Grouse Grind Mountain Run

Comments 99 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Registration is now open for the Grouse Grind Mountain Run, now in its 23rd year, happening on Sunday, September 15th with two run categories. Grouse Grind Challenge

Considered to be the annual showcase event of the Grouse Grind season, the Grouse Grind Challenge draws hundreds of participants each year and has become the ultimate fitness bragging right for outdoor enthusiasts on the west coast. From elite mountain runners to leisurely hikers, the event is inclusive of every age and fitness level with an emphasis on personal goal setting and achievement.

Grouse Grind Mountain Run

The first run category is the Grouse Grind Mountain Run for elite athletes who can race the clock and do the Grouse Grind in 45 minutes or less.

Qualifying times: 45 minutes (men) and 55 minutes (women). As a special benefit for Grouse’s longest-serving Grinders, participants who are aged 65 or older do not require a specific qualifying time to participate in the Grouse Grind Mountain Run.

The cash purse up for grabs is a shared total of $5,000. Top overall finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd placed overall male and female finishers) will be awarded $1400, $700, $400 respectively. Top male and female finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd) in each age category will receive medals.

Grouse Grind Mountain Challenge

The second run option is the Grouse Grind Mountain Challenge for casual Grouse Grinders. There’s no need to race the clock with the latter as the idea is to simply complete the whole run, raising funds for Grind for Kids as a team or solo participant.

Course Details

  • Length: 3 kilometres (1.86 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
  • Base: 274 metres (900 feet) above sea level
  • Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
  • Total stairs: 2,830
  • Fastest-ever official time: 23:48held by Sebastian Salas, five-time reigning Grouse Grind Mountain Run champion (2008-12)
  • Average time: The Grouse Grind Challenge takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, with two hours recommended for novice hikers.
  • Participants: Hikers range in age from children to seniors with an equal male/female split.

All racers won’t want to miss the Grouse Grind Challenge after-party at the top. $5 of each registration will go to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.


To get the word out about the event I have an Annual Local’s Pass (year-round membership) for Grouse Mountain to give away. The Annual Local’s Pass provides great year-round value with access to our Skyride, a world of adventure and amazing benefits. All our passes now feature a dollar value pre-loading capability. Don’t let forgetting cash get between you and your post-Grind snack again.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite thing to do at Grouse Mountain – or what you would like to do with your pass should you win (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win an Annual Local’s Pass for @grousemountain from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Follow Grouse Mountain on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

Note! This contest is open to locals only as they are the only ones who can use valid Annual Local’s Passes.

Update The winner is @pool88!

99 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. DarcyFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 2:53pm PDT

    See da bears!

  2. Lori-Airbnb SuperhostFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 3:41pm PDT

    I haven’t been up there for years. I want to see the Grizzly Bears.

  3. janFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 3:51pm PDT

    I still have never been to Grouse – so this is what I would finally do if I won the pass!

  4. LucFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 4:02pm PDT

    I would use the pass to go up-and-down the grind and compete with my pal who’s obsessed with doing it.

  5. BeckyFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 4:12pm PDT

    I would love to be able go do the Grouse Grind to make my way up to see the gorgious pair of Grizzlies, as well as check out many other sites available to see and do

  6. KatieFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 4:22pm PDT

    I love grouse. Would be wonderful to win the pass.

  7. maryFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 4:24pm PDT

    I would use the pass to do the hikes and reach a personal best!

  8. LorraineFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 5:19pm PDT

    I like that I have a great place to bring visitors to every season that we experience here in Vancouver. We can bring them for a beautiful dinner at night, go up to ski or just hot chocolate, sleigh ride or snow shoes, hike in the summer and fall or just enjoy the tram and up and down and the spectacular tram ride. The best yet has been celebrating New Year’s eve at the restuarant. How lucky are we?

  9. Leah A.Friday, September 6th, 2013 — 5:29pm PDT

    I would use the pass to go skating!

  10. RenFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 5:49pm PDT

    I would use the pass to go on hikes around Grouse so I can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the city! And then a lunch or dinner afterwards 🙂

  11. SylviaFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 8:12pm PDT

    I would love to win the pass! I would do the Grouse Grind or BCMC trailduring the spring and summer and ride down the Gondola to see the spectacular view, and go snowshoeing or ice skating in the winter wonderland that Grouse Mountain is!

  12. EileenFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 8:22pm PDT

    I want to see the grizzlies & the eye of the wind. And have a meal in the Observatory!

  13. Dayna WilsonFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 8:33pm PDT

    I would love to take my toddler son to see the bears.. he’s obsessed with roaring like a bear right now, he’d love to see real ones!

