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
760 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.

1 month ago

Difficult straight up trail. Challenging but getting more difficult as it keeps getting busier every tourist season. Upside is store/restaurant at top and you can treat yourself to a latte at Starbucks when done!

hiking
2 months ago

I have a love hate relationship with this hike. It is a relentless climb. From the first stair there is no level or down hill sections. 2.5kms of pure leg torture with 2650ft of elevation gain. Choose this hike if you are looking for an intense workout and not so much about the views along the way. It’s a VERY busy trail too so be ready to hike with lots of company.

hiking
2 months ago

Found this quite boring and the view not worth the effort. Go to Seymour, Quarry Rock or Cypress for better hikes nearby.

2 months ago

Great workout, started snowing towards the top, beautiful workout and a jolly time to have some hot cocoa and poutine fries as a reward :)

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging

hiking
3 months ago

Good climb! More difficult in the rain and wind. Be prepared to return back down or the BCM trail if lift is closed.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely hard but the feeling of accomplishment and the view at the top is worth it! It's a lovely change getting to explore Grouse Mountain when it's not covered in snow. However, be aware that there were a lot of mosquitoes at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

This was my first trail ever, it was hard, took me 2:45 to complete, but the average for others seems to be around 1.5 to 2 hours. it was worth it.

I loved it, I loved it!!!
Hard but not impossible, just pace yourself, bring lots of water, a few pieces of chocolate too and just keep on going, steadily. A good challenge, this trail is very well marked, and a good leg workout and at the end of it, the views are so rewarding. Treat yourself with a beer on the patio and don't forget to visit the bears. I will most definitely do this again.

hiking
3 months ago

Would have given this one a 3.5 or 4 but what a bummer you can't take dogs. Stairs are high, view is good and you've got to do this hike at least once in your life, but it's busy and there's a lot of hype - there are so many great hikes in BC I wouldn't call this one my favourite.

3 months ago

Good workout for legs! Very busy on weekend
I returned down by BCMC, watch for the markers it’s easy to lost the trail (been there..)
Nice view of city and Capilano river at the top (if you walk further)

3 months ago

Amazing trail .

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

Great workout, good view at the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Great cardio builder.

4 months ago

First date and it was amazing!

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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 eye 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.

5 months ago

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
5 months 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.

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