December 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm #814651
Rode a loop of the north section this morning, frozen solid with a dusting of snow.
Traction was pretty good but it will be interesting to see what it will be like with the snow that’s falling now.
There is a large tree has broken off from its trunk but is being held up by a couple of smaller trees for now.
It’s on the start of the east side ridge north of Burnamthorpe.
Hopefully the winds will bring it fully down soon as it is leaning across the path.
Fietser, seeing animals is definitely part of the allure of the creek for me.
The last 3 rides I have seen hawks on the path in front of me with prey in their talons (2 pigeons and a bunny).
About 3 weeks ago I saw 3 deer on the west side ridge south of Eglinton.
A large buck, a female and a young one. They were on the path in front of me and the 2 adults ducked down the cliffside. The young one was too scared to go down there so I had to get around it to continue on.
It took a couple of mins. for us to get sorted about…very cool.
So awesome to see that kind of stuff and to be able to bike so close to home…love it!December 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm #814658
Rode part of the north loop earlier this evening, had to walk up all the climbs since there wasn’t much grip with the fresh snow. It’s probably going to be fat bike only by tomorrow with the way the snow was coming down during my ride.
Attachments:December 12, 2016 at 11:12 am #814662
It sure is hanging @allantats! Quite precariously I might add.
I stopped to take a pic and tweet it to 311 Toronto on Saturday morning. So convenient to be able to that right from the trail (assuming you are carrying a phone – which I imagine most of us are these days).
Not so awesome part – they hadn’t gotten back to me…
Anyway, took a minute this morning to place a call (to 311) and try to explain where the tree is located. I will likely end up with a call at some point from the guys on site trying to figure out where it is, but that’s okay – just want it taken care of – that is a high traffic area and currently you actually need to pass beneath it in order to continue on the trail.
Will keep you posted on any further information.
Attachments:December 12, 2016 at 11:28 am #814664
Ha. Literally posted this and my phone rang.
Walked the Forestry guy right to the tree. Said it will be taken care of ASAP. He thanked me for the call – I told him it was actually the other way around and thanked him for taking care of it so promptly. He was surprised there hadn’t been more calls about it when I told him it had been there since at least Saturday morning.December 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm #814668
Excellent…I had no luck with them earlier in the year with the trees down south of the metal stairs.
Maybe it depends on whose lap the call ends up on…either way thanks for taking the time.December 14, 2016 at 9:54 am #814682
Beautiful night out yesterday – barely needed lights with the snow and the moon.
Hit the trails with @prestomtb and dad Martin – awesome ride lads, thanks for the invite! The trail North of the hospital proved to be quite a challenge so we ripped out a few laps between Marie Curtis and Sherway Dr. I was on the ragged edge chasing Preston around on his new RMB Suzie Q but my 2.25s worked quite well all things considered. Trail is packed down varying between 6″ and 18″ in places.
I am so stoked that we have this option right in our backyard. It is amazing to be able to roll out of the house onto ‘groomed’ trails in the winter!
Attachments:December 16, 2016 at 10:34 am #814706
After that brief, but intense, blast of snow last night I was keen to get out.
Conditions were amazing! Since the trail was well packed down underneath the new snow it made for loads of fun.
Hope all you Creek guys can get out and enjoy it – beautiful in there right now.
Attachments:December 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm #814769
Took a ride on the north loop today, the lower pedestrian path is nicely packed down all the way up to Matheson, easily doable on a regular bike. The singletrack is another story, the hikers have broken a trail in some places but it’s not packed down yet, you won’t get anywhere without a fat bike.December 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm #814770
If folks want to ride the northern loop in the winter, we’ll have to work together to pack it down like other clubs do. After big dumps, a group of us would need to hike it with snowshoes followed by regular use on the fat bikes. I don’t think anyone is up for pulling tires, but that would make it perfect. But like everything. It will take more than a few guys doing the work to make it great in there.
I have snowshoes and am willing to help if others are interested.
