By Andree Toonk | July 12, 2008
Last Thursday after work I went to grouse mountain with some colleagues for a good workout. We were going to do the Grouse grind. The grind is an extremely steep and mountainous trail that climbs 853 meters (2,800 ft) over a distance of 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles).
It’s a very popular work out and that was clearly visible by the amount of cars at the parking lot. That why we decided to do the Baden Powell trail, which is almost the same, it has the same starting and finish point but it’s a little less crowded. It was indeed a great work out, but very enjoyable! You’re outdoors, in nature and when you reach the top, the reward, the magnificent view over greater Vancouver is fantastic.
People often time themselves the trail to see how quickly they can reach the top. According to wikipedia, the average time to reach to the top is approximately 90 minutes, although hikers who are physically fit can finish it in 45 minutes. My time was 58 minutes. Every year there’s a competition, the official record time is 26:19! Which is amazingly fast.
Ones we arrived at the top we had to reward our selves! We got a great spot at the restaurant at the top, outside on the patio. There we enjoyed our well-deserved beer and diner while enjoying the view.