Grouse Mountain is one of the mountains located in North Vancouver, rather close to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. There are various activities that visitors can participate in at the mountain, although one of the most well known is the Grouse Grind.
Unfortunately it was a bit chilly when my friends and I visited so we didn’t opt for the hike, which is pretty Serious Business. The trail facts note it is 2.9 km or 1.8 miles – quite a bit more than the Hustle Up the Hancock I’ve done in Chicago. That includes an elevation gain of 853 meters or 0.53 miles – well over double the Hustle! The course record is from 2010 and stands at 25:01. The site notes on average it takes up to an hour and a half and that novice hikers may take up to 2 hours. I don’t recall how long it took me – I did it on a date before, wearing jeans… that could have been a lot better. There were some signs along the way and I do remember being pretty shocked after doing so much work and only seeing the halfway point sign once I encountered it… we did make it to the top though. It was quite a nice view!
You don’t need to do all the work to enjoy the view – there is a Grouse Mountain Skyride to get to the top as well as take you back down to the bottom.
Definitely worth visiting and the next time I go to Vancouver I plan on making my way up and getting a time down so I have something to work off of in the future!