Grouse Grind Trail is part of Grouse Mountain Regional Park
The Grouse Grind Trail has been part of Grouse Mountain Regional Park since May 2017.
Located on the southern slope of Grouse Mountain, the new regional park covers 75 hectares of mature forest and mountain streams. In addition to the Grouse Grind Trail, the park also includes the BCMC Trail and part of the Baden-Powell Trail.
The park protects important wildlife habitat for a variety of species including black bear, cougar, barred owl, black-tailed deer and northern red-legged frog.
For more information please go to
Grouse Mountain Regional Park page
The Grouse Grind Trail is located in North Vancouver, BC. It is a very steep trail that starts at 300 metres elevation and climbs to 1,100 metres over a distance of approximately 2.5 kilometres.
The hike is rated difficult because of its steepness. You need to be in good physical shape to tackle the trail. It is not a walk in the park. There are no flat sections – it is straight up.
If you have any health issues, e.g. high blood pressure, heart problems or breathing problems such as asthma, the Grouse Grind Trail is not for you.
How long it will take you to hike the trail depends on your fitness level. Two to 2.5 hours is the average for those with a good level of fitness.
Wear clothing appropriate to the weather
Temperatures at top can be 10 degrees cooler than at bottom.
Even in cool temperatures, your body needs fluids.
Bring a snack
e.g. an energy-rich snack such as nuts or dried fruit
Bring a headlamp or flashlight
Darkness comes quickly this time of year, especially in the forest.
Bring a cell phone
Leave enough time to finish your hike before it gets dark.
Weather and trail conditions can be extremely variable. Warmer temperatures at the base can change to snow and freezing temperatures near the top.
Heavy rainfall or high winds can close the trail for short periods. And each year, a winter closure typically takes place when conditions are considered too hazardous for trail use. As well, in spring, the trail is closed for maintenance to remove hazardous debris that has accumulated over the winter months.
BC AdventureSmart has produced a video with some tips on safely hiking the Grouse Grind Trail. You can view it here.
Trail Use Reminders:
- No littering, pack out what you pack in.
- Downhill hiking is NOT permitted due to rock fall concerns, trail damage and congestion issues on narrow sections of the trail. (You can return either via the Grouse Mountain Resort gondola (a fee is charged) or the BCMC Route (2.9 km, about 2 hours to descend)
- Dogs are not permitted on the Grouse Grind due to similar issues as downhill hiking as well as potential conflicts with wildlife.
- There are no toilet facilities on the Grouse Grind trail.
Grouse Grind Waiver