Dam Mountain/Thunderbird­ Ridge Loop Snowshoe

This event is accessed easily by transit - see below.

This is a total distance of approximately 7 kms and should take about 3 hours, depending on conditions.

**Please note that you'll either need a Grouse Mountain pass - a great deal at $99 per year, or pay $39 to ride the Skyride up and down once, or you can go as a guest of someone who has a pass for approx $18. I have a pass and am happy to have up to four people attend as my guest - please let me know if you'd like to do this.

Hike description from Clubtread.

Follow Highway #1 (Trans-Canada) to North Vancouver, taking exit #14 for Capilano Road North. Follow Capilano Road to it's northern end, at the base of the Grouse Mountain Skyride.

Dam Mountain

Statistics
Total Distance: 7.5 km (return)
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Average Grade: 10.4%
Structure: Loop - Partial
Elevation Gain: 264 m
Start Elevation: 1085 m
Max Elevation: 1349 m
Directions

Follow Highway #1 (Trans-Canada) to North Vancouver, taking exit #14 for Capilano Road North. Follow Capilano Road to it's northern end, at the base of the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Both pay parking as well as free parking along Capilano Road is available.

The 232 and 236 busses operate to the Grouse Mountain parking lot daily. For bus schedules and information, visit the Translink website.
Details

Route starts from the Grouse Alpine Area kiosk which is 1.2 km from the skyride. Moderately difficult route going up the south side of Dam Mountain, then along the ridge; steeper and slippier going down the north side back to the alpine trail. There are many side trails - follow the flagging. Views face westward over the Capilano watershed.

Please bring the following:

Hiking Boots and snowshoes
Poles if you use them
Water/Wind proof jacket
Layered Clothing
Water
Food
First aid
Change of clothing
Camera

Your happy self!
10 Essentials

Carpooling:

Please carpool to events whenever possible. The high cost of gas and maintaining a vehicle make this a very sensible option for vehicle owners and allows those without a car to get to the events. While vehicle owners are free to set their own reasonable fee for carpooling, it is typically suggested that passengers offer the driver $5.00 per hour of driving (includes mileage and vehicle wear & tear). Please state in your RSVP whether you can offer a ride or need a ride, and where you will be coming from. Passengers, please ensure you show up on time and bring an extra bag for wet/muddy footwear and clothing.

Please do not leave carpooling arrangements until the last minute – you, not the event organizer, are responsible for arranging your own carpooling to events. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Disclaimer:

Please note that BC Outdoor Adventures not a professional organization and the people leading events are not professional guides. BC Outdoor Adventures is run by volunteers and is dependent on the active participation of members. It is expected that you will show up to events prepared (first aid, proper footwear, clothing etc.) and that you will be physically able to take part in the event. The success of each event depends on the cooperation & efforts of every member who participates. Although we always make an effort to look out for one another, to the best of our ability, each of us is nevertheless responsible for our own safety and well-being during every event. By RSVPing "yes" for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms.

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  • Brenda

    Thank you Albee for a wonderful day up in the snow & sunshine! Awesome 'facilitation' & a great m-o-d-e-r-a-t-e pace! (lol :-)) Wonderful group to share the day with! :-)

    November 24, 2013

  • Annette C.

    Have been enjoying all the great pics. Lot's of fun and excitement playing cat and mouse with the ski patrol.lol-thanks Albee!

    November 24, 2013

  • Ida

    Thanks Albee & Gang. This event beats going to gym doing push ups and pull ups. It was fun playing in the snow. Looking forward to more snowshoeing ahead.

    November 24, 2013

  • Albee

    Hmmm ,look at those nice pictures of us standing on Dam Man ,oh and by the windmill all with the ok of Grouse Mtn ski patrol ..LOL other than Hana's could be man turning us around at the windmill :p.Was a good day in the snow and welcome to snowshoeing Carol and Denise:), thanx all

    November 24, 2013

    • Hana M.

