| Your adventure begins as you step into the Super Skyride, a 100-passenger tram that glides you up the steep mountainside. In eight minutes you're 3,700 feet (1,100 m) above sea level, and near the top of Grouse Mountain. (The aerial-tramway runs year-round, departing every 15 minutes from 9 am to 10 pm in summer.) A 'must see' is the incredible high-tech mythology and history presentation about Vancouver in the 'Theater in the Sky.'
The first hiking trail up the side of Grouse Mountain was brushed out by the Vancouver Mountaineering Club in 1900, when a journey to the North Shore from town involved a boat ride, then a hike on foot or horseback to the base of the mountain. Almost a century later, Grouse Mountain continues to be a magnet for Vancouverites in search of a challenge - and companionship. |
The Grouse Grind, billed as the world's biggest stair-climb, is the outdoor venue these days to work out at and to meet new friends. During summer months, hundreds of trim, fresh-faced hikers ascend the steep-sided mountain from its trailhead on the east side of the Grouse Mountain parking lot at the north end of Capilano Road, usually in groups of twos and threes. A typical opening line once on top is, 'What's your time?'. If you complete the 1.8-mile/3-km climb, with a elevation gain of 2,760 feet/842 metres, in less than an hour, you're doing better than average. If you beat 32 minutes for men, or 36 minutes for women, you're the champ! A workout on the Grouse Grind is excellent preparation for a backpacking trip. This is a quick way to stretch your lower calf muscles (the ones you rarely call upon except with a 50-pound/22.5-kg pack on your back) into shape. If you're hard-core, you'll do the trail both ways. Other trails on the side of Grouse Mountain include the BCMC Trail (2.2 miles/3.5 km one way; allow two and a half hours), which begins from the same location as the Grouse Grind.
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