Tagged: The Don
August 29, 2018 at 11:27 pm #820323
Good conditions today on Crothers, ridge, bunny run and Climbmax. Tree down across Bunny Run, near the Archery Range end. Tried to move it but only managed to pound it down to about a foot off the ground.August 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm #820324
Great riding this aft. Crothers, Ridge, Beaver Flats, Swamp, SHT, Woods Gundy, G-Spot, Rehab and Boo all good, very grippy.September 1, 2018 at 10:01 am #820325
Broken glass found on trails in Crothers Woods between Pottery Rd and Redway Loblaws.September 4, 2018 at 7:59 pm #820330
Dr. quads got a bit of a makeover, still a few things to go but it’s mostly rideable as much as it ever was. One ladder section is still off camber and the narrow slump at the bottom end is wider now and not yet bridged. I’m not sure of the status of the banked/curved structure that leads onto the last big bridge, but the bridge itself appears to be quite solid. Obviously you do not ride this trail fast before you’ve seen the whole thing end to end.September 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm #820331
Quads has been reclaimed from nature? Awesome. And ambitions! Can’t wait to check it out @repackSeptember 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm #820332
Quads has been reclaimed from nature? Awesome. And ambitions! Can’t wait to check it out @repack
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Quads is still very quadsy, but if you rode all the wood before you’re probably gonna have a nice time as there’s a few spots that are fixed up and it looks like a lot of trees were taken out. The section near the lookout is pretty mangled, but was in there this weekend and walked up to the rode near there and then rode down the big climb up from the tracks. Boomerang to Kitchen Sink is pretty fun alternative to motown, but not nearly as buff.September 7, 2018 at 8:25 am #820335
A couple of inconvenient deadfall have recently been cut out of the way on the north part of kitchen sink north of eglinton. The construction area is problematic as they have shored up the fencing so the hurdle is now about 4 or 5 feet high, while the homeless encampment in the ravine has been reoccupied making that outlet a little more awkward. I had thought to look for some sort of alternate portage, when I literally stumbled over an existing sidetrail from years ago, which allows to complete a portage around the west side of the construction: ie continue past the fencing for maybe 50 metres or so until you spot a spare rail on the ground then look for the side trail there, it ascends a gentle incline for about 20-30 metres to get back on trail. Overall it’s still not a preferred alternative, but might be useful for some.September 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm #820340
City crews out working on the Ridge today.September 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm #820348
Great conditions over the weekend and, apparently, later this week. A few notes:
Ridge – that was a Stewardship event on Saturday and a bunch of much-needed work got done. Heads up around the middle (sorry, hard to explain) where a literal ton of dirt and rock was moved to improve flow, drainage, and fun – it’ll be soft after all of this rain! Next event is Saturday, October 20th. I think.
Boo – 25cm tree across the trail just north of the tire-in-the-tree. Loosely assembled logover already in place but removal would be better…
Cat / PA / Beaver Flats – work has been done on a few big-and-getting-bigger drainage issues. This rain will be a good test of the changes. Please – a gentle reminder to not throw wood into drainages / wet spots!
Cat – one broken and several off-camber bridges + rain + muddy tires = potential for big crashes. Walking across won’t be much better!
Many thanks to the brushcutter on Rim Job!September 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm #820350
Great conditions this weekend – hopefully things dry out in a couple days.
I did notice a new trail cut higher into the hill on Serena Grundy. It appears to be a one-way downhill trail (because of several little jumps) but unfortunately it’s neither as fast nor as fun as the existing root-filled DH section – which also appears to have been made unnecessarily easier by removal of an awkward but fun little log about halfway up/down. Don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but IMO this higher line would have been much better served as an uphill climb and the existing line left as a DH charger. And do we really need to be removing the few small awkward technical spots remaining in the west Don? Keep them in, please!September 11, 2018 at 11:47 am #820362
On foot in the mid-west this morning. Trails have a few puddles and slick spots but the Don-crete shed most of the rain. Some updates:
Ridge – new work is indeed soft so watch your front end. Remember the corner with the concrete slabs with rebar poking out? Soft (but rebar has been cut off ).
Beaver Flats – tree down across the trail just north of the other tire in the tree. In perfect symmetry with Boo…
Also note that tonight is the Wild Betty’s Funduro event so expect the Crothers & Sun Valley trails / trailhead / parking lot to be busy from late afternoon into the evening. The race course stays west/south of Redway Road.September 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm #820363
If anyone recently lost a bike computer (the old school type pre-smarphone era) on quads, someone else spotted it and left it in the crook of a tree, where it is easy to see on the way by. It’s the upper half section south of the rock garden.September 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm #820367
Did a walk this morning on Beaver Flats – Boo loop. A trail fairy was leaving with chainsaw in tow after removing the downed tree on Beaver Flats. The downed tree on Boo has also been removed.September 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm #820368September 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm #820375
Out this morning and Bunny & all of Sunnybrook are good to go and will be hero dirt by evening, I’m sure. Between the humidity and significant dew things were surprisingly greasy considering it rained days ago. Rim Job/Cat might be a bit icky, but otherwise happy riding.
ps. I’ve been meaning to post this for ages: To the person who chopped out that baby root half way along the ridge near the steep roller, just start road biking. I’m sure many of you will not know what I’m talking about, because it’s so insignificant as far as riding goes, but it IS significant in maintaining the hillside and tree’s life, though! Learn to ride before you bust out the hatchet, or, get a shovel and slap a little dirt on it if it really bothers you.
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