Took a buddy new to Vancouver up there last Sunday. Beautiful day and not too warm mid-morning in summer, which meant it was one massive conga line.
In true Grind style, there were plenty of people who were bustling by, going for a personal best at tourist o'clock. Some probably powered up in 30-something minutes. I might of had a smirk as some of those pushing people off the trail in their haste near the base were completely tuckered out by the 1/4 mark.
But not everyone's a douche. We had some great conversation and met other awesome people too - props to the lady who'd done her 40th (yeah, 4-0) half marathon on Saturday and spent Sunday morning sharing her running and hiking adventures with us on the Grind. And at the top, 90% of people have big smiles on their bright red faces, feeling awesome about themselves, those who also made it up and life in general.
Summary: It's busy, over-developed and there's some douches on the trail. But it's also so unique, accessible, has awesome views at the top and you'll feel so great when you finish.