The Grouse Grind may have re-opened to the public this morning, but those looking to give Mother Nature’s Stairmaster a go this month have a limited window in which to do so.
While recent rain and warm temperatures have melted almost all the snow on the trail, Metro Vancouver Parks is reminding people that as of May 22, the Grind will once again be closed for about three weeks for annual safety maintenance.
In the meantime, gates to the Grind open at 6:15 am, and the last trail entry is at 6 pm.
The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain and hikers are reminded that the trail is only to be used for ascents.
Descents are prohibited for safety reasons, due to the high number of hikers ascending the trail and the impact on the trail’s conditions, and can only be made using the Grouse Mountain aerial tram for $15.
About 150,000 people use the trail every year; most hikers take an average of 90 minutes to complete the gruelling workout.
Although the Grouse Grind ends at Grouse Mountain Resort, the trail is maintained and operated by the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.