The Grouse Grind trail is reopening to the public as of Monday, June 22.
As with many attractions that are reopening amidst the ongoing pandemic, visitors should expect added health and safety precautions.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks says that patrons “should be prepared for a different hiking experience” and have laid out a number of guidelines for the popular North Vancouver attraction.
For starters, visitors are asked to remain home if they have any cold or flu symptoms. Two-metre physical distancing should be enforced when possible and hikers should say right while on the trail, only using the left side to pass. And of course, be sure to cover any coughs or sneezes.
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One of the most important changes is that hikers who wish to take the Skyride down the mountain will need to reserve a time online in advance. Grouse Mountain Resort, which operates the Skyride, has additional guidelines, including mandatory face masks and temperature checks for all passengers.
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.
With files from Eric Zimmer