The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km (somewhat vertical) hike up the trail. Although it is quite shaded from the sun, most people like hiking up there before work (i.e.6-7AM or after work) when the air is a bit more cooled. It is a popular place for locals (to do some natural stair masters) as well as tourists.
Transit: Most people choose to drive up to Grouse Mountain by taking HWY BC-99 N, going pass Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge and to Capilano Rd. However, it is easily accessible through public transit by taking the sea bus from Waterfront Station and then taking 236 bus to Ground Mountain. The end point is the parking lot.
There is a Starbucks at the base but it is ill-advise to drink a coffee and eat a breakfast before hiking (made the mistake of doing that the second time on this trail .. ended up feeling extremely sick at the 1/4 mark of the hike).
The view basically looks like this much of the way. There will be lots of people and pets passing you along the way if you’re a slow mover like me. Most men finish within an hour, some even within 30-45 minutes. It’s pretty average for a women to finish around the 1.5 hour mark (apparently).
Due to the wider base, it feels longer to get to the first half way mark than it is from there to the end.
Definitely, not a very scenic hike but at least it is free (kind of) and there are lots of fresh air available!
Another reason to go around dawn and dust is that there are fewer people … there can be traffic jams during the weekends, especially in narrower areas.
Arrived at the end of the hike! There’s a huge cafeteria at the top .. usually populated by skiers during winter time but hikers during spring and summer.
There are also some activities like lumber jack shows, bird shows, as well as activities like paragliding and ziplining (activities guide: https://www.grousemountain.com/bears/book-breakfast#activities-guide)
We went after work, so there wasn’t any activities going on and since we’re on the mountain, it was quite chilly. Therefore, we just took the first available gondola down.
The gondola used to be $5 but now it is $10 and it fits 100 people at one time. However, it is extremely packed, and most of the people just hiked up the mountain, some still sweating and if you’re short, it’s a tough way to get the mountain. However, it’s not advisable to walk down the mountain (although some people do).
Some people wait for the sun to set before leaving but we saw it on our way down!
We ended the day with … sushi!
A weekday outing.