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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I'm based in Vancouver - looking for a short, strenuous trail that's easily accessible during winter, something akin to the Grouse Grind. Just somewhere I can get to with minimal planning, equipment etc. purely to get some exercise.

Any suggestions?

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Hi all,

I'm based in Vancouver - looking for a short, strenuous trail that's easily accessible during winter, something akin to the Grouse Grind. Just somewhere I can get to with minimal planning, equipment etc. purely to get some exercise.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
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Ha ha beat me to it!
Pretty much you're going to be looking at the North Shore if you want steep trails. The Baden Powell trail through North Vancouver and the British Properties is also a good choice.

On the Vancouver side, you could visit Burnaby Mountain -> Velodrome trail to SFU is one that comes to mind.
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Great thanks. I didn't realise the bcmc was open during the winter that's perfect. I would always access that via the gate at the base of the grind. Presumably that is closed right now? If so how do you get around it?!
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Follow the fence where the gate starts to the east . The fence ends and a well worn trail will hook you up to the start of the grind trail you're used to. Follow that to where the bcmc splits from the grind.
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Here's my list of Grouse Grind alternatives. There are some suggestions for shorter options in the comments section as well. But as others have said, BCMC is the best true grind alternative.
https://happiestoutdoors.ca/alternat...-grouse-grind/
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happiestoutdoors has a nice list

Of what's not been mentioned I'll add Old Buck from Seymour base; up to Deep Cove lookout, then loop return via Three Chop. Benefit is that it is public transit accessible.

Good exercise can also be had in Buntzen area, low elev for something like Diez Vistas == no snow. Transit is much more problematic though + gate gets closed early.
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Great stuff everyone many thanks. Anyone been up the bcmc recently? Would I be looking at snow and ice yeah?

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Of what's not been mentioned I'll add Old Buck from Seymour base; up to Deep Cove lookout, then loop return via Three Chop. Benefit is that it is public transit accessible.
I agree, this is my top exercise 'Grind'. A good workout but mostly I like it because I rarely see anyone else on it. I park on Indian River Dr and go as fast as I can up Three Chop which gets me sweating.

I keep meaning to check out the SFU trails since that's closer to home for me.
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Great stuff everyone many thanks. Anyone been up the bcmc recently? Would I be looking at snow and ice yeah?
Haven't been up the BCMC but have been hiking lower areas on the North Shore. You are guaranteed to hit snow and probably ice. You might want to take some warm clothes with you just in case you turn an ankle or something and have to spend some time in the "bush".
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I was up on Grouse the last two days and microspikes are recommended right from the parking lot - the trail is quite icy, but I saw quite a few being careful with just boots. As you get further up the trail around the 1/4 mark the ice is replaced by snow so the traction gets better the further up you get. The conditions are likely to change as more snow on the trail is expected starting late tomorrow.
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Did the Old Buck up and down yesterday. Nice trail, hardly anyone around. Conditions similar to those described by dmack above. I think I'll need to invest in microspikes.
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Good exercise can also be had in Buntzen area, low elev for something like Diez Vistas == no snow. Transit is much more problematic though + gate gets closed early.
Buntzen Halvor Lunden trail is a quite strenuous climb up to Lindsay Lake or White Rock overlook at about 5 1/2 km ... a shorter alternative is hike up the same trail to the nice viewpoint about 1/2 way u. that's a worthy goal and gives a nice, solid climb for a few km.

also, maybe Lynn peak, which i find to be a rooty worn out trail but great views up top. Probably could do it with Spikes on

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Hi, Steve Chapman of Coquitlam SAR created a cool visual of grind alternatives located in the tri-cities:
http://www.tricitynews.com/lifestyle...here-1.2230485

In addition, Munro Lake from Quarry road is steep, stats:
https://www.clubtread.com/routes/Route.aspx?Route=482

Note: these trails probably don't see much foot traffic in winter months and the markers can be obscure with all the snow & would require more planning. The trail-breaking would be a good work out but may slow things down drastically.
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Lynn Peak in North Vancouver
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