Starting Monday, the Grouse Grind Trail will be closed on weekdays for approximately five weeks for upgrades.
The trail will be fully closed Monday to Friday, from Oct. 4 until Nov. 7.
“Due to factors such as safety hazards, the steepness of the terrain and the narrowness of the trail, it is not possible to have the trail remain open during weekday construction work,” Metro Vancouver says.
Those who ignore the closure could face the possibility of being seriously injured, or worse, by falling debris.
If conditions allow, it will open on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Thanksgiving Day on Oct. 11.
When the trail is open, hikers should remember that they will be passing through active construction areas and will need to use extra caution.
The Grouse Grind Trail upgrades are part of the Grouse Mountain Regional Park Trail and Site Improvements Project, which over the next four years will improve existing popular trails and routes in the park and add connector trails to provide opportunities for those who may be looking for a less steep, less intense recreational experience.
The closure takes place at a time of year when there are typically fewer people visiting the trail, and coincides with Grouse Mountain Resort’s annual maintenance closure, which is scheduled for Oct. 18 to Nov. 5.
During that time, there will be no access to the Grouse Mountain Skyride or mountaintop facilities.
During the temporary closure of the Grouse Mountain Skyride, trail users will be required to hike down the BCMC trail.
Hiking down the Grouse Grind Trail is not permitted.