On the heels of Grouse Mountain Resort announcing its reopening, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks has now announced that the Grouse Grind trail will reopen to the public on the same day, Monday June, 22.
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In a release, Metro Vancouver notes that visitors “should be prepared for a different hiking experience” when visiting the popular North Vancouver destination, and they have laid out a number of guidelines: Here are some things you need to know before arriving at the trailhead:
- Stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms
- Keep a physical distance of at least two metres from others as much as possible
- Stay to the right when on the trail
- Pass on the left
- Cover coughs and sneezes
Skyride: Pre-booked reservation required
Those who use the Skyride to return to the trailhead must reserve a time in advance online.
Grouse Mountain Resort, which operates the Skyride, has additional guidelines, including mandatory facemasks and temperature checks for all passengers.
Alternative option: BCMC Route
The other option down is the BCMC Route – a steep, rough trail that takes a minimum of two hours. For this trip, you need good footwear with ankle support, water, a snack, and an extra layer should you need to stop.
Regional parks staff will be monitoring the situation and will take the necessary actions to protect public health and safety.