  14. Frank_ZFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 9:00pm PDT

    eat Beavertails

  15. RjFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 9:47pm PDT

    Check out the restaurant!

  16. JoshFriday, September 6th, 2013 — 11:20pm PDT

    My favorite thing to do is the snowshoe grind.

  17. RebeccaSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 1:02am PDT

    Definitely go to the restaurant.

  18. inderSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 7:27am PDT

    Love grouse mountain! Both the grouse grind and snowboarding!

  19. SwapnilSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 8:42am PDT

    Eye of the Win! Hope to win

  20. RamonaSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 9:34am PDT

    Would love to snowshoe up there!

  21. Michelle W.Saturday, September 7th, 2013 — 9:45am PDT

    Snowshoe! It’s so much fun, especially if you do the Snowshoe Grind, then slide all the way down!

  22. CarlySaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 10:02am PDT

    Hiking the grind with my dad and enjoying the reward and view sipping on coconut water at the top.

  23. gregSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 2:30pm PDT

    I love skating on the rink in January! That, and mountain biking up the back road in summer. Its always nice to have people stare at you as you peddle around the grizzly enclosure.

  24. LisaSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 4:47pm PDT


  25. Katie SchieblerSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 8:11pm PDT

    If I won the local’s pass I would do the grouse grind more often. And I would donate $10 each time to grind for kids (the $10 I would have spent on my download ticket) for the first 11 times I use it…

  26. JeremySaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 10:20pm PDT

    Seeing the grizzly bear habitat and going to the restaurant are some of my favourite things!!!

  27. JenSaturday, September 7th, 2013 — 10:20pm PDT

    I love bringing out of town guests in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter on Grouse 🙂

  28. Jenn SSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 4:08am PDT

    I would love to be able go do the Grouse Grind, completely

  29. mike gismondiSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 5:54am PDT

    the grind!

  30. angela griffinSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 5:54am PDT

    i like to see the bears

  31. Heather ESunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:27am PDT

    I love the Birds of Prey!

  32. ChanMacSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:27am PDT

    My favourite thing to do? Drink a celebratory beer at the top of the mountain! It’s the only thing that keeps me going come the 1/2 mark!

  33. MelissaSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:28am PDT

    I’m 26 years old and have loved in Vancouver all my life and have NEVER been to Grouse Mountain!
    My fiancé and I keep saying we are going to go do the grind, take the tram, try snow boarding, see the wildlife and enjoy a Christmas sleigh ride, but we never get around to it as our finances are usually really tight!!
    I would loveeee to have a pass and to be able to go up every weekend and enjoy the view of Vancouver from way up top Grouse..I’ve seen photos..but never got to experience it first hand.

  34. Kurt PennerSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:29am PDT

    Early morning Grind climbs, and snowshoeing in the winter!

  35. mario hSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:32am PDT

    Gotta love the snowboarding

  36. JenniferSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:48am PDT

    I’d love to go snowshoeing and maybe finally get the hang of ski-ing!

  37. StephSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 10:16am PDT

    Beaver tails are the best reward/incentive after the Grind!!

  38. chistaSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 10:57am PDT


  39. EmSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 11:24am PDT


  40. bjhSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 12:02pm PDT

    The Grind, BCMC, snowshoeing, and Xcntry skiing!

  41. Richard WooSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 1:14pm PDT

    Doing the grind, and having beers/nachos is the best feeling at the mountain!

  42. SilvanaSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 7:47pm PDT

    I have yet to try snowshoeing at Grouse, so an annual pass would sure come in handy for that. Trying to expand my fitness activities repertoire. Great contest!

  43. CaresseSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 8:09pm PDT

    Snow shoe!

  44. Shane YorkeSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 8:24pm PDT

    Best thing about the grind is talking to people along the way up, finding out why they do the grind.

  45. LucianoSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 8:28pm PDT

    Skiing…snowshoing….dinner overlooking Vancouver

  46. MarleneSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    Take the family skiing and other wonderful Grouse activities

  47. CollinSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:29pm PDT

    Doing the grind in the summer and boarding in the winter!

  48. richard staplesSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:34pm PDT

    Hike one of the world’s hardest trials is my favorite and achieve new time goals every time

  49. MikeSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 9:43pm PDT


  50. AlexSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 10:08pm PDT

    See Eagles!

  51. DebraSunday, September 8th, 2013 — 10:35pm PDT

    It’s been over ten years since I did the Grouse Grind so I’d use the pass to get back into nature while I get in better shape!

  52. jenniferMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 10:21am PDT

    do the grind!!

  53. TaniaMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 10:21am PDT


  54. John StuartMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 10:39am PDT

    Artists for Conservation Festival

  55. ErinMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 10:47am PDT

    I love skiing!

