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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8 days ago

This was a tough one but rewarding for the view and activities at the top!

I'm a fairly novice hiker and I hiked this alone so I took my time and it took me 1h 24m. If you don't like stairs, you will hate this.

Make sure to stay for the free lumberjack show! It's pretty entertaining.

Note that you need to take the gondola down as there is no down-hiking.

I would do it again to see if I could beat my time.

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19 days ago

Great workout, good view at the top!

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20 days ago

Great cardio builder.

20 days ago

First date and it was amazing!

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1 month 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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