Grouse Grind, North Vancouver

Thick fog is common on the famous North Shore hiking trail, the Grouse Grind located on Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver. Most days clouds gather at the top of the mountain making visibility difficult, however, the fog usually clears on sunny days. Work being done on the Grouse Grind to improve the trail has led to intricate rock and wood stairways throughout the path in an attempt to prevent injuries that occur due to the use of the trail. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Grouse Grind can be done in all types of weather including fog which gives the trails an ethereal appearance.

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Type:

Hike

Season:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Weather:

Rain, Overcast, Sunny, Fog

Time:

2 hours

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Drink, Snack, Hiking Boots

As the last of the snow melts at the Peak of Grouse Mountain, the hiking season begins. With the opening of the Grouse Grind, the mountain's premier hiking trail, heralds the beginning of Spring for fitness enthusiasts worldwide. This popular upwards hike leads visitors from the base of the mountain to its peak, a tiring journey, but for those competitive spirits, a good way to push endurance to the max. The Grouse Grind is a worthwhile experience for most fitness levels - children and adults both attempt the climb which is a great activity in the summer months.

This popular hike is the most famous on the North Shore. The laborious 2.9 kilometre (1.8 miles) climb to the top is lauded by many as an excellent workout as a popular weekend and evening climb.

The trek is attempted by people of all fitness levels, to those who run nimbly up the slopes, to those who hike the entire distance. Be aware that the climb can be deceiving. Posted signs at three points mark the quarter, half and three quarters way of the journey. These signs are based on altitude climbed not distance so the first sign is much further along the trail then the others. As the trail becomes steeper, the distance to the signs becomes much shorter, so if you are a first time climber, don't despair.

With few places to stop and dozens of people at different paces, many endurance levels are stretched to the max with the rugged terrain and steep thirty degree climb. The rock and wooden stair construction of the path can be precarious at times and many have been injured on this slope, however, for the well equipped and careful it is an amazing and exhilarating experience. The added bonus of paying a fraction for the trip down on the Grouse Mountain Gondola is another perk enjoyed by those who make the grueling climb.

Grouse Mountain was a popular place for hikers and mountaineering enthusiasts in the 1920s and 1930s. The Grouse Grind used today was developed in 1981 by mountaineers looking for a way to keep challenged in the local region with a more strenuous climb without having to trek out large distances; many mountaineers used the steeper animal paths on the sides of the mountain, creating the very foundation of the trail used today. In the 1990s, the trail was renamed the Grouse Grind, otherwise referred to as 'Mother Natures Stairmaster'.

It is estimated that over 100,000 people tackle the Grind on a yearly basis from when it opens in spring to when it closes in the late fall [trail status]. On average it is about an hour and a half journey up the mountain, it is important to be well equipped for all situations such as adverse weather (dressed appropriately) as well to stay hydrated during the climb.

Hikers can time themselves from the stone start point at the bottom to its duplicate at the top and log in their times in the visitors centre. Official records are clocked in the annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run where the shortest time is logged is at 24:22, a record set and unbroken since 2004.

As Vancouver's most famous athletic attraction, the Grouse Grind is an experience unlike any other, people of all ages and fitness ability can be found on these slopes to at least have the right to say (or purchase the t-shirt in the tourist shop): 'I Survived the Grouse Grind'!

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There are two Grouse Grind Timers, one at the bottom and one at the top of this arduous hike to help keep track of the time taken to get to the top of Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, British Columbia is composed of hundreds of steps from its star point at the base of the mountain to its summit. These long line of steps has led to the Grind's nickname as Mother Natures' Stair Master, challenging hikers from around the World.
The Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, British Columbia has one main path leading from the mountain's base to its top - curious hikers can find the narrow side paths which lead to small cleared areas along the hillside with fantastic views of the surrounding landscape and the Gondola's ferrying people up and down the Mountain.
With snow on the ground until June, hikers climbing the Grouse Grind meet snow after the 3/4 mark and at its summit at the end of the Grind. Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia opens this famed hike depending on the conditions of the trail - it is always advised to check conditions before any hike.


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The entrance to the Grind is off the main entrance and is clearly marked. The trail is not open in the winter and is not open until deemed safe.
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