Dam Mt Thdbir­d Ridge Snowshoe

This event is accessed easily by transit - see below.

This is a total distance of approximately 7kms 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. Alternatively you can join the BCMC hike immediately before this one. The cost for a single ride download pass is $10.

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 and Thunderbird Ridge

Total Distance: 7 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

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.

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.

SAFETY: Please understand that this is a group event, which means you must stay with the group, look out for other members of the group (although we are all ultimately responsible for our own safety) and do what the group is doing. Wandering off, not paying attention the where the group is, charging off ahead to the point where we never see you again or stopping to take photos for half an hour are all good things to when you’re on your own, but not when you’re with a group! This isn’t to say we all need to follow along like lemmings on the trail, but we do need to regroup often and let someone else know if you’re stopping for a bathroom break, or going ahead etc. Also, if you are ahead, please wait at any intersections or points in the trail where you’re unsure of where to go. There is safety in numbers (this is especially relevant in winter) and why group events are a good idea – if it’s not your idea of fun, please don’t join!

Level of fitness: Please ensure that you are fit enough to join these events. All require a good level of cardio, stamina and strength as there is usually steep, long uphill sections on most hikes and you will need to be able to keep up to the group.

PLEASE! No guests (have people join if they want to come – its simple!), no kids and no dogs – thanks!

Please bring the following:

Hiking Boots and snowshoes
Poles if you use them
Headlamp and spare batteries
Water-proof/ wind-resistant Jacket
Layered Clothing
First aid supplies
Change of clothing
Camera !
Your happy self! (leave your grumpy self at home)
10 Essentials


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 half 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. Also, please make every effort to get to a convenient pick up place for your driver!

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


Please be aware that BC Outdoor Adventures is not a professional organization and although the organizers make every possible effort to ensure the safety of event participants, the volunteers leading events are not professional guides. We are simply taking advantage of the Meetup organization and using Meetup as a way of bringing like minded individuals together to share in an enjoyable outdoor experience.
BC Outdoor Adventures is run entirely by volunteers (no financial remuneration is accepted/collected from members) 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, 10 essentials etc.) and that you will be physically able to take part in the event. Also please be aware that risks are inherent in all of the outdoor type activities that we take part in and if you are injured or worse, BC Outdoor Adventures, or your event organizer, cannot be held responsible in any way. 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 RSVP’ing "yes" for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a flyover from the military SAR guys looking for Tom Billings as we were descending from Dam. They were searching down in the Crown Creek area but probably came up to check us out when they saw our headlights. Our FLIR signature (4 hot bodies) didn't match that of a lost Brit so they headed back to the creek.

    December 6, 2013

  • Lynda

    Hi Bill: it would be much appreciated if you would tell me what the trail is like up to Dam and then along to Thunderbird? Are snowshoes necessary or can it be hiked with crampons only? I have heard conflicting reports on the amount of snow and the webcam for Grouse shows lots of bare spots - sometimes snowshoes can be overkill for an experienced hiker.

    December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's not enough snow for snowshoes up there right now. We all used micro-spikes and they worked very well on the hard snow. We encountered some bare patches too.

      December 6, 2013

  • Fedja

    Beautiful crisp clear evening and not another soul on the trails. Thanks Bill for organizing. It was nice to meet you Ed and Raylene.

    December 5, 2013

  • Paul

    Yes... I'll be driving back through the downtown core on my way to Cambie and 16th. I can drop you off near the Burrard Skytrain station entrance.

    November 22, 2013

    • Grazyna

      Great, I'll see you on Wednesday. Graz.

      November 22, 2013

    • Paul

      Sorry, can't make it. I have to attend an important meeting at 6pm in central Vancouver. I tried to reschedule but couldn't.

      December 3, 2013

  • Sara

    Sorry, I was called to work tomorrow.

    December 3, 2013

  • Grazyna

    I was called to work and won't be able to make it. I'm sorry. Graz.

    November 28, 2013

  • Lynda

    I had to cancel due to another engagement, work :((( I'm so disappointed. Hope I can join this hike another time.

    November 26, 2013

  • carol A.

    Sorry, I forgot about a previous appointment.

    November 24, 2013

  • Grazyna

    It would be awesome to car pool with somebody after the event. Can anybody provide me with a ride to Lonsdale Quay or Burrard SkyTrain? Thanks. Graz.

    November 22, 2013

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