Grueling Grouse Grind

We had heard about the Grouse Grind from a friend who had pushed her way to the top. We spontaneously asked GG to watch the kids in the AM while Gary and I hiked straight up Grouse Mountain for approx 2 miles. Appropriately called Nature’s Stairmaster…it is one way straight up, no downhill hiking due to safety. Basically, once you start, there is no turning back. Just a tad intimidating, to say the least. We got there a little before 8 am and started up the mountain. Pretty quickly you realize how difficult this is going to be. Thankfully everyone you pass or that passes you is breathing just as heavy as you are…we were all in this together. The view from the top is so worth it.

 

This photo was snapped halfway…I was breathless and not 100% sure I was gonna make it to the top! Whew!

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Pretty proud of our 1:15 time. I will state here that Gary would have made it in less time had I not slowed him down and if he had a better backpack for the hike.

The best view comes after the hardest climb. – Unknown

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