Hikers tackle Grouse Grind on opening day
Popular 2.5-kilometre trail has opened earlier than expected, says Metro Vancouver
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.
"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.
Grouse Mountain Regional Park is also home to the BCMC Route and a portion of the Baden Powell Trail.
Good news! The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrouseGrind?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GrouseGrind</a> Trail in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrouseMountainRegionalPark?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GrouseMountainRegionalPark</a> will reopen for the season on Fri, May 3. Hours will be 6:15 am to 6:30 pm. Wear good hiking shoes and carry lots of water. Oh, and you'll need to be in good shape -- it's a tough one. <a href="https://t.co/kKqlKgD14J">pic.twitter.com/kKqlKgD14J</a>—@MetroVancouver
With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza