This has been a great hiking trip so far – we’ve done 3 trails, all of them steep climbs, but the view from the top is phenomenal.
On Monday, after we got into Vancouver and had dim sum with my aunt and uncle, they suggested we walk off the food by doing the Grouse Grind trail. It’s a grueling hike – 2700 of elevation with no flat breaks. And the trail is steep enough that walking down is prohibited. Not that many people heeded the signs. But I was more than happy to obey, and took the gondola down.
The view atop Grouse Grind
On Thursday, we drove the 1.5 hours to Squamish, the climbing Mecca of BC. No climbing for ourselves – this is mostly trad country – but we did the 3 hour trek up the 1800 feet Stawamus Chief trail to Peak 1 (there are 3 trails in total, with Peak 3 being the most involved and commited climb). The last 150 feet, we were above the tree line and had to scramble our way up the rocks to the summit. But we were afforded amazing 360 views of the bay below, and the windy Sea to Sky highway that meanders all the way to Whistler.