Spring may be just around the corner, but we’re far from ideal hiking weather.
Two women figured that out pretty quickly after getting stuck on the Grouse Grind trail Saturday afternoon just after 1:15 p.m., which is currently closed to the public.
District of North Vancouver assistant fire chief Brian Hutchinson says the Grind is shut down for a reason.
“It is a fairly treacherous trail at the best of times and we’re also still in the middle of winter, and we’re encouraging, as we always do, anyone heading out onto the local trails to ensure that they’re properly attired.”
He says winter conditions are heavy on the trail, as existing snow has mixed with weekend rain.
Both hikers were in good enough shape to walk to the top of the trail for rescuers to locate them.
Hutchinson says neither were injured, just suffering from cold and wet conditions.
“Adhering to the trail closure probably would’ve prevented this incident from occurring… It could’ve turned out a lot better if they were properly attired they wouldn’t have felt the need to call 9-1-1.”
The rescue concluded by 2 p.m.
Hutchinson says people hiking closed trails like this is a rarity, mainly because there are various other trails open on the North Shore that could be used instead.