The Grouse Grind is one of the activities that makes Vancouverites, Vancouverites. If you have never done it before now is the season to get out there and try it… and fit in with everyone else while they compare their Grind times (I think shaving 10 minutes off your actual time may be the norm).
Park at the base of Grouse Mountain and look for the trail head by the East parking lot. This is not an afternoon stroll. I’ve seen people in Jeans, flip flops, carrying cameras, tripods, coolers, 3 year olds… don’t be one of those people! This is a 45 min to 2 hour stairclimber from hell. The beauty of this climb is once you’ve started you would feel defeated turning around so you just keep going.
At the top I like to reward myself with nachos and beer and defeat the purpose of the hike. There are also other activities at the top… check out http://www.grousemountain.com/ for all the details.
Some people do hike down, but most save their knees and pay the $10 to get the download ticket and ride the tram.
See you on the trail!
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