Lower Grouse Mountain

Vancouver, British Columbia

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As the population of Greater Vancouver has burgeoned, so have the trails on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain. This area was also an accessible source of trees for the lumber industry in the early years of last century, and it is covered in a multiplicity of old roads and skid trails. There are, therefore, an almost infinite number of permutations of possible trips. The most popular hike is the Grouse Grind, a kind of high-angle social club. Other trails are more difficult to describe because of the number of name changes and switches that have occurred. The trip described here takes the old BCMC Trail to the site of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club’s (BCMC) cabin. The start of this trail is now used as part of the Baden-Powell Trail. It then follows the Larsen Trail and some of the new BCMC Trail to the Grouse Chalet. The descent takes the new BCMC Trail down to the Grind, then the Baden-Powell Trail back to your start.
103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia

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103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia

by Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree (Greystone Books)

As the population of Greater Vancouver has burgeoned, so have the trails on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain. This area was also an accessible source of trees for the lumber industry in the early years of last century, and it is covered in a multiplicity of old roads and skid trails. There are, therefore, an almost infinite number of permutations of possible trips.

The most popular hike is the Grouse Grind, a kind of high-angle social club. Other trails are more difficult to describe because of the number of name changes and switches that have occurred. The trip described here takes the old BCMC Trail to the site of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club’s (BCMC) cabin. The start of this trail is now used as part of the Baden-Powell Trail. It then follows the Larsen Trail and some of the new BCMC Trail to the Grouse Chalet. The descent takes the new BCMC Trail down to the Grind, then the Baden-Powell Trail back to your start.

©  Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vancouver
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 2,240 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best April to November
Local Maps: 92G/06 North Vancouver
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Grouse Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2009
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The "Grouse Grind" is a very popular trail and can be extremely busy over the weekends. The trail itself is very easy to follow - it ascends Grouse mountain getting steeper and steeper as you progress through. There are wooden steps for majority of the climb. Depending on your pace, it can take from 1 hour to 4 hours. It's not a trail for those with knee problems. The wooden steps can be quite high as you progress upwards and can put a lot of stress on the knees. It's definitely worth it for the view at the very end though. Beautiful views of Vancouver from the top. There is also a lodge area with a restaurant, a small theater and a gift store. For the way down, you can either take the gondola back (tickets can be bought at the lodge) or take the trail back down again. I only gave it 3 stars because weekday or weekend, it has quite a bit of foot traffic.



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