Grouse Grind Trail

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Grouse Grind Trail is a 3.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features a river 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 September.

Distance: 3.5 km Elevation Gain: 793 m Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

running

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.

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icy
snow
8 days ago

hiking
snow
14 days ago

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

hiking
fee
28 days 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
1 month ago

Foggy today - a great workout

hiking
closed
1 month 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
1 month ago

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month 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!

hiking
2 months ago

my first real experiance at hiking and I LOVED it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

It is hard, but once you get to the top, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Take it easy on the first quarter because it’s the easiest but the longest. The hardest part for me on the grind was the second quarter to the third quarter. It is a really good workout. Well, now I’m glad I did it. Highly recommend! The view at the top of the mountain is also really nice :)

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great workout, well maintained. Muddy for the last section.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A lot harder than expected but you feeling great after a tough workout - be aware that if it’s raining you have to pay to take the gondola down cause they close the ‘down’ trail

hiking
2 months ago

Myself and a friend did this a couple of weeks ago. We don’t have much experience hiking but would consider ourselves fairly fit. We completed it in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trail is tough because it is pretty much all steps rather than path. I can see why people would say it’s boring on route as it is literally steps without any sort of decent view to see (until the top!). However if like us, you go in with the mentality that it is a challenge then you should enjoy it and if you’re lucky enough to get a clear view at the top, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts!

hiking
2 months ago

We had to stop every 400m

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Not as hard as everyone makes it out to be!

rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I do like a challenge and it was a decent challenge. Ended up hiking BCMC on way down I think I would have preferred hiking up the BCMC trail instead as it is not so human made more natural just watch the wet wood it can really miss up ones knees.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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bridge out
2 months ago

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