The Cloudbase grind is a difficult uphill hiking route northeast of Pemberton that can be likened to Vancouver’s Grouse Grind in its intensity. The point-to-point trail climbs sharply uphill through the forest to provide amazingly scenic views over the valley from a paragliding launch point. Make sure to bring lots of water for this leg burner of a trail.
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Route Description for Cloudbase Grind
The Cloudbase Grind is a short 2.4 km hiking route north of Pemberton that climbs sharply uphill from the banks of the Lillooet River to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the valley. Originally created as an access route for paragliders to reach their launch point, the route is also used as a point-to-point hiking route and should not be attempted as a downhill bike trail due to the steep grade.
This hike is similar to Vancouver’s famous Grouse Grind in that it packs quite a large elevation gain of 534 m into a very short distance. Due to the trail’s steepness, this route is not recommended for young or beginner hikers, and those looking to utilize the trail should make sure to wear proper hiking footwear. This trail is a bit tough on the legs, but the views from the top are definitely worth the effort.
Getting to the Cloudbase Grind Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for the Cloudbase Grind from Pemberton, drive northeast on Aspen Blvd for 280 m and turn right onto Oak St. Continue for 400 m, where you will make a left onto Urdal Road. Finding the parking area on your right, you’ll then travel on foot to reach the trailhead. Follow the path to the east to cross over the river. After making your way over the bridge, take the first trail to the left to make your way along the Mackenzie Basin Loop, where you’ll find the Cloudbase Grind trailhead in roughly 600 m.
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