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Multi-Million Upgrade Turns Coquitlam Crunch Into Grouse Grind Alternative

Coquitlam Crunch Trail

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As one of the most popular trails in Metro Vancouver, the Coquitlam Crunch Trail challenges visitors with its steep incline.

Moreover, the demanding trek is also very beautiful. With panoramic vistas of the surrounding area, it provides hikers with a beautiful backdrop to their workout. You may even encounter an inquisitive deer!

Of course, it isn’t quite as daunting as the Grouse Grind. For one, it doesn’t include a full day of hiking, and therefore it isn’t quite as exhausting. With that in mind, it is still a 2.2 km long climb with over 240 metres in elevation change. So, it isn’t exactly a piece of cake, either.

With that being said, a recent upgrade to the trail will make the ordeal more challenging. On July 24th, it will feature two sets of stairs that include over 890 steps. As a result, people wanting a more imposing workout may do the stairs as a loop circuit – whew!

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Coquitlam Crunch Trail


The first phase, which is completed, cost approximately $2.5 million. Now, this second phase, which will commence this year, will cost roughly $1.5 million. Afterwards, a third first is expected to cost approximately $3 million and will be completed by 2023.

The Coquitlam Crunch provides a recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats; however, it isn’t the most scenic hike in the Lower Mainland. It follows hydro lines, for example, and large electrical towers with menacing warnings on them.

But, for those looking for a heart-pumping outdoor adventure in the city, this is it! It is far more accessible than some of the more awe-inspiring hikes in BC, and it is still nicer than the gym. Also, it provides epic vantages of the city.


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