Hiking Grouse Grind Vancouver British Columbia

I love hiking and I’ve taken tons of photographs over the past few years from hikes have done throughout North America. I’m just beginning to create some hiking related posts, mostly because friends and patients have been asking about where I go to do my hikes, and what the trails are like. One of my first photo posts is of the Grouse Grind in Vancouver British Columbia.

The Grouse Grind is a 1.8 mile hike with a vertical rise of 2800 feet, that’s 2.9 km and a vertical rise of 933 m. It supposedly takes the average healthy individual up to one half hours to complete the hike, but you can be severely slowed down when the hike is crowded, typically during mid-day hours. There’s some beautiful stuff to see up top and you’ll get a nice comfortable ride back down the mountain on the sky ride.

Grouse Mountain Sky Ride

The Grouse Mountain Skyride (sky tram) will take you back down the mountain after completing the Grouse Grind. The grind is close to downhill travel, so unless you’re planning to hike back along the Baden Powell Trail, the sky ride is your best option for getting back to the main parking lot.

Grouse Grind Notice to HikersIf you are planning to hike Grouse Grind, be sure to stop and read the Notice to Hikers, and all other notices and warnings signs in the area. I saw several paramedics and emergency vehicles at the trailhead when I was hiking. Apparently, a person or persons had suffered some pretty serious injuries.

The sign reads… Notice to Hikers

Exclusion of Liability – Assumption of Risk – These Conditions Will Affect Your Legal Rights – Please Read Carefully!

The hiking trails on Grouse Mountain are located in steep and challenging wilderness terrain. Hikers using these trails assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, but not limited to: slippery, unstable and dangerous trail conditions; avalanches; rockfall; cliffs, gullies, ravines and waterfalls; rapidly changing weather conditions; over exertion, dehydration and exposure; encounters with domestic or wild animals; becoming lost or separated from the trail or one’s hiking companions; hiking after nightfall; negligence of other hikers; and negligence, breach of contract or breach of statuary duty of care on the part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Greater Vancouver Water District, and Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd.

As a condition of the use of these premises, all persons agree that the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Greater Vancouver Water District and Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. shall not be liable for any such personal injury, death or property loss and release the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Greater Vancouver Water District and Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. and their employees and agents and waive all claims with respect thereto.

Please observe all signage and comply with all trail closures. Hikers must stay on the trails to reduce the risk of injury, rockfall, trail erosion and becoming lost or disoriented. Information as to trail conditions is available from Grouse Mountain Guest Services.

The liability of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Greater Vancouver Water District and Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. is excluded by these conditions.

Canadian Grizzly Bear British Columbia

And don’t get eaten by a Canadian Grizzly Bear after you’ve reached the top of the Grouse Grind. Haha, I don’t know that there are any wild grizzlies in the area (there’s definitely plenty of black bear) but there is a bear habitat on Grouse Mountain. After you’ve completed your near 2 mile uphill hike, pay a visit to the bears and watch them frolic in the pool. They’re cute from behind the fence. Check out my Grouse Grind Hiking Post on planetc1.com.

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