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Ontario Mountain Biking Trails – Don Valley Trail Network

March 21, 2013
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Toronto’s Don Valley Trail Network

For decades it was the best kept secret in town. Before that it was a dump. Before that it was a hideout for reprobates. Nowadays it’s a great come-back story and shining example of what Toronto’s MTB community has done over the last 25 years. Toronto’s Don Valley is one of the largest urban trail networks anywhere. With over 70km of intermediate to advanced single track it’s possible to ride all day and not cover it all. The Don Valley’s trails are best described as varied, consisting mainly of smooth and well groomed trail sections, thanks largely to a dedicated army of local volunteer trail builders. The Don is also one of the busiest trail networks you’ll find anywhere, being in the heart of Toronto and popular with not only bikers but runners, hikers, naturalists and dog walkers it has an atmosphere all of its own. Navigation is one of the biggest challenges here. Because of its size the Don has many entrances and multiple off shoots from many of its trails. The good news is that it’s all contained it a fairly narrow ravine so no matter how lost you become salvation is a short climb away. Not to mention the multiple Starbucks, burger joints and beers stores!

If you’re worried about getting lost or just prefer a more social approach to riding these trails there’s group rides starting from Loblaws at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Because the Don Valley’s trails are among the busiest in the world here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you enjoy your visit;

Do;

  • -Share the trails.
  • -Please remember these are multi user trails.
  • -Always give right of way to uphill (climbing) riders, hikers and dog walkers.
  • -Please be an ambassador for your sport.
  • -Be aware of blind corners and govern your speed accordingly.
  • -Keep an eye out on RFG and TORBA’s Facebook pages for trail build days. They’re lots of fun, educational and a great way to give something back.

 

Don’t;

  • -Ride the Don when the trails are wet or muddy.
  • -Lock your back wheel on downhills
  • -Leave garbage behind. Please pack out everything you bring in
  • -Don’t build in Crothers Woods.

 

FAQ;

How do I get there?

  • You can enter the Don from many places. The most popular entrance is the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead in the parking lot of Loblaw’s 14 Redway Road.

Are there maps of the trails?

  • Yes, at the trailheads in Crothers woods you’ll find large maps covering the Crothers Woods area.
  • You may be able to find areas beyond Crothers Woods on Strava.
  • If you prefer a more social way to learn about the Don’s trails you can join the Tuesday or Thursday night (7pm) rides at the Loblaws 14 Redway Road Trailhead. Please note these are intermediate to advanced level rides.

How difficult are the trails?

  • The Don has trails for all levels but, you must now your limits to remain safe. You can ride into advanced sections or features without being aware of them. There are very few warning signs.

Is it just for XC bikes?

  • Nope, In addition to XC and All Mountain trails, the don has paved paths, dirt jumps and a few short runs for DH riders.

Isn’t the Don dirty and smelly?

  • Although there are some trouble spots the Don is pretty clean and getting cleaner all the time thanks to community clean up days hosted by the Toronto Off Road Bicycling Association (TORBA) and CoT efforts to stop polluters.

 

Useful links:

Daily Trail conditions in the Don:  http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/topic/daily-trail-conditions-in-the-don/
Tuesday Trail Ride:  http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/topic/tuesday-trail-ride/
Thursday Trail Ride:  http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=28410

TRAIL STATS
Trail Length70 KM
Trail LevelFor intermediate and advanced riders
Trail TypeSingletrack with technical features
Trail MapPosted at Crothers Woods Trailheads
Access feeNo Cost
LOCATION
Closest TownToronto
GPSLatitude : 43.697896
Longitude: -79.360031
WeatherToronto Islands
MAP

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CONTACT INFO
Namen/a
Phonen/a
Emailn/a
Websitehttp://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/forum/riding/greater-toronto-area/the-don-valley/
HOURS / SEASONS
Hours of Operation 24-7
SeasonOpen year round (Check Conditions here: http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/topic/daily-trail-conditions-in-the-don/)

 

Riding Feels Good has compiled this information and ensured its accuracy to the best our ability at the time of posting (see date at top). We recommend contacting the facilities directly prior to a ride to ensure it is up to date. We will do our best to update it as regularly as possible but rely on users like you to monitor it and provide corrections and any additional information.

If you have something you would like to add or see a correction that needs to be made, please contact us.

If you have ridden here, please share your experience with a comment bellow.

Happy trails.

 

Timothy Charles is a Toronto, Ontario based professional trail builder and founder of the Toronto Off Road Bicycling Association (TORBA). Timothy is passionate about mountain biking and has been leading Tuesday and Thursday group rides in the Don Valley since 2007.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review!!

  2. Well done Timothy. Thanks to all the builders who have made the Don what it is. We are so lucky to have trails like these in our backyards.

  3. Aerial maps, Strava maps, don’t do it justice. It is quite a remarkable place. Whether you are looking to reconnect with nature, explore history or just see how hard you can punish your body, the trails will keep you coming back.

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