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Friday, August 11, 2017

Vancouver Travel—Climbing Grouse Grind Trail to the Peak of Vancouver

The Grouse Grind outstanding is a 2.9-kilometre (or 1.8 miles) trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” which has 2,830 stairs in total. As official site warns:
This trail is very challenging and not for the average hiker (note that the later part is my comment)
On average, it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. But, for the first timer, two hours is recommended. The hiking is one way (i.e., downhill travel prohibited) and almost non-stop because you can be bitten by mosquitoes if you stand still or sit down. Finally, try to carry a backpack as light as possible or you could regret.


How to Reach the Trailhead


For most locals, they drive to the parking lot at the base of mountain. However, for a traveler like me, I have taken public transit system to there:
  • Taking Canada Line Skytrain to the Waterfront Station
  • Transferring to Seabus from Waterfront to Lonsdale Quay
  • Transferring to Bus 236
  • Walking across the main road from the bus stop to the trailhead (see the photo above; note that the gate was closed in the picture; however, it will be opened if the trail is open)
Note that I have bought a DayPass Ticket (i.e., Paper Compass Card) for the above transportation, which costs 10 CAD on that day. On the way down, I have spent 10 CAD for the cable tramway ride and, then, have taken free shuttle bus back to Canada Place.

Photos


Below photos were taken in early morning on 07/26/2017 (temperature: 26°C). On the trail, there are sign posts showing¼, ½, ¾ distance (see the middle photo). If you reach the peak of Grouse Mountain, you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of Vancouver at distance (see the last photo)










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