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Lucas from Surrey writes:

I decided to do this hike after completing the Grouse Grind on August 28, 2022. It says easy, but I would consider the hike to be more on the intermediate side. I would only consider the first 10-15 minutes to be easy. The rest are more of up and downhills to get to Thunderbird Ridge trail, mixed with more of rugged trail. It does get a bit easier once you reach the Thunderbird trail, as the trail becomes less intense. The trail however does remain to be up and downhill nature. Once you reach the trail, you can explore the trail and the trail area, as the area seems to be very open and provides enough space for you to explore around (just make sure to keep track of where the trail markers are). Once you reach the top of the cliff, you can overlook the Kennedy Lake and it is worth seeing. I went alone and the area was free of people and I found it very peaceful. If any negative that I found is that the trail markers for going back was not as clear as arriving to the trail. I got lost for good 10 minutes around the zip line dead-end. I looped around the area in circles until I was able find a small trail marker tied to a tiny bush. That almost got me lost, haha. This is not necessarily a negative, but I have found dried bear feces in the area. I haven't seen any bears during my hike, but remain weary of potential bear sightings if you were to do this hike. I would recommend people to go in pairs or groups out of precaution for this reason (unlike me lol). Overall, if you still have the energy to move around after doing the Grouse Grind, this is a nice addition to your hike. Not too easy, not too hard, and you are awarded with a quiet and lively view. I believe I took around 3 hours which included 30 minutes lunch break.

Note: bring bug spray, a lot of flying bugs follows you around.

    Posted: September 21, 2022 02:36:55 PM PST

    AM from Vancouver writes:

    Be careful - encountered a black bear today that was not afraid of humans or loud noises (yelling, banging, etc.) about three feet off the path eating blueberries.

      Posted: September 1, 2018 05:40:55 PM PST

      Baiba from Vancouver writes:

      The reason why people say the trail isn't easy is because to get to it you need to take the Alpine trail which is intermediate. However, with a little training/hiking experience I had I enjoyed the trail (Alpine) as it was all natural. End of Thunderbird Ridge trail is a great spot to have lunch/picnic. Be aware of bears, I encountered two while on the trail, make sure to carry either a bell or a horn, I had to improvise with Spotify and clapping :)

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        Posted: September 19, 2017 10:32:33 AM PST

        Steve from Surrey writes:

        This was a great hike with beautiful views but I felt compelled to share that in no way should the hike be considered easy. The trail is constantly rolling over rocks, roots, trees, down loose slopes, etc. Even the signage is challenging. This didn't make the hike any less enjoyable, it was great. It could be dangerous to consider it easy though. Also, total distance was in excess of 9km from the chalet versus the 6km it suggests.

          Posted: August 6, 2017 08:52:09 PM PST

          Sam Chow from Vancouver writes:

          It's hard to find some signs. Be careful of this sign because it gives a wrong way(it should be left); however, the scenery is so beautiful and it is worth to visit.

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            Posted: July 30, 2017 11:01:22 PM PST

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