  56. jenMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 1:01pm PDT

    i’d like to try to ski this winter

  57. CherylMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 1:45pm PDT

    A pass would be wonderful.

  58. Bonnie RMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 1:50pm PDT

    I’d go up for a bite to eat and to enjoy the amazing view 🙂 !

  59. Brenda AMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 2:25pm PDT

    It is so beautiful up at the top and it is so nice to enjoy a hike! I would also love to enjoy dinner at the top.

  60. Ruby BMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 3:00pm PDT

    whittle my way up the grind then enjoy some great food up top as my reward 🙂

  61. Sonya BMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 3:01pm PDT

    Dinner up top for special occasions enjoying a wonderful view can’t be beat

  62. Randy BMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 3:01pm PDT

    ride the gondola .. enjoy the view .. maybe try snowshoeing

  63. Lindsey MMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 3:39pm PDT

    I would use the pass to hike around Grouse and get a new perspective on Vancouver.

  64. leahMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 3:40pm PDT

    I’d go on the Skyride!

  65. AmyMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 4:09pm PDT

    Hiking up is something I love to do. Now riding up is something I haven’t done yet and would love to try.

  66. KayKayMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 4:53pm PDT

    grouse grind is my fav

  67. Nicole JMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 7:06pm PDT

    I haven’t been to Grouse since I was maybe a little girl, so I’d definitely do everything that can be done up there! (Grouse Grind, snowboarding)

  68. Marianne FouchardMonday, September 9th, 2013 — 11:15pm PDT

    I could finally do the Grouse Grind, on my bucket list, but haven’t made it up there.

  69. HayleyTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 1:07am PDT

    I would do the Grind because I have never done it before. I have really bad knees (Osteoarthritis among other things =\ ) and would love to try and do it. Plus it would be great exercise.

  70. ColmTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 1:23am PDT


  71. StotesTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 6:05am PDT

    Get some snowshoeing in.

  72. LiangTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 8:26am PDT

    Get my personal time to under 50 minutes! Also, do the grind multiple times a day. ^_^

  73. JenniferTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 11:10am PDT


  74. Mike RobertsonTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 11:30am PDT

    The Birds of Prey! Very Cool

  75. donTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 11:33am PDT

    enjoy the view

  76. ScottTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 1:10pm PDT


  77. ShannonTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 1:11pm PDT

    Snow shoe

  78. SanazTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 2:16pm PDT

    Watching the beautiful view after doing the grind!

  79. SeanTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 3:32pm PDT

    Complete the grind

  80. Kim ZimmermanTuesday, September 10th, 2013 — 6:24pm PDT

    I would take my 4 kids up to Grouse, which I’ve never done yet!

  81. RoWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 2:46pm PDT

    I love going snowshoeing with my family!

  82. AliciaWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 8:00pm PDT

    I’ve never done the grind! Would love to

  83. Coral SeabrookWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 8:02pm PDT

    Take in the beautiful view!

  84. SpencerWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 8:14pm PDT

    The bears and the NACHOS

  85. CarolWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 9:37pm PDT

    Snowshoe Grind! I like snowshoeing. I like the Grind. Would like to finally combine the two, followed by a magnificent Apres in Altitudes Bistro!

  86. JoanneWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 9:37pm PDT

    wonderful view, wonderful food, great day with Hubby

  87. Negar AmiriWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 9:43pm PDT

    Lumberjack show!! Theeeee best!

  88. JosephineWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 9:49pm PDT

    Would love to go snow shoeing!

  89. Javier DWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 9:58pm PDT

    Can’t beat the grind

  90. DaeWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 10:09pm PDT

    The Grind

  91. Aaron HyndesWednesday, September 11th, 2013 — 11:08pm PDT

    Learn how to snowshoe so that I can hike year round

  92. JenniferThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 7:14am PDT

    Grouse has the best view. Love the sparkling city lights.

  93. DanielThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 8:42am PDT

    Definitely grind

  94. Holiday Baker ManThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 9:21am PDT

    I love the restaurant!

  95. Barry YoungThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 10:21am PDT

    I’d do a hell of a lot more grinds if I won.

  96. DonnaThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 10:48am PDT

    snowboarding is my favourite activity to do on Grouse Mountain. I can’t wait until the winter season starts!

  97. ShirleyThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 10:54am PDT

    I like to ski.

  98. Kelly KrolThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 8:37pm PDT

    I love to snowboard, but now that I have a wee family, I’d like to take my kids up to see all that Grouse Mountain has to offer:)

  99. lindaThursday, September 12th, 2013 — 9:21pm PDT

    Favourite thing to do at Grouse Mountain – reaching the top – there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with it.

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