SUMMARY: A popular short hike from the Grouse Mountain Chalet to the bump just west of Grouse Mountain. The return trip takes less than two hours. Walk past the Grizzly bear enclosure and then onto the old road on the west side of Grouse Peak. After about 500 m the road ends and a good trail heads up through some big trees and switchbacks to the "peak". The trail continues on to Goat and Crown mountains. Snow can linger until July some years. Snowshoers should be careful on icy days since there are some steep slopes along the trail.create
Apr 15, 2015
No views today, but a nice way to extend the BCMC trail (see my post here). And who can complain about having a trail to themselves? I encountered one other person on this loop who looked as surprised as me to run into another hiker.
The trail is clear to the grizzly enclosure - where the two bears were enjoying a bit of rough and tumble - after which snow is continuous. The trail was clear enough up to the summit, following what used to be called the Pacific View trail in the winter. From the summit, the compacted trail continued north along the summer route for a hundred metres or so before ending. I carried on - using the GPS - to pick my way down to where the "Alpine Trail" (aka the Goat/Crown trail) skirts around Dam and followed it back to Grouse.
Snowshoes weren't necessary, nor even Yak Trax unless venturing off trail. The snow was dense and wet, which made it easy to make steps where necessary. At times I was postholing up to my knees (which was chilly in shorts). My best guess is that the snow is less than a metre deep, even on the north-facing slopes.
I couldn't be bothered to edit my GPS track so it includes the BCMC portion and the Skyride :-)
The Skyride down cost $10 even. Parking was $4 for all day.