Nature's stairmaster

Grouse Mountain Travel Blog

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View from the top of the Gondola
This past weekend was a long weekend here in Canada - yay for celebrating British monarchies! I took advantage by enjoying the beautiful weather on Sunday and doing the Grouse Grind. They say it's Nature's stairmaster and they don't call it the Grind for nothing! It's a 3km hike but gains about 2800 feet in that time. I was catching up with a friend of mine while doing this hike. We were talking away, but eventually... we were too busy trying to breathe!

The trail is still officially closed, but thousands came out this past weekend and continue to come out every day and hike around the locked gate and rejoin the trail after going around the fence. It should be officially opened in 7-10 days but for now, the trail is clear of snow, although a bit wet from melting snow near the top. At the top of the mountain there are a few other activities to do, or you can relax outside, grab a coffee or some food and enjoy your latest accomplishment!

You can hike back down the trail for free (though the cost is paid in your knees!) or you can take the gondola down the mountain for $5 one way.
At the top of the Grouse Grind
It's a nice way to see the valley from above. If you plan to become a grind junkie, you can get an annual membership for $90, which covers all your downloads on the gondola (you'd have to go at least 18 times for it to be worth it), as well as several other savings on rentals and other perks.

A great day summer day trip to do the Grind is to take public transport from downtown Vancouver. Take a bus or skytrain to Waterfront Station, where you take the Seabus across the water to Lonsdale Quay in North Van. There a Granville Island-esque market where you can walk around, get something to eat or sit outside and listen to buskers. The bus depot is right beside the market, so when you're ready, take the bus to Grouse Mountain. It's a 10-15 minute ride and goes right past the Capilano Suspension Bridge if you'd like to do that also.
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View from the top of the Gondola
View from the top of the Gondola
At the top of the Grouse Grind
At the top of the Grouse Grind
Grouse Mountain
photo by: silan