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‘The best way to start the day’: Grouse Grind opens for the summer season

WATCH: It's opening day for the popular Grouse Grind and the hiking trail is already getting some heavy use.

North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind officially opened for the season Friday morning.

A small crowd of excited hikers was gathered at the gate for the 6:15 a.m. opening.

“I didn’t get around to it last year,” Chris So said. “I think that’s one of the reasons that I wanted to get my first one in, get some momentum.”

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“But I just like starting the day off up here — it’s nice and cool, fresh air.”

Metro Vancouver completed seasonal maintenance on the popular 2.5-kilometre trail, including rock scaling and danger tree removal, ahead of schedule.

Metro Vancouver says staff were able to take advantage of good weather to get the work done early.

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“It’s just the best way to start the day,” Braden Parker said. “You get up to the top — amazing view, just a good way to get rid of some stress.”

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The steep trail, which was completed in 1983, sees hikers climb more than 850 metres and up 2,830 stairs.

Would-be hikers are being reminded to be well prepared with water and proper shoes if they intend to tackle the trail.

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