Grouse Grind expected to reopen mid-May

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      Getting ready to get your grind on?

      The Grouse Grind Trail is expected to reopen in mid-May.

      The trail was closed last year because of snow and icy conditions.

      The reopening of the popular outdoor destination is one of the items in a report by Mike Redpath, manager for regional parks with the Metro Vancouver district government.

      Redpath wrote that some trail maintenance is currently underway on the lower portions of the trail located in North Vancouver.

      “A rockfall hazard assessment and any work resulting from that will also be performed before the trail reopening,” the regional parks manager stated.

      The trail, which forms part of the Grouse Mountain Regional Park, has been closed since December 12, 2020.

      The regional park covers 75 hectares of mature forest and mountain streams.

      The Grouse Grind Trail is one of three trails in the park.

      The Grouse Mountain Regional Park also includes the BCMC Trail and part of the Baden-Powell Trail.

      The BCMC Trail is named by the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, and it is a nearby alternative to the Grouse Grind Trail.

      In his report, Redpath wrote that the Grouse Grind Trail will “serve as an alternate option for hikers when the BCMC Route undergoes upgrades in 2021”.

      The upgrades are part of the $3.5 million Grouse Mountain Regional Park Trail and Site Improvements Project funded by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Metro Vancouver.

      Redpath noted that upgrades to the Grouse Grind Trail are scheduled in 2022.

      More than 100,000 people climb the trail every year.

      The trail is a 2.9-kilometre ascent with 2,830 steps, providing a serious workout amid the splendour of nature.

      Redpath’s report is included in the agenda Wednesday (April 7) of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks committee.