After this past winter's heavy snowfalls, the trail was icy and unsafe in May and crews spent early June on maintenance. But everything is on track now as Grouse Mountain welcome another 150,000 climbers this year.
The event season starts June 20 with the Multi Grouse Grind Challenge. On the longest day of the year, gates open at 4am for those who want to test how many times they can climb the Grind in a single day. You can register here.
Last year, the men's record holder climbed it 16 times while the woman with the most endurance summitted 15 times before the gate closed.
The Grind is 2.9 km, with 850 metres of elevation. For those who want to keep on climbing, the mountain is hosting a Seek the Peak on June 25th. The event starts at Ambleside and continues up past the Grind to the peak. You can do the BC Cancer Foundation fundraising event as an individual or as part of a relay team.
Undoubtedly there will be people trying to break Sebastion Salas' climb record of 23:48 for men and Stephanie Hamilton's 30:32 record for women. For those who aren't fast, North Shore Resue offers this advice: always hike with a headlamp. Almost every night there are hikers stranded in the dark on 'The Grind'.
It is also recommended to bring at the very least - water, insulating jacket, fully charged cell phone and appropriate hiking shoes/boots.
Have you hiked the grind in the past? Let us know you stories. Have fun!