Looking for some local hikes that get the heart pumping and challenge the cardio? Well look no further, we have the top 5 greatest local grinds from Whistler to the Fraser Valley that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping, then refuel it with well-earned, spectacular views.

The Grouse Grind – North Vancouver

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Perhaps the most famous of hikes in the North Vancouver area, the Grouse Grind boasts that it is the original ‘stairmaster hike’ and one of the most popular local grinds. Located at the top of Capilano Road, you can’t miss the trailhead entrance from the main pay parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain. Be aware that you will need a tram ticket ($20) to get down from the top as it is a one-way trail. Maybe treat yourself to a guilt-free lunch before heading down… you’ve earned it!  

Length: 2.9 km
Elevation Gain: 853 m.
Base: 274 m. above sea level
Summit: 1,127 m.
Total Stairs: 2,830
Statistics: Annually, over 150,000 people hike the trail.
Average Time: It takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended. The record is 23 minutes, 48 seconds!
Dogs: No

Grouse Grind FAQs

How high is the Grouse Grind?

The Grouse Grind rises through 853 vertical meters of soul-refreshing forest to the top at approximately 1,100 m.

Can I hike down the Grouse Grind?

No, you must take the tram back down the mountain. The tram is guilt-free, but not actually free… a ride down is $20 per ticket.

Velodrome Trail – Burnaby

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Photo Credit – City of Burnaby

Often referred to as Burnaby’s Grind and another one of the popular local grinds, this hike involves walking up more than 500 wooden stairs before it leads into the Pandora Trail for the rest of the route. The trailhead is located at the northeast corner of the Velodrome on Barnet Road. To get to the trailhead, walk from the gravel parking lot to the traffic lights, then cross the street and walk up the driveway. At the first opportunity, go left and walk in front of the Velodrome to the far end where a gravel trail heads into the forest, marking the start of this local grind. Stunning views of Burrard Inlet await you at the top.

Time: 1 hour
Distance: 3 km
Elevation Gain: 240 m.
Dogs: Yes

Fun Fact: A series of carved poles known as “The Playground of the Gods” standing proudly at the top of this hike are actually carved by Nuburi Toko, a Japanese indigenous man from the Ainu people on Hokkaido island, Burnaby’s sister city.

The Coquitlam Crunch – Coquitlam

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Photo Credit – Michelle Conry

The Coquitlam Crunch is a shorter, less intense version of the Grouse Grind with the sole purpose of exercise. This steep, urban local grind is set under the large hydropower lines and is a great efficient workout and now features two sets of stairs totalling 894 steps!. Located on Lansdowne Drive there is a gravel road with a parking lot at the bottom. The trail begins at the wooden signboard. Let the large power lines overhead guide your way!

Time: On average, it takes 1.5 hours to hike this local grind but less experienced hikers should plan for two hours
Distance: 4.5 km round trip (that’s 894 muscle-building steps to the top!)
Elevation Gain: 242 m.
Dogs: Yes (Pooches must be kept on a leash, and remember, just like people, dogs need to get in shape before tackling big hikes!)

Coquitlam Crunch FAQs

How long does it take to hike the Coquitlam Crunch?

On average, it takes 1.5 hours to hike this local grind but less experienced hikers should plan for two hours.

How many stairs up is the Coquitlam Crunch?

There are 894 muscle-building steps to the top of the Coquitlam Crunch!

Are dogs allowed on the Coquitlam Crunch?

Yes, but pooches must be kept on leash. And remember, just like people, dogs need to get in shape before tackling big hikes!

The Abby Grind  – Abbotsford

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Photo Credit – City of Abbotsford

While not as steep as the Grouse Grind, the Abby Grind is still a good workout and a popular hiking trail. This local grind is part of the route to Taggart Peak, also known as the Glen Ryder Trail. The trail starts near the Abbotsford Fish & Game Club off McDermott Road. From the gravel parking lot, the trail begins to the right by the bushes, immediately climbing up the hill. This hike is challenging but short and made our list of family-friendly Fraser Valley hikes.

Length: 2 km
Elevation Gain: 390 m.
Summit: 410 m.
Average Time: Though a fast hiker could do it in 45 minutes, on average, it takes up to an hour and a half to hike up and down. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
Hint: As with any hike, be sure to bring water and a healthy snack to hydrate and re-energize.
Dogs: Yes

Abby Grind FAQs

How long does it take to do the Abby Grind?

Though a fast hiker could do it in 45 minutes, on average, it takes up to an hour and a half to hike up and down. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.

Where is the Abby Grind located?

This local grind starts just north of the Sumas River off McDermott road. For directions, put in Abbotsford Fish & Game Club then continue just past the club to the Abby Grind parking area.

Is Grouse Grind or Abby Grind harder?

The Grouse Grind is harder. The Abby grind is nearly as steep but is less than half the elevation gain.

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails – Whistler

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Photo Credit – Robin O’Neill & Whistler Blackcomb

“These trails have been designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of Blackcomb Mountain while offering an exhilarating uphill hike with the option to download using our lift system. This allows guests to maximize the health benefits of a continuous uphill climb while avoiding the pounding of downhill hiking,” says Arthur De Jong, Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager at Whistler Blackcomb

Three interconnected uphill hiking trails meander through beautiful old-growth coastal rainforest terrain from the base of Blackcomb to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, making for some great local grinds. The combined 1,200 m of leg-burning elevation gain is guaranteed to get your sweat on, but can also be tackled one section at a time. At just 0.8 km and 74 m of elevation gain, the first section, Little Burn, is suitable for younger children. The second section, Big Burn, takes you to the Blackcomb mid-station where you can download or continue up Heart Burn to the Rendezvous Lodge.

Time: 30 minutes to 3+ hours
Length: 0.8 km to 6.2 km
Elevation Gain: 74 m to 1,200 m.
Trails: Little Burn, Big Burn and Heart Burn
Dogs: No
Tickets: The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are designed as an uphill hiking experience. The Blackcomb Ascent mid-station download only ticket gets you down from the end of the Big Burn trail and is $15 or free for Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass or Day Ticket holders. For those going to the top of Heart Burn, a Blackcomb Ascent 1 day ticket ($48 adult) is required and gives access to any of the gondolas, including the Peak 2 Peak. Tickets must be purchased from Guest Services at the base of Blackcomb Mountain prior to hiking.

These top 5 greatest local grinds from Whistler to the Fraser Valley are a great way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors while getting in a fantastic cardio workout! So get those water bottles filled, shoes laced up and hit the trails!

Article Written By: Sarah McConnell
Article Updated By: Scott McQuarrie

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