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The Grouse Grind

The Grind is Vancouver’s most popular hike with 2830 steps and an average 56% slope.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  The Grouse Grind (or as it is know around Vancouver simply, “The Grind”) was first developed in 1981 and has become Vancouver’s most... more »

Tips:  - Bring lots of water
- Start early or on weekdays to avoid the crowds
- Take the Skyride down the mountain to save your knees

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Points of Interest

1. Grouse Grind Trail Head

The trail head is at the base of Grouse mountain and is at the end of Capilano road in North Vancouver. There is ample parking near the trail head and buses run all the way to the hikes starting point (if using Google maps find directions to Grouse Mountain Skyride). To find the trail, look for the Grouse Grind sign just east of the Skyride (If ... More

2. Grouse Grind Baden Powel Trail Fork

The Baden-Powel trail is a well maintained 42 km trail across the Vancouver’s north shore mountains. Follow the fork left to stay on the grouse grind.

3. 1/4 Way Sign

Each quarterly milestone is marked for hikers reference with large blue signs. This is a good place to take a first break and replenish the fluids.

4. 1/2 Way Sign

Half way there now. The second half of the Grouse Grind is steeper than the first but by now you will be in the groove of stair climbing so I find the second half “seems” to pass quicker than the first.

5. 3/4 Way Sign

Three quarters of the way, almost there now ...

6. Grouse Grind Finish

The Grind finishes at the Grouse Peak Chalet where drinks and food are available for purchase. There are also a number of tourist attractions at the top of the mountain including:
- Wildlife Refuge with two grizzly bears
- Lumberjack shows
- Eye of the wind
- Animal wood carvings
- Mountain zip lines
- Skyride down the mountain


The two main routes down Grouse mountain are the Skyride and the British Columbia Mountaineering Club (BCMC) trail. The BCMC trail head can be found by following the treeline right from the end of the grind and looking for a red warning sign. The BCMC is slightly flatter and less busy than the Grind but still hard on the knees so make sure to... More