The grouse grind is an extremely steep trail spanning 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) and elevates 853 meters (2800 ft). The trail is known for being extremely grueling but is common practice for many Vancouver residents to see how quickly they can make their way up the treacherous path. Most people take roughly 90 minutes to reach the top however more athletic people or those who hike the trail frequently typically finish in around 45 minutes.
Currently, the fastest unofficial record for climbing the hill is 24:22 set on June 12, 2004 by Jonathan Wyatt. Unfortunately it was not during the annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run, so it is not official. The fastest official times is 26:19 for men, by Michael Simpson on September 21, 2007. The fastest time for women to date was set by Leanne Johnston after taking 31:04 to complete the trail.
Once you reach the top of the trail, hikers have the option to either turn around and make their way back down the trail (which is more dangerous than the initial hike), or they can take the Skyride back down the mountain for a small fee. The Skyride is a Gondola that allows people to transverse the mountain without hiking and provides an amazing view of Greater Vancouver. Many tourists just come to Grouse Mountain to ride the Skyride or to eat at their restaurant overlooking all of Vancouver.