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A Grouse Grind alternative, the BCMC trail (British Columbia Mountaineering Club) runs parallel up Grouse Mountain. Open Summer to Fall. Be aware that during to Grouse Grind maintenance closures, access to the BCMC trailhead may be restricted.

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Above: An elevation map of the BCMC Trail.

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This trail may be used for hiking.This trail may be equipped with or connects to a trail with public restrooms.This trail may contain steep areas.
Skill: 4 out of 4
Coordinates: 49.371617
Rating 3 out of 5 (24 votes)
Distance: 3.0 km
Return Trip: 6 km
Elevation: 750 m
Trail Type: A to B
Trailhead: 10-15 minutes into the Grouse Grind, take the Baden Powell trail and follow the BCMC markers..
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Wednesday Aug 25th, 2010 at 7:45 PM
I'd consider myself an intermediate hiker and a beginner mountaineer. This trail was tough. Pretty steep in parts, big step-ups everywhere. It never seems to end, either. There's no sightseeing on this hike; it's a pure grind all the way to the top. If you think the Grouse Grind trail is too easy, this might get your attention; however, if you're looking for a scenic hike, avoid at all costs.
Monday Oct 17th, 2011 at 6:38 PM
Completely agree with ThoughtCancer on this one, the BCMC is not to be taken lightly. Quite steep through-out and lots of big step-ups, poles or a good sturdy walking stick will make for a much lighter hike. Definitely not for the novice hiker looking for a casual trip in the forest.
Monday Aug 20th, 2012 at 12:58 PM
This is a great alternative to the grouse grind if you're looking for a good workout. There's always far fewer people than the grind and it's a trail rather than all stairs. It's steep at points and several gravelly/slippery sections and so you'll want to be careful on the descent (if you choose to).
Wednesday Jul 1st, 2015 at 1:53 PM
Just did it this morning . What a steep and challenging trail! Great accomplishment and a lot less busy than the grouse grind. Takes the say 'the only way over the mountain is straight up !' to heart.

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