To whom it may concern,
I am writing you today on behalf of the Friends of the Green Grind. Five years ago, my husband and I decided to explore the trail for ourselves after hearing such great things about it. We were so pleasantly surprised to find the challenging up hill climb, combined with the beauty and peacefulness of the forest. We invited friends to join us and arranged a schedule of three times a week to climb the hill together. We met frequently, joined by family members, pets and out of town friends who all enjoyed the trail with us. My husband started timing himself and used the trail as a fitness challenge, as did many in our group. I enjoyed walking up the trail at a steady pace, enjoying the conversations around me, as well as stopping to admire the ferns and moss growing on the mighty trees and the wild flowers growing along the path.
We have enjoyed reading the log book that is tucked in a space at the top of the grind. People have commented on the birds they have seen, the weather and even named each wild flower they saw. We loved to comment in the book ourselves, sometimes recording how long it took to go up, or to report the highlights of the things we experienced.
We have come across many hikers through the years. We have seen the same people, with their dogs by their side, and have met new people, some with small children, some with walking sticks and some running up and down for the 5th time in a row, as they train for various trail runs. One year we even welcomed in the New Year, with a small campfire, nestled in the snow and the full moon shining above us.
The trail meets the needs of young and old, fitness fanatics and nature lovers. I would love to see improvements made to the trail, especially the extension out to Harrison, as proposed by the Bear Mountain Trail Society. Please feel free to check out my Facebook page, The Agassiz Green Grind, which has received many “likes” and has beautiful photography to show off all its beauty, walking up our hill.