Beginning this Thursday, November 1, hikers planning to head up the Grouse Grind should be aware that any mountain services they’re expecting to find once they reach the top won’t be available.
That’s because until November 12, all mountaintop facilities, including restrooms and food service, will be closed, along with the Skyride gondola, which many hikers use to get back down.
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During this time, the only way down the mountain will be via the BCMC Route, which, according to Metro Vancouver, adds an extra two hours of hiking time.
Descending the Grouse Grind Trail is always prohibited.
Due to the shorter daylight hours, and to allow enough time for the return trip, the Grouse Grind Trail gate will close at 1 pm daily from November 1 to 12.
According to the resort, the closure will “allow for major maintenance and winter preparation projects to be completed at a time of year when the mountain traditionally experiences lower traffic.”
And while service up top will be closed, Grouse Mountain’s Guest Services and Essentials, as well as the Starbucks at the base plaza will remain open.
Grouse, along with the two other North Shore mountains, Cypress and Seymour, typically opens to the public for skiing and riding in early-December.
More information on the Grouse Grind Trail or Grouse Mountain Regional Park can be found on Metro Vancouver’s website.
With the closures in place, those still planning to head up the mountain are advised to properly prepare for the trip, including having everything they need to be self-sufficient.
Information on the resort’s seasonal closure can also be found online.
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