header ad

Daily Trail conditions in the Don

HOME FORUM RIDING GREATER TORONTO AREA THE DON VALLEY Daily Trail conditions in the Don

Tagged: 

This topic contains 5,794 replies, has 338 voices, and was last updated by  mr.cantlogin 1 week ago.

Viewing 15 posts - 4,681 through 4,695 (of 5,795 total)
ENVE

  • Author
    Posts
  • #811930

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Should note that the rail gets 5m per side. I think this goes beyond it, I’ll be bringing tape out to check how far past it goes.

    #811931

    kwarwick
    Participant

    Agree that fence is horribly placed and in fact caused me to have a minor crash last night when I came bombing southbound and realized that the line to the left of the wooden jumps was blocked. I’ll admit it was kind of a noob crash, but still I wasn’t impressed with the fools that placed that there. Can I sue anyone? 😉

    #811939

    flow_rider
    Participant

    I put a LOT of orange flagging tape up on the fence and on the approach to warn oncoming riders. Did not have any spare reflectors for the night rider crowd 🙂

    Unlawful barrier… Nice. Hope it gets remedied soon before someone gets hurt.

    2 users thanked author for this post.
    #811940

    Neville Park
    Participant

    Back to @break_yoselfjonny post about maintenance …

    amazon.ca has a free prime trial right now and lots of camping/survival tools abound sans shipping costs.

    Like maybe a nato folding shovel/hoe for $17 or an 7″ folding trail saw for $23, machetes, hatchets, tarps … all good things for camping and survival that fit in a trail back pack when called upon for other activities 🙂

    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B016H5QR44/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005EMILVO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.ca/Corona-Cutting-Tools-RS-7041/dp/B00004R9YN/ref=sr_1_3?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1472212637&sr=1-3&keywords=folding+pruning+saw

    For less than the price of a new tire you could be dialed in and giving back at a whims notice.
    Sometimes the barrier of entry prevents people from accomplishing tasks, i know it is for me!

    2 users thanked author for this post.
    #811941

    tkorce
    Participant

    Great suggestions above re. maintenance.

    Regarding conditions, how long do you think the trails will take to dry out after last night’s rain? Ready by this afternoon given the heat?

    #811942

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Heads up Anyone that uses the Pottery Road Trail Head for parking or trail access…

    This trail will be closed for a new pedestrian/cycling bridge installation on Saturday August 27. Trail and road closures in the area will include Pottery Road, Lower Don Trail (Beechwood to Riverdale Bridge) and Brickworks Connector. For more information: https://lowerdontrail.wordpress.com/

    From the map they’ve got posted up it looks like pottery road is closed completely from the bridge to bayview, so access from the east is more or less limited to dropping in at either the Taylor Creek, or taking the Millwood Bridge across and dropping in from the west.

    Looking like the rain did us some good, conditions should be brilliant until the rain hits again sunday

    #811943

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Walked a bit after the rain last night. Trails were already almost ridable since they were so dry. I’d say they are good to go this afternoon.

    Fence has been taken down and rolled up.

    #811944

    break_yoselfjonny
    Participant

    Climbmaxxx can be now found open and clear/clean.

    Work, work, work, work, work, work
    He say me have to
    Work, work, work, work, work, work
    He see me do me
    Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!
    So me put in
    Work, work, work, work, work, work
    When you all gon’?

    #rhi-rhi

    #811949

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Back to @break_yoselfjonny post about maintenance …

    amazon.ca has a free prime trial right now and lots of camping/survival tools abound sans shipping costs.

    Like maybe a nato folding shovel/hoe for $17 or an 7″ folding trail saw for $23, machetes, hatchets, tarps … all good things for camping and survival that fit in a trail back pack when called upon for other activities :)

    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B016H5QR44/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005EMILVO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.ca/Corona-Cutting-Tools-RS-7041/dp/B00004R9YN/ref=sr_1_3?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1472212637&sr=1-3&keywords=folding+pruning+saw

    For less than the price of a new tire you could be dialed in and giving back at a whims notice.
    Sometimes the barrier of entry prevents people from accomplishing tasks, i know it is for me!

    The folding saws are key for a lot of peeps. I make my own blades, so I’m always carrying a blade large enough to down a branch or brush, but for most the folding saws are cheap and effective means of brush/branch control. Takes a minute and improves the trail, and anyone can do it without investing much.

    Kind of funny to read about trail maintenance on this forum from the ‘newer’ peeps. long history of some interesting discussions on here pertaining to the topic, where it swayed from touch to don’t touch. One of the reasons the private forum was created back when was for us to discuss it out of the public eye. haha.

    #812672

    regularbob
    Participant

    Just a heads up Pottery road of closed due to work on the bridge. So don’t try to bike to the Pottery parking lot because you’ll get told of by the police officer on site like i was.

    Also there’s a running/jogging race event on East/North of the cricket tree. It means most of the paved recreational trail is busy and closed off for the route along Sunnybrook to Serena Gundy to Taylor Creek. Although it might be over by now but I imagine there’ll be lingering crowds for most of the morning.

    Trail conditions as of 8am this morning is mostly dry with the exception of the usual wet/soft spots. Traction is very good. Will be great this afternoon and tomorrow.

    #812804

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Rode through that “G-spot” extension that was “shored up” with a retaining wall. Honestly mystified but two things.

    1. Why a “retaining wall”? There’s every opportunity in the world for a proper full bench cut that is sustainable, can easily improve drainage (as it stand you made a chute for water to run down) and needs far far less maintenance in the future. Probably would have been less labour to begin with.

    2. Hammer the nails all the way in? Came up on the final climb out and there’s salvaged wood clearly with nails just hanging out of it. If you’re going to do whatever you want anyway at least do it all the way?

    on to conditions:

    Crothers: clean, clear and smooth (except the portion that is closed for pedestrian bridge construction)

    The Ridge: Awesome shape, paved G-Out by the hydro station is wet and should be taken with caution, tree down has a bit of build up to log over, but is still a low bottom bracket threat

    Bunny Run: a few sandy corners and some more decay on the edge due to tires washing over the edge. (Remember always fall towards the hill)

    The Swamp: Dry, fast, and rock armoured where it’s muddy… Yep those rocks are where your tires go

    Woods Gundy: totally dialled. One new low hanging tree as you exit to the pavement going north, expect to see it on the ground or at a more threatening height soon.

    SHT: could not be better.

    Asylum: as climbable as it gets, if you want to clean it, now is the time.

    G-Spot: some gnarly drainage ruts on the way down into g-spot itself, (hint: stop locking up your brakes). The extension is “whack”, yep “wiggidy whack”, not just regular type.

    Roller Flowster: As good as it gets, same old reminder on the huge rollers, you ought to brake check, it’s not a straight shot through.

    Foreplay: Awesome conditions, but there’s a bunch of short cuts opening up that are pretty stupid. One to avoid roots that are about the most rollable set on the trail, and another to skip ahead ~30m after the climb out of the second jump line. Appears to be a chicken line opened up to dodge the final steep switchback, making 3 distinct lines out of there…? That’s the sorta stuff that people get shitty about bikes over.

    Road Apples: smooth and fast, the trench that occurs due to run off from the field as you pop out and re-enter the woods is getting a tad deeper and wider again, mtb 101, lift your front wheel.

    Climbmaxxx: 100% even the wet bit before the gap rollers was dry last night.

    Boo Trail: solid, but getting overgrown especially as you get closer to cricket tree.

    The Flats: all time, thanks for the fence management.

    1 user thanked author for this post.
    #812809

    randomoldguy
    Participant

    Blurred Lines. Points taken on the wall. I used the “wall” method so as not to keep digging back into the hill. Yes it maybe a chute for water, hopefully this will not come back to haunt me. And the nails MY BAD, will try to resolve that ASAP. Ultimately we try to do our best for ourselves, other riders and the trail. Ride safe everyone, and pitch in as you can.

    Marko.

    #812815

    Zirca
    Participant

    Ridge ,Catalyst, Rim Job, PA, Climbaxx, Boo, Bunny, Flats all mint.

    Lots of wildlife tonight. Deer, skunk, possums, moles, raccoons and bunnies were all out in full force. The skunk I saw wouldn’t get off the trail. Didn’t see a single rider (or person) while out tonight. Great night for riding.

    #812822

    d4n
    Participant

    Since when did they remove the roots and rocks from the pottery rd trailhead? I liked that technical, taught me how to climb better. Now it’s just too easy. Still nice though.

    Does anybody ever ride out to Don east? I know there isn’t a lot out there, but kitchen sink is out there, and I wanted to give it a shot since it’s a blue diamond trail. Not many blue diamonds around the popular areas other than crother’s woods/ridge. Starting from Don east, kitchen sink was more or less doable until I got under the eglington bridge. The trail has a stream of water flowing right over it. I saw an optional path which went over the tracks onto the other side, but it went nowhere.

    Maybe I went the wrong way? I think it’s kitchen sink. Anybody here ride that trail? I can’t seem to find the advancement from STD, it just leads me to the tracks. So I started from Don east in attempt to map out the entire route back to STD, but ran into the flooding.

    Anyway, Don east is poop. Lots of litter, low community maintenance. If there’s one part of the don that needs trail fairies, that would be it.

    Attachments:
    1. unspecified.jpg

    Attachments:
    #812829

    dexter01
    Participant

    Not sure if that’s the same spot, but if it was just a little after coming out from under the overpass by the train tracks, that’s probably the trail. Last time I was through there there was quite a bit of water at the spot, just ride through it, the trail should be in decent shape the rest of the way.

Viewing 15 posts - 4,681 through 4,695 (of 5,795 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

People Who Like Thisx

Loading...

People Who viewed ThisX