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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.
Above: An elevation map of the BCMC Trail.
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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.
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.
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).