July 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm #811434
North loop is now mostly free of branches from Rathburn to Matheson, there’s a couple spots I need to redo since I didn’t hack them back far enough the first time. Still a ton of brush & undergrowth to take out, it’s slow going for me since I don’t have the proper tools for that job.
Also, the BMX track at Centennial Park is now open.July 6, 2016 at 8:08 am #811438
Thank you @aerius for work. Every bit helps for keeping the trail open.
Yes the underbrush is a major pain. I recently invested in both a McLeod and a Pulaski and they are awesome for clearing that stuff.
Do what you can with what you got and we all get to enjoy the benifets. Thanks again.
Attachments:July 18, 2016 at 12:57 am #811548
Excellent conditions this weekend. Tons of traction and cooler temps made for an awesome ride.
I haven’t ridden much in the last few weeks and everything is looking great.
South of Dundas is flowing great and the Matheson loop looks like a riding lawnmower went through it. lol
All the work does not go unappreciated, thanks again for everyone’s hard work!!July 18, 2016 at 9:30 am #811551
Agreed, trails are maybe the best I have ever seen them, which is greatly due to @braindamaged ‘s hard work. I went into the Matheson loop yesterday with my brush hook but found an already perfectly trimmed trail. If we now just ride that section a bit wide, taking more trials to each side, it will really help for upcoming years.
Few things, I cam across on my ride:
The trail entrance at Burnhamthorpe is closed off due to some sort of sidewalk repair. You can get around it however or enter from further to the west.
There is a trees down on the east side between Burnhamthorpe and Rathburn. Between the stairs we ride along to climb out to residential area and Burhamthopre. It’s a bad one as it’s hidden and at ankle height. I almost busted my foot on it. I only had shears and the brush hook yesterday so was not able to cut it. Tried to pull it off the trail but it was too large. Pic attached.
Thanks again for your efforts @braindamaged I am PM’ing you now about coordinating future efforts.
Attachments:July 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm #811565
I cleared these branches today so all clear.July 22, 2016 at 11:43 am #811570
Large dead tree down on the west side a bit south of the drainage sewer side loop south of Matheson. Enough of the branches are cleared out so you can walk over it, but the trunk is massive and I think it’s going to take a chainsaw to cut through it and clear the trail. Be ready for it if you’re carrying a ton of speed off the downhill going north.July 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm #811573
The tree is cleared. It was mostly rotten, I levered and cracked it in three pieces.July 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm #811601
Rode the whole thing today and cleared a bunch of bell-ringers and fallen trees. Ran into a few riders along the way.
Trail is finally tacky again but it wont last. Get in while it’s good!August 8, 2016 at 9:11 am #811754
Large tree down between Rathburn and Ellington on West side. Too big for my saw. Will need to get ramped up to ride over or chainsaw to remove.August 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm #811756
FastTimes you beat me to it…
I was thinking a notch out of the top would make it a maintenance free rideable obstacle.
Happy to offer assistance on a weekend but no chainsaw here either…August 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm #811757
Looks totally ridable. From my limited time in the creek, a good long over might serve as a good example should a few glacial erratics happen to trap some eroded soils between them conveniently where the log and trail meet…August 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm #811800
Rode the south-west side of the creek a few times this week. There is so much potential there to create a southern loop. It would be a nice figure 8 when combined with the northern loop.
The trails before the train tracks were in “ok” shape. Only one badly overgrown section just as you enter over the fence from the south. From there, things are good until you hit the fork in the creek, where there is no ideal place to ride across after the trail ends on the western most side. Once on the other side, heading north-west gets you to a rutted truck and quad track with a nasty climb out. It’s also the moto haven up there. Heading back north-east has an eroded bench cut but is otherwise not bad. From there, the only option is to cross the tracks and drop back in going north on the east side. I tried continuing north on the west side and it’s a gong show. Crap in my tires through the dog park and nearly unridable trails to Dundas. There is also a massive German Shepard waiting for you, off- leash, at the house on the end. If the smaller, southern section was flowing, it would be a fun loop
As with all the ravines in the GTA, it’s sad to see a trash filled and polluted area that could be cleaned up for all to enjoy if they just let us. The areas where mountain bikers have build trails are noticeable cleaner than areas they have not. Those areas where the trails have been built are being enjoyed and tidied up by cyclists, walkers, trail runners and everyone who is out there enjoying them.
Along the ridge heading back north-east.
Above the creek on the west side facing north at tracks.
August 14, 2016 at 11:15 am #811815
Rode the whole loop toop today and there is a large tree down on the east side just north of Burnamthorpe.
I cleared some brush for a go ’round and will take a shot at calling 311 today, as there is easy access to it.
I won’t be holding my breath though.
Everything else is in good shape with no mud or puddles to speak of except some water on the Matheson trail which was easy to carry over.
Attachments:August 15, 2016 at 9:49 am #811820
Thanks for the heads up @allantats. Doubtful 311 will respond to a tree down on unsanctioned trails but good you called none-the-less. From the pic, it looks like something that could be tackled with a saw, but likely require something larger than a packable one. At least its off the ground and could be completely removed. I’ll be through today and size it up.August 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm #811823
So yeah, it’s way too big to cut. Took your ride around which is the best option for now. Thanks for clearing the brush,
Trails are mint otherwise. Though starting to get overgrown again now after the recent rain,.
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