Grouse Grind is now open for the season
The Grouse Grind trail takes you up steep and rugged terrain from the North Vancouver plateau to the glorious Grouse Mountain peak. The Grouse Grind is a near vertical 2.9km (1.8 mile) hike up the mountain, offering an intense workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet. You can understand why “The Grind” is a favourite spot for locals to improve their fitness level in a hurry.
On average, you can expect the climb to take up to an hour and a half to complete, depending on your fitness level, novice hikers should allow up to two hours. You’ll want to bring some money and water along, and maybe a dry shirt to change into after the hike.
As you climb the Grouse Grind you will notice signs marking your progress. For first-timer Grind hikers the 1/4 marker can be quite discouraging, as you may not be sure you are going to make it. Don’t worry, just keep on going at a slow, steady pace. You’ll feel much better when you see the 1/2 and 3/4 way markers!
Once you reach the top of the Grind, head toward the Grouse Mountain Chalet and up the stairs. Inside you can purchase your ticket ($10) for the Gondola ride down the mountain. You are welcome to stay and enjoy the many activities and attractions on Grouse Mountain. There are several places where you can cool off and get some snacks and refreshments.
Downhill hiking is not permitted on the Grind due to rock fall concerns, trail damage and congestion issues on narrow sections of the trail.
For more info on trail hours and closures visit www.metrovancouver.org.
The lower parking lot (Lot D) for the Grouse Grind now has parking meters. The fee is $2 for 3 hours and $4 for the day.
Make sure that you are prepared before you attempt to hike the Grouse Grind. Although this seems like a short hike, the terrain is steep and rugged. Be sure to wear proper footwear, take lots of water and your cell phone. Please do not attempt to hike this trail when it is closed for the season.
Getting to Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, located in the District of North Vancouver. For guest services and central reservations call: (604) 980-9311.
Follow Georgia Street through Stanley Park and across the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Take the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive, then left up Capilano Road for 5 km (3.1 miles). Or, from the Ironworkers’ Memorial Second Narrows Bridge, follow Highway #1 westbound to Capilano Road Exit North.
The public transit system offers regular service to the base of Grouse Mountain every half hour. Catch Bus 232 from Phibbs Exchange or Bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. For more schedules and info visit the TransLink website.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC
During the winter season you can try the Snowshoe Grind at the top of Grouse Mountain.
Grouse Grind Facts:
- Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
- Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
- Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
- Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
- Total Stairs: 2,830
- Statistics: Annually, over 200,000 people hike the trail.
- Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.
- Season: June – September (depending on conditions)