Grouse Grind Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,588 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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nature trips

running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

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.

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rocky
snow
13 days ago

This is not a hike. It is a fitness test or cardio workout. It's very challenging but I always feel rewarded at the top! Love/hate relationship with the grind. Would recommend this to those who want to test their fitness and challenge themselves. Went on May 16 and there's snow and lots of water running down the steps, first time I've ever seen it with snow up top.

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17 days ago

I hike quite a lot and thought I was in good shape. Until I attempted this trail. Had to turn back midway! So brutal. I’ve also lived in the low country (Savannah) for the past 10 years so I’ll blame it partially on altitude issues. Whew, this one felt like punishment, but kudos to those who can do it!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Stairs, stairs, stairs. This one was quite literally a grind haha. Time: 56:29

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2 months ago

Great trail. Would not recommend unless you have experience with intermediate and high cardiac levelled trails. At one point it does become quite steep and about half way when the altitude changes, you may feel a bit nauseous. Nothing to worry about as it is nothing bad, just make sure to bring lots of water and snacks. Not suited for small children but we have a 6 year old who did it in 2 hours and was very enthusiastic. Our eleven year old does it regularly with her dad in about a little bit over an hour and finds it awesome. At the top, there are some great cafes and nice snacks and activities for after the hike. You will need good hiking shoes and a steady mind. At about a quarter through, there is a sign warning you that after that point, it is too dangerous to go back down so just be aware that you must be prepared. 5/5 would recommend.

2 months ago

It is very difficult.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun and challenging hike. Only do this if you are up for a cardiac workout.

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4 months ago

Steep but short (almost everyone can do it in 2 hrs, super fit in 45 min ). Great trail for athletic kids as it is short. Most of the hike is in the forest, lots of people on trail always. Obviously CLOSED in the winter. At the top lots to do in the spring and summer: bird show, logger’s show, restaurant, and the resident bears (behind fences). You do have to pay to take the gondola down. Beautiful views on the gondola ride. Do not attempt hiking down-other hikers will get angry as you will be ruining the trail ( stone slide etc). Bring lots of water and a dry shirt to change into. Trail is too busy for wildlife. However at the top you can view whiskey jacks, and the occasional wild bear etc.

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5 months ago

Very challenging uphill trail and very crowded track with too small reward (the view) at the end. The sky felt foggy and unclear (maybe air pollution) And to get down you have to purchase ticket for the gondola. They don’t allow you to go downhill as it’s dangerous. Good cardio though. Wouldn’t do it again because there aren’t nice views to enjoy the whole trail, it’s all inside the forest. Bring lots of water.

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rocky
5 months ago

Für komplett untrainierte Wanderer ist zu sagen: nicht an den Richtwert glauben, welcher angibt in was für einer Zeit man es schafft den Berg hoch zukommen. Aber es lohnt sich. Ein schöner Weg und ein schöner Einstieg in die Touren wenn man in die Nationalparks reist.

hiking
5 months ago

Very exhausting

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icy
snow
5 months ago

Need spikes for your hiking boots, sloppy at half way mark.

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snow
5 months ago

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icy
snow
5 months ago

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snow
6 months ago

Unbelievably challenging course that is the pinnacle of trails. Amazing.

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fee
6 months ago

Heavily trafficked. Good if solo. This is stairs all the way up. Few large steps. Trail has netting so seems pretty safe if you have kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Foggy today - a great workout

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closed
6 months ago

The skyride is closed until the Nov. 8th, but you can still get down through BCMC. The good thing for this closures is that the trail is less crowded.

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rocky
7 months ago

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This trail is a WORKOUT! Get ready to sweat and make sure you bring plenty of water and good shoes. It is uphill all the way!

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