Tagged: The Don
March 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm #820909
Great riding today. Best time I’ve had since early January. Crothers was great, just watch out on those switchbacks North of the treatment plant or slide down the icy slopes like I and a few others have. Flats, Beaver Flats, Swamp, SHT, Woods Gundy and Boo all awesome. It was damn cold though, keep those hands and feet well protected.March 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm #820911
Indeed, as McBain had foretold, I saw clear visual evidence of wheel-slip-off-the snowpack followed by ass-slide-down-the hill in the aforementioned area. I closely followed the recent tracks of an apparently adept fat-biker and avoided this fate.
Another icy section is about 2/3 of the way through the ridge, where the trail is right above the train tracks (although much of the hillside there is now bare dirt from the sun). Studs just held enough for me to avoid being slapstick entertainment for commuters on the passing GO train.March 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm #820914
Out early this morning in the west Don hoping to catch frozen dirt. There’s still lots of ice cover. Even with studded fat tires the easy trails were a challenge at times. The Ridge was a much easier go with a mix of dirt and ice. It was nice to ride dirt again after all the ice this winter. New pipes have been laid down at the construction just south of the Leaside bridge. Both up and down is non negotiable.March 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm #820917
Dang… was hoping more of the ice would have gone after the weekend.March 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm #820921
In the Don early looking for frozen dirt. Pottery up the ridge is mostly clear of ice but has nasty boot track throughout. It’s a bit of a bumpy ride atm. Beaver still has ice cover but it’s slowly clearing compared to last week. Swamp is ice. Gundy is icy and treacherous in spots. SHT is pure ice, would not recommend it even with studs. Sunnybrook was mostly clear. South slope had patches of ice but was more rideable then it looked. The north slope was clear. Feels good to be out on Roller Flowster again. Tree down a couple 100 ft back from foreplay exit. Too big for my handsaw, needs a chainsaw. Climbmax is mostly clear, some ice patches. Tree down on final DH. Again, needs a chainsaw. Bunny Run, Dirt Farm, and Poop Droppings all clear of ice except a bit at the north end of Bunny. Things were definitely softening up by 10 so we booked it out of there. There should be a handful of frozen mornings this week for those who can get out early before the thaw really sets in.
1 user thanked author for this post.March 25, 2019 at 11:27 am #820923
Out this morning. Catalyst, PA, BOT are mix of ice and dirt. A tad dangerous but fun. The tree down on the last Climbmax DH has been cleared. Motown is almost all clear of ice. Low temps over night tonight. Tomorrow early should be good to go.
1 user thanked author for this post.April 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm #820934
hows the ice this week? Been looking to get out, but don’t want to do trail damage.April 6, 2019 at 10:09 am #820935
Just rode Pottery -> Ridge… aside from a few muddy spots here and there, it’s pretty dry! Couldn’t see an easy way through the Hydro works though… took a bit of schlepping to get across.April 6, 2019 at 10:57 am #820936
On foot currently
Swamp and everything North is still saturated with the exception of road applesApril 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm #820937
On foot this morning through Climbmax and the new flat trails by the Science Center pond. Climbmax was tacky to dry for the most part. There’s still ice at the bottom of the last DH. Stuff around the pond is either muddy or has standing water. Boo is dry. Riders were out and said Bunny Run was dry. Also heard that the Ridge was dry but Crothers to the south was wet. Looking across the river Catalyst still had ice in spots.April 6, 2019 at 4:10 pm #820938
Also disheartening to see this mess:
It’s clearly recycling from those apartment buildings. Can they be held accountable for the cleanup?April 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm #820939
Gosh, that’s not cool. Every year the UofT group has their cleanup day. I saw the pile of garbage bags last year and it was sizeable. While they can be highly commended for that initiative, as long as they do it for free no one’s going to be held accountable for anything. Last year I also happened to cross paths with the Don’t mess with the don people, and I like that their attitude toward the city is slightly more assertive… but we all know how hard it is to engage with CofT. It takes perseverance and endurance.April 12, 2019 at 8:49 am #820955
Hi folks, how are the Don trails looking? Too much mud to ride? Group of us were thinking of trying it out tomorrow afternoon.April 12, 2019 at 10:42 am #820956
I’ve heard that the flats and the ridge are shaping up. Nothing beyond that though. Hopefully others will chime in.April 12, 2019 at 11:43 am #820959
Thanks for the update. Hoping others chime in as well. Itching to get off the fat bike and get a real trail ride in.
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