British Columbia

Hikers tackle Grouse Grind on opening day

Metro Vancouver said seasonal maintenance has been completed and good weather has allowed them to open the trail earlier than expected.

Popular 2.5-kilometre trail has opened earlier than expected, says Metro Vancouver

Suzanne Howitt, in green, and her hiking partner make their way up the Grouse Grind shortly after it opened for the season on Friday. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Eager hikers will be making their way to Grouse Mountain Friday morning, as the popular Grouse Grind trail opens for the season.

Metro Vancouver said seasonal maintenance has been completed and good weather has allowed them to open the trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park earlier than expected.

"Everyone who's anxious to hit the Grind and enjoy the park's breathtaking views can now do so, but be mindful that it's a strenuous hike," Metro Vancouver parks chair John McEwen said in a statement.

"Be sure you're in good shape and be prepared with lots of water and good hiking shoes."

The trail will be open daily from 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Suzanne Howitt was at the trailhead by 6 a.m. on Friday.

Suzanne Howitt was at the Grouse Grind trailhead by 6 a.m. on Friday. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

"I just love being outside, I love driving around Vancouver and looking up and seeing the mountain and knowing that I can climb it. It's a quick one-hour workout," said Howitt, who climbs the trail first thing several times a week during the summer.

"I think, why not? I actually biked here from UBC," said student Ashcon Partovi. "I love nature and I love the view from the top of the mountain."

The bike ride from UBC to the Grouse Mountain parking lot is just under 30 kilometres.

Ashcon Partovi, a student at the University of British Columbia, said he started doing the Grouse Grind in an effort to lose weight, but stayed hooked. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Grouse Mountain Regional Park is also home to the BCMC Route and a portion of the Baden Powell Trail.

With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza

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