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  • On foot from Eglinton to Redway.
    some fresh work, one bit on a semi-blind S-bend with a water hazard. Heads up if you can’t see around corners!
    sadly losing an edge to the river nearish the N end, at the classic high-speed-S-bend-with-a-root-in-the-middle. The exit berm heading northbound ends in a wheeltrap (or plummet) to the river below.…[Read more]

  • On foot through Beaver Flats / Cat / RJ / PA / BOT loop this morning. All good to go! The Swamp is really, really swampy. Red ants are drowned out of their homes and wandering everywhere so careful where you sit and/or lay your backpack. First mosquito bites of the year (20+) – Ground Zero for those hungry buggers is Climbmax and surrounding area.…[Read more]

  • This is a full saturation rain event complete with small rivers on fall line trails (Vanderhoof) and DEEP puddles on the flat ones. Maybe Saturday?

    These are the trails I’ve been referring to as Mid-West. But why not west? At the north end of the Flats the Don River forks into its East and West branches. I kinda thought everything along each…[Read more]

  • On foot through the mid-West this morning. Trails are near-mint so if showers are light (or absent) riding should be outstanding today and tomorrow. Not sure if the Swamp is ever going to drain this year…

  • Weather report called for showers today but it rained A LOT. No point in being the early bird on Monday – sleep late, make a nice brunch, call Loretta, and hopefully conditions will be good in the afternoon.

    Some fresh work on Climbmax by the mucky doubles be greasy so heads up!

  • If you haven’t been out riding, you should – conditions are pretty darn good. The few remaining wet spots are firming up and some are getting a more permanent rock armour fix. Lots more green on trees so sight lines are decreasing. Mosquitoes are still AWOL, but not for long. Please post up any trail issues you encounter.

    A few things:
    1.…[Read more]

  • On foot in the mid-West Don this morning. Definitely way less rain than expected but the ground is still super-saturated. High trails are greasy but drying out quickly.. Low trails are sopping wet in way too many spots for anyone to be on them.

    One benefit of all this rain is that the ground is supremely workable… it just so happens that If…[Read more]

  • That is some sweet rock armouring! Paving out wet spots with “locally sourced” stone has successfully dealt with several active drainages and perma-weeps in the Don and made entire sections of trail rideable sooner. Theoretically the rock should help keep the trail narrow, but I’m always stunned by how many people the stones and back into the…[Read more]

  • Changed my mind. Second hand trail report suggests things should be OK this afternoon, especially now that no showers are expected. Use good judgement on the lower trails & stay on the rock armouring. Get out there while the gettin’ is good!

  • Not looking good – the ground is fully saturated in the valley so trails are unlikely to dry up even if the sun pops out tomorrow (Wednesday).

    All the rain expected Thursday to Saturday will be a significant setback and may cause flooding on Boo / Beaver Flats, and the Flats & DJ’s – the underpasses could be under water! Sunday’s annual Paddle…[Read more]

  • Lots of rain yesterday but the trails / plants are soaking it up rapidly. Late afternoon/evening will be good to go but expect a few greasy spots.

    Progress has been made on the significant wet spots on the Swamp and SHT. Stay on the rock and you won’t have to wash your bike! Many thanks to whoever cleared the log & stick dam on SHT.

    Coyote on…[Read more]

  • So good! – maintaining “under the track” access to the Flats is key to peaceful coexistence with Metrolinx – @YELLA-ONE knows this better than anyone. Please remember:
    1. use the underpasses!
    2. be seen or beside the tracks by any railway employee.
    3. !
    4. Consider a Loblaws gift card to say thanks to the not-so-grumpy-or-old troll under the…[Read more]

  • Yes it rained A LOT on Thursday and drizzled some more on Friday but the trails are drying out nicely. Take your time getting out today as it is way colder than it looks! Trails higher up the side slope are nearing perfect tackiness (Cat, PA & BOT are awesome) but those near the bottom are definitely greasy in spots. Thirsty plants are drinking it…[Read more]

  • Currently awesome trail conditions but gonna be nasty by day’s end. So 4/20 itself won’t be great for riding, but the weekend is looking fantastic. See y’all on Saturday @ 11. One thing, however:

    FYI – The trails in Crothers Woods are managed by the City of Toronto and trail users should report the issue (311, then post here to say it’s been…[Read more]

  • Great day to be out and about. I ignored my own advice and checked out all trails in the West Don late this afternoon (except Crothers -). While a few significant but short-lived muddy spots remain on the Swamp and SHT, the rest of the trails are 99% good to go. The Don is coming alive – trout lilies, wild leeks, mayapples, trilliums and ferns all…[Read more]

  • Ridge drainages are all tuned up and good to go. Crothers was highly variable two days ago with lengthy soggy areas. Still no reports on 5play (if that’s what it’s called) and the East Don (Motown, Training Loop, Quads, etc). Looks like tomorrow and/or Monday could be great days to get out. Consider starting the season right by re-greasing your…[Read more]

  • On foot this morning in the West Don starting at the Swamp and heading north.

    : BRUTAL up to Eglinton bridge. This is always the last trail to dry out. Toe-kicked lots of drainage.
    : two significant wet spots.
    : BRUTAL in the middle.
    – wow, good to go. Asylum climb is greatly modified – a more interesting line for sure. G-spot had a bench-cut…[Read more]

  • March Mudness in full effect. All low spots are susceptible to lasting damage; ruts just delay how long it’ll take to dry out. Outside edges on steeper trails are soft and easy to slice right off. 4/20 is still 3 weeks away, and this winter wasn’t that much of an outlier. Patience.

    There is, in my opinion, one trail open 24-7-365 in the Don: the…[Read more]

  • Fantastic conditions early this morning on a full West Don tour. Freezing in the wind but pleasant down in the valley; warm enough to start melting south facing trails by 10 am! As always, start early if it’s gonna be sunny.

    Fence beneath Millwood Bridge is definitely next level but still no Trump Wall – mildly inconvenient to get around but no…[Read more]

  • Mixed bag this morning. Trails are well-packed but highly variable: grippy crust, soft snow, super-smooth ice, and icy ruts, all depending on exposure. Parts of the paved path are deadly. Studs for sure if you go.

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