This is no walk in the park…
The Grouse Grind either fills the local Vancourites with fear, or with a sense of challenge.
The Grueling Grind is a popular hire which takes you up a well-constructed path from the bottom to the top of Grouse Mountain. So why’s it called the Grouse Grind…? Just kidding.
This hike requires a base level of fitness and is not to be taken lightly. Once you start you can’t turn back. Vancouver Trails rates this hike as difficult.
- 2830 steps to the top of the mountain
- 2.9km ascent with an elevation gain of 853 meters
- Average time is 1.5 hours but the record is 23 mins 48 seconds! I aim for 1 hour.
Good to know
Pack plenty of water and make sure you’ve eaten before you go. There is a Starbucks at the bottom of the mountain so you can stock up there.
Hiking shoes or trainers are a must and active wear is recommended. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people I’ve seen attempting this in their jeans and flip flops!
The trail gets busy so if early mornings are the best time to avoid the crowds.
You can’t come down the Grind. This is mostly for your safety and the safety of others. The path isn’t big enough for two way traffic. You come down the mountain in the gondola which costs $10 and the ticket can be purchased at the top of the mountain.
There are no bathrooms on the Grind so take advantage of the facilities at the bottom of the mountain.
The trail is marked with quarter marks, and the 3rd quarter is the steepest and most challenging.
What’s at the top?
Actually quite a lot!
If you’ve never been the top of the mountain is an experience in itself.
On a clear day the view of Vancouver and beyond is unbeatable.
There are a couple of rescue bears, a great bird show, and a hilarious lumberjack show which is great for kids but has a few grown-up jokes in there too…
There a also three restaurants and a cafe ranging from pizza and hotdogs, to fine dining, and everything in between.
Full details can be found here.
During the summer season you are able to catch a free bus from Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver directly to the base of the mountain. Check the website for the schedule.
If you’re driving it’s only a short 30 minute drive from downtown and there is plenty of paid parking available.
If you feel like eating something healthy after your Grind there are a few options.
Lupins, the self service restaurant (picture school canteen) has a kale salad, though I usually find it a little dry.
Altitude Bistro is cozy restaurant with a great view. They do a lovely Grouse Grind salad (beets, quinoa, arugula) and you can add on your protein.
I hope you enjoy it! Post your time or feedback below.