      Absolutely lovely day....:) thank u Albee....;)

      November 24, 2013

  • Jinkee

    Ait was great hike with a wonderful group of people, thanks Albee for organizing.

    November 24, 2013

  • Sigrid

    Fun playing in the snow and the sun, good group of people, I enjoyed Albee's "specialty" ;)

    November 24, 2013

  • carol A.

    Awesome day in the snow. Great people, fantastic scenery. Thank you, Albee for organizing this event. See you all soon.

    November 24, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I am going to pass this time, maybe new time.

    November 23, 2013

  • Ida

    I have miscrospikes. Do I need to bring snowshoes?

    November 23, 2013

    • Albee

      No Ida ...... :-) .... but bring them in yr car;-)

      November 23, 2013

  • carol A.

    I also have a grouse mountain pass , I'll be outside Starbucks 9:15.
    Do you need micro spikes to attend.

    November 23, 2013

    • Annette C.

      I have a pass as well. That should not be an issue for those that don't have one. (passes are a bargain btw at $95/year) Conditions will be marginal. did the grind this morning and very little snow. Could do it without the spikes. Was thinking will probably be able to do Dam with the spikes. (if it's open)

      November 23, 2013

    • Annette C.

      PS: today was not officially open and if they are revoking passes I won't risk it. Have been caught before. I will do BCMC instead.

      November 23, 2013

  • Albee

    U don't need microspikes ....but just would b easier :-)

    November 23, 2013

  • Renee

    Hi Albee,

    I was on Grouse last night, and wanted to let you know that there is not enough snow yet for snowshoeing to Dam Mountain. As a result, Dam Mountain Snowshoe Trail (SSG) is closed. There are signs there stating that if one proceeds, their Grouse membership will be revoked. There should be enough snow in a couple of weeks for Dam Mountain snowshoe, but not yet. The short trails in the park (Blue Grouse Loop and Whistler Water Way) are open though. Hope this helps,

    Renee

    November 23, 2013

    • Albee

      Thanx .. but I have taken care of it .

      November 23, 2013

    • Albee

      Also if u have microspikes bring them cause it will b hard packed

      November 23, 2013

  • Albee

    To all that have read this the hike is still on ... :-) thanx Albee

    November 23, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Would it be possible to go as a guest on someone's pass? Is there parking available, or could I meet up with someone beforehand?
    Thx.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Albee

    I mean mtn not man ..lol

    November 21, 2013

    • Annette C.

      lol-Dam Man is a good name for it!

      November 21, 2013

    • Alex

      Damn!

      November 21, 2013

  • Albee

    Yes Carol :p

    November 21, 2013

    • carol A.

      Great, I'll let Denise know.

      November 21, 2013

  • Albee

    Hi Annette ,,, just to confirm I just called again to confirm that Dam man is open for the wkd , so we do not have to reschedule , cheers Albee

    November 21, 2013

  • Annette C.

    We may have to reschedule. According to a friend the route to Dam is closed and they are revoking passes for transgressors:) Given the lack of precipitaion in the forecast before Sunday, itl likely won't be open. I am up for a hike up BCMC or the grind as an alternative.

    November 21, 2013

  • Albee

    Of course .. no problem

    November 21, 2013

  • carol A.

    My Niece would like to join us. Is that possible ? If yes, she would have no problem signing up for the group.

    November 21, 2013

  • Yuliya

    Sorry, I have to cancel this time - I hope another person can take my spot!

    November 21, 2013

  • Nadia

    Hi! I am beginner in snowshoeing. Would this hike suitable for me or not?

    November 18, 2013

    • Albee

      If u r fit no problem .... this snowshoe is equivalent to the grouse grind plus some additional flat hiking

      November 19, 2013

    • Nadia

      I have another hike on this day, but I'd like to join your great group next time:) Have a wonderful hike!

      November 20, 2013

  • Yuliya

    Hi Albee, can I be a guest on your Grouse Mountain pass? Thank you!

    November 19, 2013

    • Albee

      Of course ..np

      November 19, 2013

    • Yuliya

      Thank you!

      November 19, 2013

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