Tagged: The Don
August 30, 2016 at 11:54 am #812830
Tom and I did a brief trail cut to help bypass the broken bridges on Kitchen Sink. It’s a trail that could use a lot of work, since it’s not ridden much. I’m not riding out that way any more this season but if someone is, go for it. Very underused trail.August 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm #812835
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.
There was a lot of water, streaming down the trail. in the pic it doesn’t look like a lot, but trust me, it was. I don’t think i’ll be riding through that since even if it’s doable, it’ll just make things worse. Perhaps I’ll head out there some time and bring a shovel and make an alternative path to avoid the stream.August 31, 2016 at 9:38 am #812838
Boo Trail is temporarily closed at the Overlea overpass while they work on the underside of the bridge deck. Not sure how long it will take. For now, Bunny Run is still passable underneath the overpass.
With respect to Kitchen sink, you might want to look at the proposed proposed East Don Trail. The path under Eglinton Ave. is essentially the same as Kitchen Sink. Here’s an overlay of Kitchen Sink and the proposed route for the East Don Trail.
Also, watch out for the coyote running around Serena Gundy park. Looks well feed though.
RavineSeptember 5, 2016 at 2:52 am #812871
First off I’d like to thank the trail fairy that was working on a bridge near the end of the ridge yesterday. Also, thanks to the bunny run trail fairy who patched up one of the dirt bridges that had big holes the last time i was on there. If there’s one spot I’d recommend to patch up on bunny run now, it’s the set of concrete slaps which guide you under the bridge. They’re getting pretty uneven and crackly. Going north was more doable than going south.
The dirt on G spot and upper rehab is very, very dry and slippery. The good news is if you fall off the slope (like me), the dirt is so soft that you’ll land like you’re on a pillow. It was my first time doing g spot to rehab to roller flowster and finishing with foreplay. Of all of it, I’d say the erosion at gspot/rehab where those 2×4’s are narrowing the path going uphill is the riskiest. I hope that gets wider in the future. Trail fairies? hit me up if you need a hand.September 9, 2016 at 9:00 am #812921
Conditions were pretty good last night considering the amount of rain we had the night before. Only thing I noticed was on the Roller Flowster ext. A fair amount of dirt has slid down hill onto the trail. Things should be great in there today thought.September 9, 2016 at 9:23 am #812922
I found it slick last night in spots, but still ridable if you avoid the puddles. Will be dry by now with the heat we’re having.September 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm #812925
I cleaned up a big mass of (small) downed trees in the northern section of Kitchen Sink today. The previously mentioned folding pruning saw worked very well. There’s another big tree thats broken about 20-25 feet up, looking pretty dangerous/precarious. It’s by the short muddy section with the 2 car tires laid flat, embedded in the mud. (ugh) Be aware as you approach that area.
Other than that and the usual problem spots, conditions were nice!September 11, 2016 at 10:01 am #812927
Anyone been in since late yesterday? I’m guessing it’s good, but thought I’d see if anyone has a trail report.September 12, 2016 at 6:54 am #812929
Yesterday afternoon was tacky and soft only in a few places otherwise great. HIghlight was seeing a guy riding along on a nondescript bike and carrying a fishing rod, suddenly veer off pavement and onto a newer trail segment, a trail I believe is a long switchbacked climb though I haven’t been up it, as if he totally knew where he was going. Also saw that the latest attempt at fencing along the tracks on the river return trail of motown had not been installed properly, perhaps high winds in the recent rounds of unsettled weather had toppled it aside not sure.September 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm #813219
On foot this morning in the mid-west and things were drying up quickly. Very few slick spots by 11 am – should be great this evening and hero tomorrow. A few things:
1. Catalyst beneath Overlea Bridge – some real danger: workers on scaffolding are removing concrete from the underside of the bridge. They’re upslope of the trail but chunks are detonating beneath them and tumbling down. Judging from the workers “whatever” response when a rider yelled up at them, they’re not going to set up a construction barrier like they did on the other side by the paved path/Boo/Bunny. If you’re on any of these trails during working hours, be very, very careful crossing beneath this bridge if you’re not using the protected tunnel.
2. PA – lots of bomber new wood replacing the old. The lines all seem the same, but you may want to take your bike off auto-pilot the first time through.
3. Swamp – the planks are fixed.
4. Many thanks to the summer whipper-snippers on the Flats, RJ, and elsewhere. Without it those trails tend to disappear beneath drooping vegetation.
Leaves are just starting to change, with a few early droppers. It’s the best season for riding in the Don – get out there!September 29, 2016 at 11:24 am #813234
bone dry conditions last night (Crothers/Ridge/Boo/Bunny/Vietnam/Gundy/Climbaxx/Ejac/Flats). Unless it pours today, I doubt the rain we’re having now will make that much of a difference.
Heads up, coming out of Boo (the small section in front of the archery area), there is a low tree branch at perfect clothesline height. Would have cut/moved it, but didn’t have the tools handy. Probably easy to see during the day, but a bit surprising at night.
Lots of nightriders out yesterday!September 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm #813242
…on the topic of low branches – thanks to the trail fairy who cut the low branch mid-Ridge and the other at the exit of WoodsGundy heading north.
ThanksSeptember 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm #813243
Hello riders. To the “maintenance crew”. A big thanks for the new bridges along Catalyst. Don’t know if these riders are on this site, but I am more than willing to lend a hand. I have done these kind of repairs before and know that hauling material in can be a challenge, more hands the better. Where I’m going with this is , how do people connect to help each other out on bigger repairs. The work I do I can usually manage on my own. I would like to help, and these “group repairs ” can be fun, just like group rides.
Marko.September 30, 2016 at 8:52 am #813247
Marko, Maintenance activity planning is pretty hush hush on the open forum.
This is a place to report conditions.
1) GO SEE BLURRED LINES AND HELP WITH THE SANCTIONED MAINTENANCE
2) SUGGEST TO CHECK OR USE YOUR PM’S.
3) USE DON RATS PRIVATE FORUM…
*Someone has continued to clean up boomerang sight lines and re-benched some crumbles…
Rode through last night and it’s still in ALL TIME BEST condition. There is a big wet patch on the furthest west portion that needs a boardwalk though…October 4, 2016 at 9:03 am #813413
Was in last night and considering the rain we had over the weekend it was pretty good in there, should be great today. Catalyst has seen a lot of work recently and its pretty awesome now.
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