Grouse Grind Trail

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Grouse Grind Trail is a 3.5 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Upper Lynn, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
3.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
793 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Please Note: This hike is closed during the fall/winter. This is a one way hike and descending on foot is not allowed. 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.

1 day ago

Great hike!! Definitely prepare to sweat but was well worth the views!

hiking
3 days ago

If you like a physical challenge, you'll enjoy the Grouse Grind Trail. If you like to appreciate the scenery while you're hiking, you may not. Hiking the trail is as strenuous as advertised, the footing is tricky enough that you have to watch where you're walking nearly the entire time, and the trail is narrow enough and busy enough that it's not always easy to just stop and look around. The nearby BCMC trail provides an easier, if slightly longer, hike up the side of Grouse Mountain.

All of that said, this is one of the most fun hikes I've done in a while. Having a cold Molson (or other adult beverage) at the top of the mountain while taking in the views of Vancouver is a nice bonus, too!

hiking
4 days ago

It's a rite of passage for anyone who likes hiking, took us 2 hours with lots of stops. Beautiful trail though. Very busy

8 days ago

The grouse grind redefines swamp ass. It’s just you against yourself in this race against your own heart beat and heavy breathing....and sweat drenched attire. Enjoy!

8 days ago

Did it! A little longer than it took me 5 years ago. But I did it.

13 days ago

One of the best hikes!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great and hard workout. Perfect view from the top!

17 days ago

Went on a weekday and it wasn't very crowded. Really likes the woods and the view from the top. Went at a slow pace and didn't find it hard.

trail running
18 days ago

Perfect for workout at the end of the day ! Best is to cycle to go up there

hiking
18 days ago

Hardest 1.9 miles I've ever done.

19 days ago

Great workout!!! It was pretty hard for me!
But still fun!

hiking
24 days ago

Great workout! Did it yesterday.

26 days ago

Do it for the workout, not the views. This trail cannot be called 'hard' unless you try to get a good time. I'm not in great hiking condition at the moment and I did it in less than an hour.

26 days ago

A workout wonderful! A great reward, a great view!

29 days ago

This hike had a lot of great views of trees. It was pretty much straight up with a lot of steps. I wouldn’t do it if you don’t consistently exercise as you can just pay to go up the gondola. I would recommend going/leaving early (I went up at 9:00) and it was pretty empty but the trail filled quickly. The trail is very busy but it’s part of the adventure.

1 month ago

I survived the Grind! It is a workout so be sure to bring sports clothing rather than jeans. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a lot of sweat. At the last part I could hardly lift my feet anymore - however you will be so proud of yourself when you have made it! There are washrooms and eating options at the bottom and at the top. I bought a nice the Northface t-shirt at the top reading „2.830 chances to step it up“ as a souvenir ;-) The way down is only allowed by gondola (which you have to pay for) or you take the BCMC trail down. However when I did the hike there was a long queue for the gondola and some people ignored the one-way policy of the Grouse Grind trail and climbed it down (I would not recommend it though as it seemed rather dangerous to me.) Have fun.

hiking
1 month ago

needs to be harder

hiking
1 month ago

Visiting Canada for the first time and this did not disappoint as a challenge. No wonder everyone here looks ridiculously fit, if this is what they do for fun. Lots of stairs and crowds, but it's a really nice shady and woodsy area which is my ideal type of scenery. Hanging out at the top, enjoying the view, and checking out all the activities is super rewarding after the climb.

1 month ago

More of a workout than a hike but still super fun!

1 month ago

Did this in the rain and it was still so amazing! Challenging but worth it

1 month ago

I wouldn't call this one hard, it's a workout for the legs but I've seen tourists do it without proper footwear and wearing jeans. Overcrowded with tourists unless you get there at 6 am and they just increased the price for the gondola to $15 dollars so it costs $15 to come down.

hiking
1 month ago

Because it’s leg day.

hiking
1 month ago

Well that was insane... it was like a group CrossFit on steroids. Husband and I are in decent shape, but still had to stop several (like 10) times. It definitely felt like a rite of passage and we’re glad we checked that box. Harder than The Chief (but not harder than all 3 peaks of The Chief).

Love it and will do it again! Better then being in a gym on a stationary stair master. It is challenging, bring water and proper shoes.

1 month ago

This is really a workout/stairmaster hike. If you are not in decent shape or workout consistently you are going to be unhappy with this hike. It’s busy and used by locals for a quick workout in Mother Nature. If I want to workout and climb this is the hike. If I want to meander and slowly climb the mountain and enjoy all the beauty around me, this is not the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Well...not my kind of a HIKE. It is truely a cardio workout and makes you reach the top. But definitely not beautiful and a very nice experience. To crowded and to busy even on a monday morning. Hiked down the BCMC after checking out the very touristy mountain top was way more relaxing and beautiful as it is kept pretty natural without having "build-in" steps.

2 months ago

Trail parfaite pour entrainement.
Belle vue au top de la montagne

hiking
2 months ago

Great cardio workout 

2 months ago

Great trail for a workout on week days without the crowds!

3 months ago

Great hike, crowded but workable. Not as hard as most people think.

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