Abby Grind – Table of Contents
- Hike Introduction
- Hike Statistics
- Map and Elevation
- Abby Grind Video
- Hiking Route Description
- Directions and Parking
- Hike rating
- Free PDF Download
- 360° Photosphere
Abby Grind Hike Intro
The Abby Grind (or Abbotsford Grind) is a popular hiking trail for fitness. It is often referred to as ‘Abbotsford’s version of the Grouse Grind’, and it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top at a solid pace.
Aside from fitness, the trail is enjoyable and there is a rocky bluff with a nice lookout over the Fraser Valley at the top. The Abby Grind is a great spot to break up a long drive on Highway 1 with hike.
The Abby Grind Trail is the beginning portion of the Glen Ryder Trail, which continues on to the top of Taggart Peak.
Abby Grind Hike Stats
Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 405 m
Highest Point: 439 m
Time Needed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Dogs Allowed: Yes, on leash
Est. Driving Time from Vancouver: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Trailhead Coordinates: 49.080568, -122.159866
Abby Grind Hike Map and Elevation
Abby Grind Video
Abbotsford Grind Hiking Route
The trail begins by the large gravel parking lot just beyond the Abbotsford Fish & Game Club (directions). The trailhead is easy to find from the parking lot, where it heads up into the trees. Depending on the time of day, you’ll hear the loud gunshots from the shooting range as you begin the hike. The gunshots will fade away as you walk up the trail.
The trail begins climbing immediately and continues to climb at a steady rate. As you begin to hike up the dirt trail, there aren’t any trail markers but the route is clearly defined.
The trail is not overly difficult or covered with tree roots, but the steady uphill grade will quickly get your heart rate up.
As you climb, you will begin to see obstructed views through the trees, south towards the highway. The trail is mostly shaded by the trees but some sunlight will seep through on sunny days.
After about 10 minutes, or 400 m, you will come to the ¼ marker.
After about 20 minutes, you will come to a marker in a tree that reads ‘km-view’’. There is a clearing here with a nice view of the farmland and residential areas below.
Just beyond the lookout, the trail climbs up sharply, and a tree in the middle of the trail is marked with the ½ marker. This is the steepest section of the hike.
At the top of this steep section, the trail keeps climbing, but at the previous, more gradual, grade.
The trail will turn west and there will be another steep section at about 1.3 km into the hike. The trail then levels out somewhat as it follows the highway west towards Vancouver.
After roughly 30 minutes you should hit the ¾ marker. There is a fork here, and you can go either way, as the trails join back together. The trail switches back and starts climbing up again.
From here, it’s just a matter of pushing up the final 400 m to the lookout.
From the summit you have a nice view of Abbotsford and its place in the Fraser Valley.
From the lookout area, the trail continues along the Glen Ryder Trail to the summit of Taggart Peak. Taggart Peak is a roughly 12 km, 6-hour hike (an additional 4 km one-way from the Abby Grind lookout), on a narrower, lesser-travelled trail.
Once you’ve enjoyed the views from the top of the Abby Grind (and your legs have recovered), turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot. The trail is steep, so bringing hiking poles may be helpful for the way down. If the dirt is dry, footing can be tricky on the steeper sections, so take your time on the way back.
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Directions and Parking
Take the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 east, over the Port Mann Bridge. In Abbotsford, take exit 95 for Whatcom Road. Take the overpass over the highway and turn right on N Parallel Rd. N Parallel Rd will turn into Eldridge Rd. Turn right, back onto N Parallel Rd. Finally, turn left onto McDermott Rd and follow it to the large gravel parking area.
Google Map directions are here.
Outdoor Vancouver and Reader’s Hike Rating
Variety of the terrain - 70%
Views and scenery - 70%
Not too crowded - 60%
Overall 'fun factor' - 65%
The Abby Grind is a great option for anyone in the area wanting to get in a solid workout. For older kids that can manage the incline, it is also a nice family outing as the overall distance is relatively low.
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Good for fitness
Can reach a nice lookout in under an hour
Close to gun range
Views are partially-obstructed at the top