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Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain

Slippery Going up Grouse Grind at Grouse MountainThe Grind is a trail that ascends Grouse Mountain , which is sometimes referred to as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster." While it doesn't sound like a long hike, 2.9km, it's steep! It rises over 850 meters (2,800 feet).

The average time it takes to ascend the natural staircase is 1 hour and 30 minutes, so be prepared with water.


At the top of Grouse Grind

There are several places to rest your weary legs on top of Grouse Mountain. One is Altitudes Bistro. It offers a great view of what you just accomplished and the city beneath, as well as a range of food to replenish your energy level. What are the others... The Observatory Fine Dinning Restaurant, Lupins Café, Grouse Grind Coffee Bar and the Rusty Rail.

Best time to do the Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain

To be enjoyed best on a clear day, however the hike up Grouse Grind is covered by a canopy of trees and can be enjoyed in most weather, except when snow & ice cover the mountaintop

Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain Contact

6400 Nancy Greene Way; (604) 984-0661

Directions to the Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain

From Vancouver, take the SeaBus to North Vancouver. You will arrive at Lonsdale Quay and the bus loop. Hop onto Bus #236 to the foot of Grouse Mountain.

You will arrive at the lower Grouse Mountain parking lot. Follow the signs to "The Grind". It's to the east of the Gondola. You will find the entrance behind a chain-link fence.

Coming down Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain

Once you are ready to head back down, you have two options. You can return down the Grind the way you came, or enjoy a three-minute descent via the Gondola. You can buy a one-way return-to-earth Gondola ticket in the Crows Nest

Review of Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain

For the best view in Vancouver it must be the panorama from the top of Grouse Mountain. From this spot in Canada glistening skyscrapers are dwarfed by coastal mountains, and sailing boats stand out as white dots against the blue of the ocean.

Getting to see this view, however, can take a bit of an effort. Yes, there’s an easy route up the mountain: just take the gondola that lifts you high above the trees. But If you fancy a challenge there’s always the 2,830-step trail up the mountain’s southern face.

The Grouse Grind – also known as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster – is a well-worn hiking trail that is equally popular with visitors and with locals, who pop in for a quick “grind” on the way home from work. The wooden steps are packed with people of all ages, some hoping to beat their previous times, others just praying they reach the top.

It’s a punishing ascent, the worst point being the quarter-way mark, which tells you, somewhat unhelpfully, that the remainder of the trail is extremely steep and treacherous.

But if you get into a steady rhythm and pretend not to notice the people who are coming down after abandoning their attempts, then you’ll be rewarded not only with a magnificent view but also with the most welcome cold beer of your life.

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