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  • The Don at its best – the trails/colours are not to be missed. Get out there!

    PA – someone has made the little jump prior to the BUMP jump more safe. You’ll see πŸ˜‰

    BOT – another 25 cm tree leaning across the trail just around the first corner. Stay low and you can ride under this one but try to pop that wee lip and you’ll likely decapitate yourself!

  • On foot this drizzly morning.

    Beaver Flats – there’s a replacement bridge for the broken tapering one. I’d say new bridge, but look closely and you’ll see wood salvaged from at least three other defunct features – bonus points if you can name them. Rock solid though. Fall colours around Doobatorium are spectacular.

    Catalyst – the broken bridge…[Read more]

  • mcbain replied to the topic Salmon in the forum THE DON VALLEY 1 week, 2 days ago

    I haven’t seen any yet this year but this weekend is supposed to be the start of the run. As above, the fish ladder adjacent the paved path just north of Pottery is awesome but busy with other humans. The West fork waterfall at the top of the Flats is a BIG jump for the fish so super impressive, but most go East. Last year one got stuck on the…[Read more]

  • Forgot to say thanks to Edward Scissorhands for the most excellent haircut on Rim Job, north Beaver Flats, and PA at the “BUMP”. Much needed and much appreciated!

  • Some fallen lumber after yesterday’s windstorm. Redway to Cricket Tree has been cleared of 99.9% debris (so N Crothers, Ridge, Flats, & Topo). The rest of the West Don was rideable but it’s highly likely to pick up sticks in wheels and drivetrains. A few more trees are hanging above the trail (BOT!) but the only obstruction we encountered was two…[Read more]

  • On foot in the mid-west this morning. Trails have a few puddles and slick spots but the Don-crete shed most of the rain. Some updates:

    Ridge – new work is indeed soft so watch your front end. Remember the corner with the concrete slabs with rebar poking out? Soft (but rebar has been cut off ).

    Beaver Flats – tree down across the trail just north…[Read more]

  • Great conditions over the weekend and, apparently, later this week. A few notes:

    Ridge – that was a Stewardship event on Saturday and a bunch of much-needed work got done. Heads up around the middle (sorry, hard to explain) where a literal ton of dirt and rock was moved to improve flow, drainage, and fun – it’ll be soft after all of this rain!…[Read more]

  • West Don Crothers to 4play in great shape early this afternoon (but didn’t ride Climbmax, Bunny, Dirt Farm or the Flats).

    Boo – one 30+ cm tree blocking the trail by the circle parking lot (close to Pedro & Napoleon Dynamite’s sweet jump).

  • SSHT – trees are out of the way so all clear
    Rehab trails, Smith’s Edge/Roller Flowster (S.E.R.F.?), 4play all in great condition

  • Muggy and a bit buggy this morning but most of last night’s downpour is already in the ground. Should be great tonight.

    SHT – all good
    SSHT – two 20-25 cm trees down across the trail. One at very north end by the fence gap, the other a little further south-ish/downriver by the S-bricks. Also sad to see the decapitation of the deity πŸ™
    Woods…[Read more]

  • Beaver Flats – trees at south end and 2/3 up have been cleared. I can’t confirm but I’m guessing that the tree on Boo by the washrooms is gone too. Thank you masked man!

    Catalyst – some pretty hefty rock work was done to replace a failing bridge. Well done is an understatement. Good to see that trail getting some much needed love!

    Flats – Hydro…[Read more]

  • Some new work in Crothers near the Poo Plant courtesy of yesterday’s Stewardship event. Just east of Redway Road:

    1. The rotting log filter at the entrance to the “Harder” line just east of Redway Rd has been rebuilt out of rock. Longtime riders may remember the challenging logpile that used to guard the entrance.

    2. Nearby on the descending…[Read more]

  • Trails are great. bugs are reasonable. Get out there!
    Boo – 30 cm tree branch across trail @ washrooms still there but with ridearound.
    Beaver Flats – 25 cm tree across trail just north of bridge-of-changing-width and south of the turns-through-the-ferns.

    Lost my watch while pruning Boo between Lung Cancer Canada rock @ north end and road…[Read more]

  • As above, great conditions for the foreseeable future. Some additional notes:
    Beaver Flats is rideable end-to-end again, with just a few small greasy spots at the two washouts.
    SSHT – tree across trail is clear.
    Boo – hefty branch spanning trail near the washrooms. Bust out the CX dismount!

    @GeeZeeRider if the raccoon was a slow moving zombie…[Read more]

  • Pretty awesome conditions if you can handle the heat! A few seasonal reminders:

    Disappearing:
    1. Sight lines – ring a bell or call out (chances are the person around the corner has earbuds, but at least you tried!)
    2. Places to find water in the parks system???

    Reappearing:
    1. Stinging nettle & poison ivy – just about everywhere, and already…[Read more]

  • Walked bits of the northwest this morning. Still greasy spots on high lines, wet spots on the low ones, but all drying up quickly. Afternoon should be good enough for a rip. Monday is still THE DAY.

    Lose a phone? Found one this morning in Woods Gundy that seemed pretty dry considering (but currently buried in rice anyway). Sticker in phone case…[Read more]

  • Oh it’s wet. With complete ground saturation and leaf cover holding the humidity it’ll take some time (and wind) to dry out. Sleep in Sunday but I suspect it’ll still be greasy. Monday will be THE DAY.

    I’d give Beaver Flats a pass at least until Monday. The steep slide-y section with the bridges has seen some realignment but the trail is mostly…[Read more]

  • West Don trails are clear of trees – our collective thanks go out to The Man. Conditions are ideal, scenery is spectacular. Get out there!

  • Great conditions but continue to watch out for deadfall. On foot through BOT – PA – RJ – Cat – Beaver Flats. I’m guessing someone already went through and cleared most of the sticks so thanks for that. There are a few bigger ticket items:

    Cat: one tree across trail (can probably be dragged downhill with muscle and care!)
    Beaver Flats: 4 trees acr…[Read more]

  • Crazy wind storm #3 of 2018. Beautiful in there but watch your drivetrain!

    On foot Saturday morning Vanderhoof – Swamp – WG – SHT – Rehab stuff – Roller Flowster – 1st leg of 4play clearing deadfall.

    Here’s what’s left to be done in this area:
    WG: <30 cm ash across trail at highest point
    SHT: <30 cm ash across wee boulder drop feature near S…[Read more]

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