox 3 feet deep and this continually got deeper all the way to the top. The light snow fall the night before was turning to rain by the time we arrived at the gondola. we added an extra 30 minutes to the normal hour of hiking time to get re-acquainted with our lungs and to handle the reduced traction. 95% of the people we came across were using micro-spikes those without where struggling for traction.

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4 months ago

I'd like to go snow shoeing at night here
I heard it's beautiful. if you want to join me email me at moonangel25@hotmail.com!

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5 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

It´s always about what to expect. For those who want to do a nice hike up some mountain the grouse grind doesn´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: you´re not allowed to hike the whole thing down (because of all the people coming up), so you´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.

6 months ago

amazing! !!!

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