Meanwhile, three other hikers hikers, all of them men, were seen walking into the Grind in mid-thigh shorts. One told BCIT News, “It’s never too cold to Grind.”
The Grouse Grind is famously one of the Lower Mainland’s most intense hikes. According to Grouse Mountain’s website, the aptly-named Grind is nearly three kilometres long and almost one kilometre up the mountain. The trail is open from 8:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m., as fall days get shorter. Metro Vancouver, which operates the Grind, has posted a sign on the mountain-peak telling hikers not to come down the trail. Instead, Grinders can take Grouse Mountain’s Skyride gondola free of charge.
Metro Vancouver spokesperson Sarah Lusk confirmed Thursday that the Grouse Grind opens on a daily basis, based on weather and trail conditions.
The Grind was hit by an avalanche in January 1999 which killed hiker Rory Manning and injured four others on the trail. Manning’s body wasn’t recovered until May of that year.