February 12, 2019 at 9:53 am #820874
The XL studs on the Wrathchild tires are making quick work of the ice. It’s still a dicey ride for sure. This snow will end that cycle and now need to get packed again.
Not much winter left now, be ridding dirt in select spots in the next three weeks.March 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm #820903
Be careful out there…March 3, 2019 at 10:02 am #820904
That’s terrible . Very sad to hear this.March 7, 2019 at 11:35 am #820912
Someone has groomed the trails from the lake up the old historical bridge. No fat bike needed. Also the big fenced off area close to the lake with the water tower is now open. Going out again before the warm up sloppy mess.March 14, 2019 at 11:08 pm #820913
She was actually a good friend of mine. Huge, sad loss for the community, she touched many lives and was a bright light for many people. Though she was hiking and not riding, the conditions were tricky and it was a split second misstep that changed our lives instantly.
Not to sound morbid at all, but I will think of her fondly when I ride Etobicoke Creek at some point. I couldn’t ride for all of 2018 after a really bad crash on the escarpment in Dundas. Thankfully I survived, but her death hit pretty close to home for me. I think it’s a reminder that we all need to exercise caution when enjoying nature in its unabashed beauty…..it can be exhilarating but also very unforgiving.
Be vigilant and safe out there. Best to you all.April 17, 2019 at 11:34 pm #820978
Took my first ride on the north loop today. Still lots of swamps between Rathburn & Eglinton on both sides, will need to go in and cut more drainage. I hacked a couple quick & dirty cuts to get some drainage started but it’s going to need a lot more work.
The mini-loop around the small stream south of Matheson has a section that’s about to cave into the water. The entire climb up will likely have to be rerouted sometime this year.
Still haven’t gone north of Matheson yet, but I’d imagine it’s pretty messy up there.April 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm #820980
Parts of the trail are starting to wash out at the beginning of Dundas heading south.
Been in there doing some cleaning up. I also benched the Metro ridge. I left the shovel close by in some tree roots if anyone needs to work on something.May 20, 2019 at 2:08 am #821128
I finally got in for a ride today.
Did the whole loop including Matheson.
Overall, less damage than in the previous couple of years. No trees down or chainsaw work needed but there are some drainage issues to be sorted.
The entrance from the baseball diamonds at MC is a big mess though.
I don’t know how long it’s been this way but a few fences to go over/ around and lots of mud. Getting through during the week when workers are there would be very tough.
As I drive there I’ll be parking at Sherway for a while.
Thanks for the benching Carpetbomber that’s much better!July 17, 2019 at 10:43 am #821273
Took a lap through the whole loop last week. Very badly overgrown, particularly in the north section, where we are loosing trails again it’s so bad. Some trees down, one HUGE one in the south that is bigger than my saw can handle. The rest I should be able to remove.
To tackle the growth in the north will take a few guys. I have tools and will help but I cant do it alone again this year.
Chime in if you want to help out.
1 user thanked author for this post.July 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm #821275
I picked up a Milwaukee brushless hedge trimmer with 2 9ah batteries and a bike trailer. I started at the old historical bridge and got as far as the metro ridge. The trails were so overgrown this year it was a wall off vegetation. It would be cool if some one went threw with a weed Wacker. You can only go so low with a trimmer. I’m going to continue cutting back soon.July 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm #821277
With all the rain we had a few days ago there has been some flooding in the low parts. Lots of tree stumps and debris. I cleared some today but have to go back in with a saw.
To anyone that wants to go through the construction site under the QEW in marry Curtis you can. Just be extra cautious not to run into any construction workers. I guess you can go throught weekdays after 6pm. Weekends see should be clear. The path is hidden around the fenced parts.September 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm #821376
I was riding along the west side of the trail today between Burnhamthorpe and Eglington and there was a big tree about 8-10 inches in diameter blocking the trail. Almost had to crawl on the ground to get over. The tree is closer to the Eglington side where the trail runs along the fence. I didn’t have the saw with me or else I would of cut it.September 6, 2019 at 7:33 pm #821381
Welcome to RFG @singleandfixed Thanks for reporting the fallen tree. Rode the whole loop today and saw the tree in question. There are a bunch in there that I need to get to, but simply haven’t had time. There is a tone of work to do to get those trail rolling well again.
It will take many hands.
Great to see @carpetbomber today and ride a bit with him before the rain came. Thanks for all your work in the southern loop brother!September 14, 2019 at 10:23 am #821386
I had a great ride today. Rode all the way up to Matheson and then down to Sherway Dr and then back home.. Thanks to whoever cut that big tree on the west side trail. I brought my saw with me today just in case but didn’t need to use it, everything was clear. The Matheson loop is getting a little bit rough in some spots… Erosion is making some sections of the trails off camber…I’ve also been busy doing some work on trails in Erindale park.September 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm #821389
I have a confession to make: I did some work on RFG connector tonight — I limbed a tree that was hanging over the rock roll.
Perhaps some of you enjoyed avoiding the tree branch while shooting over the rocks — for that I am sorry.
I hope this post strikes up the conversation about what work that needs to be done and how we can unite and to do that work.
It wasn’t till after the fact that I thought “ hey, how would the trail builder of RFG connector feel about this trial modification??? “
Without some sort of communal conversation, a solo builder could be wrecking another man’s dream.
Besides my handy work , another case in point, I could see a faint line of a trail that was making its way north to the Etobicoke Creek North (east side) trail. I imagine in an effort to link the two trails together and produce some more flow. And avoid climbing the paved access trail. Is this something I should help make happen??? Let me know so me and my McLeod can make the right decision.
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