Metro Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail will open on Saturday, May 27, with regular open hours of 7 am to 7 pm daily.
“Most of the snow that remained on the trail has melted following recent hot weather, making conditions safe for us to reopen this popular route,” said John McEwen, Vice Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board and Chair of the Regional Parks Committee. “The opening of the Grouse Grind is highly anticipated each spring and we’re pleased that once again people will be able to enjoy this iconic Metro Vancouver trail.”
The Grouse Grind Trail is rated difficult due to its steepness. The trail starts at 300 metres elevation and climbs to 1,100 metres over a distance of approximately 2.5 kilometres.
Hikers are urged to be prepared in advance of taking on the challenge by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing, as well as bringing water, food, and a cellphone.
It’s important to be in good physical shape to tackle the trail and people with any health issues, like high blood pressure and heart problems, or breathing problems such as asthma, are advised not to attempt the steep climb.
“Dry conditions have made our regional parks even more susceptible to the risk of wildfires, so we urge all visitors to be vigilant — smoking is not permitted and any fires should be immediately reported to 9-1-1,” said McEwen. “In addition, hot weather can make this already challenging trail even more strenuous. Bring lots of water, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and take breaks along the trail as needed.”
A portion of the BCMC Route is closed for maintenance and upgrades on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and open on weekends. Work is expected to last until June 30.
Downhill hiking is not permitted on the Grouse Grind Trail — the Grouse Mountain Resort Skyride is the only downhill option during periods when the BCMC Route is closed for trail upgrades.