Do you miss the Grouse Grind this time of year? Here's an alternative

Are you a loyal 'grinder'?  Without question, the Grouse Grind is a true test of strength and endurance.  However, with winter weather and changing mountain conditions mean seasonal trail closures.  Never fear!  Grab your hiking boots and set your sights on Burnaby Mountain. The Velodrome Trail is Burnaby's version of the Grind.  While it is not quite as challenging, the hike remains a great workout.  The trail begins near the Velodrome on Barnet Highway and cilmbs steeply through the forest on the north side of Burnaby Mountain. You will be welcomed by a series of 500 timber stairs and peekaboo views of the Indian Arm and the Burrard Intlet.

Near the end you wil be delighted by an open meadow and discover the Kamui Mintara poles.  The Playground of the Gods scultptures, created by Nurburi Toko and his son Shusei to commemorate the goodwill between Kushiro Japan and the City of Burnaby.  A beautiful sight perched  atop the mountain framing panoramic views of Indian Arm, Burrard Intlet, Burnaby, downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and the Lion's Gate Bridge.

Some facts and figures:

Grouse Grind                       Velodrome Trail

2.9 km long                          1.4 km long

853 metre elevation gain     240 metre elevation gain

2830 stairs                           500 stairs.



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