GROUSE GRIND | VANCOUVER, bRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Grouse Grind Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Map: https://www.grousemountain.com/grousegrind Know Before You Go: Grouse Grind is a one-way hike or run — straight up. You must buy a one-way ticket to return to the parking lot. There is not water along the trail. Length: 1.8 miles. Time: 45 minutes to 2 hours or more. Difficulty: Extremely difficult. Terrain: 2,830 stairs up 3,700 feet. Dog-friendly: No. Kid-friendly: Not really, unless your child(ren) is/are in very good shape.
The stairs on the Grouse Grind are crumbling in places.
The Grouse Grind is a Canadian legend, and a must-do for any hiker or runner looking for a challenge in Western British Columbia. 150,000 people take the challenge each year, taking grueling step after grueling step up 3,700 feet - and 2,830 stairs - to the summit of Grouse Mountain.
This was one of the most challenging trail runs I’ve ever completed. I resolved to run the entire thing as I wanted to see how quickly I could do it. I finished in 44 minutes, and could barely walk the next day!
If you’d like to compare your time to others, you can get a Grind Timer card to swipe at the base and the summit.
Hikers first undertook Grouse Grind in 1894 when a hunter shot a blue grouse bird and named Grouse Mountain in the bird’s honor. The mountain became popular in the 1920s and 30s, which several thousand people taking the challenge.
Today’s Grouse Grind was first built in 1981 by mountaineers who wanted to train for longer hikes. Steep stone steps leading up the mountain through a beautiful forest are enough of a challenge. Foot traffic adds to the difficulty.
You’ll find a restaurant, a zip line, a ropes course, ski lift, and other entertainment at the top of the mountain. All of it comes with a terrific view of the mountains outside of Vancouver.