Heads up, hikers!
If you’ve had enough downtime this winter and are itching to get up the side of a mountain, you’re in luck.
Metro Vancouver has announced via Twitter that the North Shore’s infamous Grouse Grind will be opening for the 2019 season.
Nature’s Stairmaster will be open on Friday, May 3 from 6:15 am to 6:30 pm.
Keep in mind though, although it may be warming up down here in the city, those planning to hit the trail could experience cooler conditions, especially near the top of the trail.
The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain. Hikers are challenged with remarkably difficult vertical, but rewarded with a breathtaking view of Vancouver at the peak.
Anyone who goes is 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.