Grouse Grind Trail

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Grouse Grind Trail is a 4.7 kilometer 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
4.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
809 m
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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11 hours ago

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.

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21 hours ago

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7 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 way 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!

hiking
7 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.

8 days ago

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.

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12 days ago

crowded but super fun! it is hard but as i expected this i went slower than i could of! the 3rd section i found the hardest to push thru

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17 days ago

This hike was challenging but fun! It get's crowded fast. Pace yourself and bring water!!

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18 days ago

magnificient view of tall trees, fresh air, but very challenging. I did it my way.

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21 days ago

it's not fun. it's a huge workout and the only view is at the top.

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23 days ago