Outside Magazine has named Vancouver’s Grouse Grind one of the top 10 most dangerous hikes in the world.
The magazine for outdoor aficionados says most of the problems arise because of unprepared hikers.
The magazine notes three people have died on the trail since 1999. It also says up to 80 technical rescues occur on the trail every year.
Outside Magazine says the trail is “so grisly” that it often takes up to twelve rescuers to get a hiker off the mountain.
There’s no doubt that the Grind is challenging, with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet in only 2.9 kilomteres of mostly vertical trail.
Most hikers take about 90 minutes to finish the hike, with the fittest hikers making it to the top in under 30 minutes. The overall record for the fastest climb is 23:48.
The Grind was built in the early 1980s and is a popular tourist attraction.
The “most dangerous” list by Outside Magazine includes other hikes such as Huayna Picchu in Peru, also known as the “Hike of Death” and the Drakensberg Traverse in South Africa.
When reached by Global News, Grouse Mountain did not want to comment on the story but instead referred media inquiries to Metro Vancouver, who are responsible for the park.
Metro Vancouver displays the following disclaimer at the base of the trail and also on their website:
Anyone who travels on the Grouse Grind Trail, BCMC Trail, or traverses the area adjacent thereto, or in the vicinity thereof does so assuming all risks of injury or death. The Greater Vancouver Water District and the Greater Vancouver Regional District and their directors, officers, servants, employees, agents and representatives (collectively the ”Released Parties”) will not in any way be responsible for your safety, and if you use the Grouse Grind Trail, the BCMC Trail, you and your heirs, dependents, administrators, executors and successors agree to RELEASE, WAIVE, SAVE HARMLESS AND FOREVER DISCHARGE the Released Parties from and against all actions, claims, demands, causes of action, proceedings, suits, losses, damages, costs (including legal fees) and expenses of whatsoever kind or nature, including but not limiting the generality of the foregoing, in respect of death, injury, loss or damage to person or property, arising in any way out of, or connected with, or as a consequence of passage along or use of the Grouse Grind or BCMC Trail.