March 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm #802140
We all love dirt but we also have some great urban loops that we ride. Its a great way to get out and ride when the trails are a mess. Be fun to get together on some of these. Pick up and drop riders along the way. Grab a coffee and shoot the breeze while we cruise along.
It’s my first real year with a cross bike so I’m looking for a bigger loop. I’d like to continue down the Humber to the water, head west and up Etobicoke Creek and back East on Rathburn.
Still working on my fitness, cue the cross bike, but it would be nice to work up to a century in the city.March 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm #802144
I don’t know any loops that will put you on dirt, but either solo or with a buddy we essentially follow the Lakeshore either West to Burlington/Hamilton and back, or towards Ashsbridges and back or some point in between from Mississauga west. You can either choose road or MUP options depending on time of day and car/pedestrian traffic. I know the waterfront trail from Hamilton to the Beaches. It can be relaxed or full out. This is about as civilized an urban route as you can have. I find the Lakeshore is not all that busy even at rush hour except for Port Credit, and you can the MUP through to Queens Quay to avoid the downtown traffic. It has way less traffic than any of the other east/west streets we have tried.March 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm #802147
@fasttimes that would be an easy connection, well as far as direction go anyway.
Continue down the Humber to Humber Bay Trail and head East to Marie Curtis along the Waterfront trail – pretty sedate except for a section of Lakeshore (although I ‘think’ even more of Lakeshore has been taken out with the addition of a path through Amos Waites and Mimico Lakefront Park). Lakeshore across to 1st St. which is where the Waterfront Trail picks up follow the signs through Col. Sam Smith and associated neighbourhoods to Marie Curtis where you will turn North
Follow the path up to baseball diamonds (there are plenty of little dirt off shoots or just the MUP). Once at the diamonds you have to continue on your way under the QEW on the dirt trails on the other side. You will come to the old Sherway rd. (historical bridge to your left) if you go East here you can hook into the Mississauga Cycling Path via Greenhurst and then along Queensway (there are signs) If you go east you will come out at The West Mall where you continue North until you reach Dundas. (you can feel free to ride the trail section in the finer weather but….. I think MTBs are more suited for that)
Continue across Dundas and you will be on Neilson Dr. continue North to the stop sign and turn left (you are still on Neilson). On your left there will be the entrance to the Neilson Park Creative Centre and a Slovenian Retirement home continue through the parking lot (which seems to be a local make out/ drinking/ smoking hangout) You will notice a path that drops down on the right – take it and follow the path up to Bloor. Cross over Bloor and catch up with the path on the other side up to Bloordale Park. Here you have several option depending on time of year, conditions, etc.
One choice is to continue under Burnhamthorpe (there is a tunnel) up the path all the way to Rathburn – you made it (almost)!
Or you can go West on Burnhamthorpe to just past Sheridan Nursery (on the North side) and turn right up the path which will lead you to a crush gravel path that run beside the Etobicoke Creek all the way to Brampton or in your case once you hit the paved trail that comes down from the ridge head up and find yourself in Centennial Park just above Rathburn – you made it (almost)!
There are a million other little shortcuts and sidecuts in there to switch it up. It sounds way more complicated that it actually is – be happy to show you or anyone else the ropes, as they were shown to me. I even know of a few locations to ‘rest’ along the way.March 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm #802169March 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm #802185
That’s a really nice route and makes use of a lot of the paths and trails. It would be a pretty cool loop. I have about 23 km to the start point in Etobicoke, so I think I will drive and go from there on my first attempt to follow all this. do you have a higher resolution version of that map? There are a couple of places I can’t quite make out. I am sure I can follow this with my phone GPS at any case. Thanks for posting that.March 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm #802186
I posted the link to it on Google Maps, that is probably the best way to follow it.March 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm #802187
Duh! I did not know you could do that and I thought the link was to the map picture. that is great and will work perfectly. Thanks again. I just opened it on my Iphone, and it will give me turn by turn directions as I go along if I choose. Frigging excellent.March 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm #802188
Just one thing to note – in the top left corner you can usually turn from Weston Rd directly onto Denison, instead of going around to Jane. They’re working on the train tracks there, so sometimes the path is closed and you have to go around. And I updated the link with a couple of minor corrections.March 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm #802304
Great loop @micah356. Thanks for sharing it.
For my west end brothers and sisters, the ice is all but gone on the sections of my loop along the Humber and Ellington. Hope to try and add some length to it this weekend.March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm #802310
Plan on doing it this weekend.March 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm #802318
If you should find yourself in the east end, accept no substitutes:
Disclaimer: There are some very unpaved surfaces on this tracklog. The singletrack sections in Highland are easily by-passable with adjacent paved trails when wet, and the rest of the unpaved connections either have enough gravel, rock, or woodchips to be *generally* rideable year-round.
Also, I will now be following Marc on Strava…. but who to unfollow to keep within my quota. 🙂March 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm #802319
Swing and a miss on embedding strava frames in my post, BTW, what am I missing?April 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm #802398April 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm #802401
I did the ride you posted this afternoon. It was easy to follow and fun. It’s funny, cause I added the Spit Loop as well. That’s a nice route, but I suspect it will be really busy when it gets nicer out. At that point I should be back in the trails though.April 3, 2015 at 4:52 pm #802403
It was already pretty busy today!
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