A well-worn and marked winter route in the Grouse Mountain slackcountry. It offers 360 views of the Lower Mainland and beyond (think Mt. Baker on a clear day).

If you're constantly inspired by our local mountains, it'll be an easy decision to pack up and spend a night on this easy-to-access, surprisingly stunning ridge, located in North Vancouver.

From the top of Grouse Mountain, you can follow the "Snowshoe Grind" through the ski hill to the turnoff for the Alpine Trail. The trail is usually well worn - snowshoes usually aren't needed, but microspikes will be very useful.

The turnoff for Thunderbird Ridge is an evidently marked winter route. You'll lose some elevation when dropping onto the ridge and gain it back as you continue along. At this point, the views will begin to open up.

At the end of the ridge, you can shovel a flat spot in the snow and set up camp. The views of metro Vancouver are spectacular.

Retrace your steps and take a gondola ride down to the parking lot and return to your car.

Thunderbird Ridge is the ideal spot for a brief vacation from day-to-day life. You can take the gondola up after work and find yourself at the end of the ridge within 1.5 hours. It amazes me how you can feel far from the city, when you're just overlooking it.

Note: you will need to let the staff at Grouse know if you are spending the night. A note shall suffice. During Winter and Spring months, the Grouse Grind is officially closed and not available to hike. You will need to use the gondola for a ride up and down. You can find the associated costs here.

Pack List

  • Camping essentials (cooking gear, tent, sleeping bag etc.)
  • Warm layers
  • Trail snacks/meals
  • Hiking boots
  • Microspikes (or snowshoes, depending on winter conditions)
  • 1L of water
  • Camera & tripod
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RT Distance 3.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 623.4 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Nice piece of writing and excellent pictures.

Good description of the trail and the view. Writing has personal experience and shows how much you enjoyed this adventure. Everything makes me want to go experience this place!


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