5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

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There are many people in Vancouver who love the iconic Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain. Okay, “love” may be too strong of a word. More like, hate every minute of it until you get to the top and feel EXCELLENT.

But, in the wintertime when the Grouse Grind shuts down due to snow/ice, people start to get a little bit of an itch for an extreme weekly work out. Luckily, Grouse Mountain introduced the  Snowshoe Grind – a challenging trail that is similar to summertime Grind times.

The Snowshoe Grind is a 4.3km trail of uphill grinding to the top of Dam Mountain. It usually takes about an hour to complete and is a great way to get into the snowy, mountain environment.

So, if you haven’t tried it out yet, or you’re just looking for a good reason to get your sweat on, I present you 5 reasons to tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind every weekend!

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5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

Suffering from Grouse Grind Withdrawal? 500 Reasons to set your sights on Burnaby Mountain

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Every year, loyal “grinders” experience a sense of loss when Mother Nature’s Stairmaster closes for the season. Without question, the Grouse Grind is a test of strength and endurance and one of Vancouver’s most popular hikes. However, winter’s unpredictable and changing mountain conditions mean seasonal trail closures which leave outdoor fitness fans looking for their next work-out.

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Suffering from Grouse Grind Withdrawal? 500 Reasons to set your sights on Burnaby Mountain

Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Vancouver’s Grouse Grind will be a little bit safer this summer.

The famously gruelling route to the top of Grouse Mountain –  which climbs 2,830 stairs over the course of 2.9 kilometres – now has a pair of dedicated park rangers. For the 2015 hiking season, which commenced May 8, Metro Vancouver has hired the rangers to patrol the trails and assist hikers.

The rangers are currently on the job, though they’re still waiting for official uniforms, according to a CBC article. Their primary role is to ensure that hikers are prepared for the challenging ascent, properly hydrated and wearing adequate footwear. In addition they’ll be able to assess injuries on the trail and liaise with firefighters and North Shore Rescue when more assistance is needed.

But the new rangers won’t be policing the route or enforcing by-laws.

Each year more than 150,000 people tackle the Grouse Grind, which ascends through 853 metres of Pacific coastal rainforest and has earned the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Continue reading:
Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers

Grouse Grind to open this Friday!

Photo:  janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Photo: janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Just in time for the weekend, Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce that as per Metro Vancouver, the Grouse Grind will open for the 2015 hiking season on Friday, May 8th from 6:15 am until 7:00 pm.

With summer just around the corner, we are very excited that the iconic Grouse Grind trail will open for the season,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron.  “As Vancouverites’ favourite destination for outdoor fitness, we cannot wait to begin another exciting season of fundraising and achievement on ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’.”

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Grouse Grind to open this Friday!

Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

The Grouse Grind may be Vancouver’s most famous (and gruelling) hike. The steep, 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain has a total of 2,830 steps, earning it the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Each year, 150,000 people make the ascent.

But during winter – when the trail is often closed due to weather conditions – all those “Grouse Grinders” are generally out of luck, with no place to blast their quads and gluts. Except this year.

This March, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is opening up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs. Continue reading:
Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre