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  • #821476

    sangerasong
    Participant

    @singleandfixed what is the name of that trail according to TrailForks with the tree down. I might be able to get to it with my cordless chainsaw.

    I’ve almost finished similar work on the Matheson trail.


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    #821478

    sangerasong
    Participant

    Can you locate it roughly using a screen shot on a map, so I don’t have to ride the whole trail with a saw 🙂

    #821479

    singleandfixed
    Participant

    @singleandfixed what is the name of that trail according to TrailForks with the tree down. I might be able to get to it with my cordless chainsaw.

    The name of the trail according to Trailforks is : Etobicoke Creek North ( West side )…The large tree is where the trail runs along the fence just South of Eglington Ave.

    #821480

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I believe this is the section of trail in question. I may get out for a ride tomorrow and can scope it. I can then try to come back in with my chainsaw provided its manageable. You could also try 311 but as this is an unsanctioned trail so they are not guaranteed to respond.

    Etobicoke Creek North (West Side) on Trailforks.com



    #821481

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    For others who would like to report issues using Trailforks, I would recommend adding the report then cross posting here, I’m one if the TF admin and can embed the map here. It would be appreciated if you could also direct others here from the web and on the trail for discussions and maintenance as this is where things get done. A report on TF alone is not all that helpful. I don’t use the app really.

    Adding a photo also helps so that anyone looking to go in can know what size saw blade is required and what help or safety measures may be needed.

    #821482

    singleandfixed
    Participant

    The tree is on the ground. Another option besides cutting it would be to build a bridge or a ramp over it… If I had time, I would of spend some time in there and build something.

    #821483

    sangerasong
    Participant

    I’m loving the helpful and quick responses here folks. I have a busy week but I’ll try to get in on the weekend with a saw as well.

    What @fasttimes said here is definitely helpful. Adding a photo, as well as something that can add scale to that photo, will help to decide which tool to bring to the trail 🙂

    #821552

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    We’re really lucking-out on this cold with no snow snap situation. Trails are firm with not a lot of ruts or damage. Some trees down but a little beaver has just taken care of those. Just about everything is rolling. Please stay off when it’s soft and things should stay stellar for the foreseeable future.







    On a not-so-positive note, some douche removed the drop on the Matheson loop. It’s been there for like, 25 years, why?

    #821558

    sangerasong
    Participant

    My humblest apologies @fasttimes , that douche was me.

    I took it upon myself to up-cycle, what I thought was an unused derelict, to help build the bridge that currently allows users to bypass the downed tree at the end of the Matheson loop.

    For me, seeing unused wood (as with the other neglected jump and skinnies at the bottom of that pitch) as a great opportunity to help many others enjoyed a well used trail. I apologize to you and others who saw that drop as something as iconic and nostalgic.

    Here is where that “drop” now resides, as posted previously. See attached picture.

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    #821560

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey @sangerasong Thanks for owning up to this. My apologies for using the word douche, I wouldn’t have done so had I known it was you. You’re a good guy and I know your intentions are good.

    Just as a general rule, you never remove someone else’s work. If there is some safety concern, sure, but generally you would ask the community before doing something like that.

    It is a nostalgic feature but I also still hit it and had plans to revive that line as it is a great option when the trail by the 401 is flooded, which it is now.

    All good man, not the end of the world but that was a solid drop that myself and others still enjoyed hitting. This place exists so we can have these discussions and try to make it great for all riders.

    Happy trails,

    #821561

    singleandfixed
    Participant

    I rode most of the trails early this morning while the ground was hard and frozen…With above freezing temps in the forecast for all of next week, I think it’s best to wait until the trails freeze again. I don’t really want to ride when those trails are soft and muddy.

    #821562

    sangerasong
    Participant

    @fasttimes thank you for not blasting me here on the forum. As you noted my intentions were in the right place. I would love to see the trails here grow and become enjoyable for all — even if that means you and I get together and rebuild an old drop 🙂 Heck, we should improve it so there is an A-line and B-line.

    I do hope my aspirations allow me a seat in the private discussion group that is “the etobicoke creek”. Reaching out to a group that will respond quickly (and occasionally lend a hand) to trail stewardship is important. As I sit here, knowing how much lumber costs, time it takes to dig/build and carry product to site, using what’s available close by is huge.

    I can still visualize the unused quarter pipe sitting in that ravine being repurposed to help retain some of the off camber sections of trail in that loop. So I’m asking, can I do that — re-purpose that lumber it something that will keep that trail together?

    Thanks man.

    Peace out.

    P.S. I already have a bridge designed for the last part of the Matheson loop that usually gets flooded. It’s on it’s way but I had to devise a way to carry out the lumber first, check out my trailer. See attached.

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    #821641

    singleandfixed
    Participant

    One section of the trail between Dundas and Queensway has some serious damage and erosion due the heavy rains which we had last weekend. The damaged section is too dangerous to ride and is at about halfway mark between Dundas and Queensway Trail needs to be re-routed… Most of the trail is rideable but it’s very washed out in some places because of rain. Sorry I didn’t take anypics.

    #821644

    caRpetbomBer
    Participant

    All the flooding we had a few days ago really did a number on some low parts of the trails. I really hope we don’t get any more floods. First 2 pics the trail needs a work around for sure. Crazy how close this part is to The West Mall road.

    Also looks like Metro Ridge wants to land side.

    #821648

    singleandfixed
    Participant

    The section which is close to the West Mall can be easily re-routed….Metro Ridge is a problem because there is no room to carve out new trail. I am sure we are going to have more floods and one of these days that whole section will collapse..
    I always walk Metro Ridge as it doesn’t feel safe to ride anymore, there is no way of telling of how solid that section is.

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