The Grouse Grind is opening May 17th for the 2014 summer season. It opens at 6:15am and closes at 7:30 pm.
Almost everyday (yes everyday), NSR assists or rescue’s people from The Grind. Give us a hand by following the tips below, and passing them around to your friends.
- Even though this is a popular hike – you are still entering the wilderness so be prepared.
- Ensure you are aware of what you are getting yourself into – this is not a walk in the park – it is extremely steep gaining 1000m elevation in just 3km. Aka its very very steep!!
- Wear appropriate footwear – hiking shoes or good runners.
- Bring a flashlight – this is the number one reason why people need rescue.
- Always let someone know that you are going on a hike and expected return time, especially if you are going alone.
- Leave enough time to complete the hike – it can take anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours depending on your fitness level.
- Bring a cell phone with a fully charged battery.
- Check the weather and dress appropriately – if its 7 degrees in the parking lot – its freezing on top, and it could snow or sleet.
- Bring some cash for the ride down – you are not permitted to hike down The Grind. $10 download fee plus you will probably want a beer and a burger (or at least I do when I get to the top).
- Stay on trail – there are some forks at the beginning of the trail and its easy to get onto the wrong trail. We rescue many people who get stuck on the Baden Powell trail.
- Bring at least 1 litre of water.
- Bring some food if you are not used to doing this hike regularly.
- Did I mention…bring a flashlight?? And no your cell phone doesn’t count. You can buy very small compact LED flashlights these days that only weigh a few grams.
Have fun, and see you on the trail!
Opening and closing times can be found on the Metro Vancouver website – http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/grousegrind/Pages/default.aspx