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Grunting up Grouse in late December 2014

Here in the Vancouver, BC area, Grouse Mountain is well known.  There is a gondola that will take you up to the Chalet and recreation and skiing area or you can get there using your own 2 feet and save big bucks!!  There are a number of trails that go up to the Chalet but the 2 most famous are “The Grouse Grind” and “The BCMC”.

Both trails have you hike up 850 metres from the parking lot to get to the Chalet.  The Grind is a bit steeper and a few hundred metres shorter as a result and is the one most people use but I prefer the BCMC.  Less people and just a bit less steep and it gets you to the same place.  Plus in winter, The Grind has some serious avalanche and steep sections that if you lose your footing, you’re going to slide down a looooonnnng way.  No such places on the BCMC.

Although the trails are “officially closed” during the winter months, that never stops the hundreds of “regulars” like myself .

Since I do this on a regular basis – several times a month – I buy a yearly gondola membership pass so that I can just get on the gondola for the ride down.  Saves the stress on the knees and joints that pounding downhill can aggravate.  And I really love the trail in the winter.  No rocks or roots to navigate, just the compacted trail and the beautiful forest and trees covered in snow.

Generally takes me about 90 minutes in the winter with snow on the trail and 75-80 minutes in the summer.  Keeners do it under an hour!!  It’s a great workout, both for strength and cardio, and keeps me in shape for hiking other peaks when the opportunity arises.

Here’s a couple of pics from the Gondola ride down last week.

This is the view towards another pair of famous peaks, The Lions, that overlook Vancouver.

BCMC first snow-1

And here’s an abstract of a shot I snapped of just the trees.

BCMC first snow-2

Always good to get out especially when the sun is shining 🙂

Mackay Creek Trail up Grouse Mt.

Once-a-week or so, I go up Grouse Mt to stay in shape for the hiking season.  My usual trail is the un-Grind, more commonly known as the BCMC trail.  But they are working on regrading the parking lot etc and all the usual access trailheads are closed.  And this time of year is perfect for going up along Mackay creek. It’s more than just a gurgle with the snowmelt and it’s one of my favourite ways to go up when I’m not in a hurry as it takes another 20-30 minutes more than the BCMC or Grind.  To get to this not so well known TH, just walk East along the powerline for about 15 minutes and when you cross over Mackay creek on the bridge, you will see the rough path leading up to the left and following the creek. 

looking up Mackay Creek from the bridge

Here’s the route from my Garmin forerunner 405. Just follow the red line.  Took a little under 2h to reach the chalet but we weren’t pushing it!


Okay, this is not a full on trip report, just a quickie to put up a couple of photos and tell you about this not so well known trail.  It was interesting to actually see orange markers on the trees.  I’ve been going up this trail for years now and it was never marked so someone has taken it on.  Eventually, the trail hits the Baden Powell trail and there are a couple of different ways to proceed from that point.  I just keep going up. 

peek-a-boo city of Vancouver view part way up
sunlight coming through the mist in the woods.

Also had to take the blue skyride down as they are doing the yearly routine service on the larger red cars now that ski season is coming to an end.

Then it was back home to shower up and enjoy my just desserts, which also included a couple of pieces of chocolate :0)

my reward for such efforts 🙂


Hope your day is going as nice as this one started out!

Ramblin on…..