Heads up, hiking enthusiasts! North Vancouver’s iconic Grouse Grind is reopening for the 2024 season this weekend, which means you can head up “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” in no time.

Officially open at 7 am on Saturday, April 27th, the Grind is a staple Vancouver experience for locals and visitors alike – earning all who participate bragging rights and a hearty meal out as a reward. There are 2,830 steps in total following a 2.5 km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, and people around the city take the challenge very seriously.

What’s more, registration for the 8th annual Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge is now open, which will take place on June 20th. Every year, the event determines the record-holder for the highest number of ascents of the Grouse Grind in a 19-hour period, in an effort to raise funds for North Shore Rescue. The current record? A staggering 18 climbs in 19 hours!

“This year’s Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge will be the last opportunity to break the current record before our new Gondola opens,” says Madelaine Twomey, Grouse Mountain Resort Communications Manager. “Last year’s event saw the winner complete an amazing 18 grinds, and more than $25,000 was raised for North Shore Rescue, let’s beat both records this year!”

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Below are returning events visitors can look forward to on Grouse Mountain this year:

  • Seek The Peak – June 8th
  • Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge – June 20th
  • Grouse Grind Mountain Run – August 24th

Want to get the best bang for your buck on the mountain this year? Consider splurging on a Grouse Mountain Annual Pass for $249 per adult, which includes unlimited access to the Skyride and almost $350 in added benefits.

Otherwise, there’s always regular mountain admission (roundtrip ticket + mountaintop activities) for $59 for BC residents.

Note that The Grouse Mountain Regional Park gates are open every day from 7 am to 6:30 pm, though the Grouse Grind will be closed on Monday, April 29th for gondola construction.

So there you have it, Vancouver. Don’t forget to check current mountain conditions before you head over – happy “grinding!”