The BCMC Trail is located just east of the Grouse Grind and offers a less busy alternative workout. The start of the trail is the same place as the start of the Grind before branching off onto the Baden Powell, then left at the junction up the steep hill to the Grouse Mountain chalet.
Note, most people take the Grouse Gondola back downhill as the steep, rocky slopes can be dangerous to descend. The Gondola costs $10 (as of 2012) and tickets can be purchased at the top in the chalet. The distance and time for this trail description are a one-way trip, different from other trails on the site, as it's assumed hikers will take the gondola back down.
After walking past the fence at the beginning of the trail, there is a junction on the right to the Baden Powell Trail, just before the start of the hill. This junction is about 5 meters beyond the gate, so if you have started to walk up a steep, rocky hill, you have missed it. Go right at the junction and follow the Baden Powell trail as it gradually climbs through the forest.
About 10 minutes into your hike, there is a junction on the left marking the way to the BCMC Trail. Looking for the tree markers as the area is well marked with unique markers for both the BCMC and Baden Powell Trails. Go left at the junction and begin your steep climb.
As you climb, look at the markers on the trees and note the numbers, keeping in mind the end is marker number 160. The marker numbers are not evenly spaced but it does give somewhat of an indication of where you are on the trail.
Around marker number 125, the trail begins to level off and there and climbs at a much more gradual pace. Eventually, you arrive at a junction with a wider path. Go left and continue up hill, being careful to step over the pipes and cables that are partially buried along the route. Only a few more steps and the Grouse Mountain chalet can be seen between the trees as you emerge from the forest and meeting with the crowds coming up the nearby Grouse Grind.
How to get to BCMC Trail
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes
The Grouse Grind Trail starts from the parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Drive westbound along Georgia Street and continue along the Stanley Park Causeway and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Right after crossing the bridge, take the right-hand turnoff to North Vancouver and immediately change lanes into one of the furthest left two lanes. At the first set of lights, the left two lanes turn onto Capilano Road. Follow Capilano Road as it continues northbound, passing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Capilano Dam, until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
From Highway #1
Take the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) westbound across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows Bridge) to North Vancouver and take the Capilano Road Exit. Turn right onto Capilano Road and head northbound until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
View a map of Driving directions to BCMC Trail.
Transit Access to BCMC Trail
From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and transfer at Lonsdale Quay onto bus #236 to Grouse Mountain. This bus will take you directly to the base of Grouse Mountain where the trail starts.
People travelling from East Vancouver or Burnaby may find it easier to take a bus to the Phibbs Exchange bus loop in North Vancouver and then take bus #232 to Grouse Mountain.
Dogs at BCMC Trail
Dogs are permitted on the BCMC trail, however are not allowed on the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Therefore, if you hike up the trail with your dog, you must also hike back down as well.
Toilets at BCMC Trail
There are bathroom facilities at the bottom near the Grouse Mountain Gondola and at the top in the Chalet. There are no toilets on the trail.
Other trails located in the The North Shore region:
Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
Brothers Creek Loop
Capilano Pacific Trail
Hanes Valley Trail
Little Goat Mountain
St Mark's Summit
Two Canyon Loop