Grouse Mountain

View from the Grouse Mountain gondola

I did the Grouse Grind with S., a trail up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC. The trail is 1.8 miles, 2800 ft. elevation gain, and is nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Though the Grouse Grind goes up through a forest, the trail is by no mean’s natural; it is well-groomed with hundreds of wooden stairs.

Look at all those stairs
Look at all those stairs

Most tourists take the gondola up the mountain. Since the Grouse Grind is steep and there are a fair number of runners on the trail, no one is allowed to go down, only up.

Grouse grind success
Grouse grind success

At the top of Grouse Mountain, there were a number of tourist activities. There were photo opportunities by totem poles, birdwatching, helitours.

We watched a scripted comedic lumberjack show. Two lumberjacks competed with each other in axe throwing, log running in the water, wood carving, climbing up poles. I was really impressed by their skills. They were able to get a bullseye every time they tossed their axes. With spurs on their feet, they were able to climb up and down a wooden pole in twenty seconds.

Lumberjack show at Grouse Mountain
Lumberjack show at Grouse Mountain

There was a grizzly bear. A ranger explained that they weren’t holding the bear in captivity like a zoo; this was a temporary measure for the bear’s safety because of the fire danger.

Grizzly bear at Grouse Mountain
Grizzly bear at Grouse Mountain

After lunch, we took the gondola down. It was so much faster than our hike up!

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