The downside to packing trails is that they are slower to thaw in the spring.December 21, 2016 at 7:13 am #814775
I’m not sure there is enough interest in here to manage to keep the trails packed down but that would be great!
Even if it just a shorter loop of the flatter trails…
I don’t have snowshoes but would consider buying a pr. if there were enough dedicated riders to step up.
Any interest from others?January 2, 2017 at 10:29 am #814836
The trails need a good layer of fresh snow.January 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm #814893
North loop west side is giant sheet of ice, don’t even think about it unless you have studs. East side is mostly good with some icy patches.January 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm #815128
Rode the creek with @fietser and @somers this morning. We ran into @aerius who joined us the rest of the ride. Trails were frozen and great overall. Not a lot of traction, like riding on shaved ice, but not causing any damage. Though the trails are rutted to shit from others already in some areas.
Lots of trees down. We were able to clear roughly half a dozen of them but a few will take a larger handsaw or chainsaw. Some larger threes such as one on the high-line, east side, between Burnhamthopre and Rathburn has been cleared. Pretty awesome.
More concerning was that someone has attempted to ‘close’ the new Matheson trail by placing a ton of larger branches across the length of the trail between Eglinton and Matheson. The rocks carefully placed to smooth the one log over along there were also removed and tossed in the forest. We removed all the logs across the trail but the rocks will need to get replaced once the ground softens up in the spring. We also notice the “steep edge” sign moved where I had the encounter with the trail nazi by Rathburn. So I don’t think its much of a who·dun·it on that front. He had more branches staged along that section as well and we did see him skulking around as we rode by. More sharpie notes left on roots and the sign. Guy is a nutter.
I think as long as it stays below zero and overcast, the trails should be good for a bit. Given what I pointed out above, be careful please. And if you can, bring a saw and do what you can to clear fallen trees.January 30, 2017 at 7:05 am #815139
I rode the north section very early Sunday morning.
Seems like a new tree down every time I’m in there.
Maybe we’ll have to get 2 or 3 guys together for a tree clearing session at some point.
I was hoping someone in one of the houses on the west side ridge would take that large one down that’s right near their yards…we’ll see.April 24, 2017 at 10:35 am #816225
I am reopening this thread.
It was closed out of utter disgust and disappointment at the lack of involvement and contribution by the growing number of riders in the creek.
If you ride these trails, do your part to maintain them. It’s not enough to simply post conditions and issues expecting others to take care of them. If you ride these trails, it’s your responsibility as much as the next guys to keep them safe and running smoothly. There are some who do more than others, that will always be the case, but that’s not a reason to do nothing yourself. Riding by the same fallen tree over and over, waiting for someone else to clear it, is not doing your part.
If you really can’t cut a branch, move a bit of dirt for drainage, close a side trail or re-bench a section of trail then, at the very least, please direct riders here so that we can properly inform them about trail conditions and issues. It’s one thing to not help, but to cause damage and also not help is on a whole other level.
I know that most of us regulars, though not all, do our share. But the traffic has increased ten fold since live on Trailforks. We also have local shops sending riders up the creek who should in tandem be sending them here. The days of never seeing a sole in there are done. I considered walking away and just letting the trails fall apart but these are my local trails and that is just not who I am. We don’t need crappier trails, we need wicked trails with a great community of riders behind them.
We cant legally build or maintain trail in the Creek but if some of the worker bees are asking for “help” please consider lending a hand. If someone posts about a trail issue, consider heading out yourself and being the one who clears the issue.
I’m doing another round of RFG jerseys and would like to see some of you step up as trail ambassadors. We need a better presence on the trails. We’re all busy with family and jobs but if more people do their share we all have more time to ride, and the trails only get better.
I’m still wishing we could work more closely with the city, and we will continue to try, but the problem at hand is a huge increase in traffic with no increase in help.
Lets please try and do our best to keep these amazing trails we are so lucky to have at our doorstep.
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