This short hike takes you up past the hustle and bustle of the Grouse Mountain Chalet area to some nice views of Crown Mountain and surrounding areas.
To get to the trail head, you can either hike up or take the Grouse Mountain Sky Ride. The trail starts at the end of a dusty 'road' just past the new grizzly bear habitat. Alternatively, you can ride the ski lift up and hike down from that peak to the trailhead below. This is a little trickier but much nicer. Just look for the orange tape when you get off the lift.
The trail is the same for Thunderbird Ridge as for Dam and Goat Mountain. Just stay on the trail until you see the turn off for Thunderbird Ridge at approximately 1.5 km. I had two small children with me the day we did this so I'm having trouble judging distance. Feel free to correct me! Just before the turnoff is a bench and a nice view of Goat Ridge. Until this point, the trail has climbed steadily up hill.
Head out along the ridge through the heather, watching for views of Goat Ridge, Crown Mountain, and Kennedy Lake on your left hand side. It's mostly downhill from here to the end of the ridge. The end of the line is a rocky point which probably offers nice views of the city although we couldn't see through the low cloud the day we were there.
This is a nice 'quicky' trail if you're up on Grouse anyway and need a mental health break from the hoards of people, loud music, and caged animals.
Capilano Road to the base of Grouse Mountain. Take the Sky Ride or hike up. Trail starts behind the bear habitat.
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Posted By: Urban trekker
- Tue Sep 07 00:56:19 UTC 2004
UpsideGood views of Goat, Camel, Kennedy Lake and Vancouver harbour DownsideTrail was a little muddy and the area could be busy CommentA longer return trip could be done - as you head for the ridge you will come to the water pipeline - there are signs there leading to Pipeline Pass - I follow this trail a little way - well marked and fairly distinct - apparently it leads all the way down to the Fromme/Mtn road - which you could then climb back up to Grouse using the old road.
Posted By: wanderlust
- Sat Apr 05 00:52:15 UTC 2003
UpsideI'd give the hike an 'easy' rating - it's a good close-to-the-city hike where you don't actually have to see, hear or smell the city. DownsideProbably crowded on approach trail as all four hikes up there start off on the same path. CommentThe ridge should be a rest stop, not a destination. The summit of goat, or even goat ridge, a little ways off provide far superior views. And the little extra excercise would ensure somewhat smaller crowds.