Don Valley - TRAIL

Don Valley - Trail, Toronto, Ontario

A variety of paved bike routes and single track trails. To the east (Taylor Creek) there is a route under the hydro towers. Heading south from Don Mills Rd is a paved route on the east side of the Don River. On the west side of the river is a nice single track suitable for beginners. In the west hillside bordering on Leaside are a number of trails that are hard packed clay, off camber and fairly difficult in spots. Consider this area intermediate or tougher still if the route is wet.

User Reviews (42)

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bettskis   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2016]

Very fun mix of stuff in the middle of the city. Packed dirt, very few rocks, roots or obstacles. Occasionally you have to navigate some active railway tracks and walk up some steeps. Virtually no sketchy sand, though there is gravel. The park is built and full of young people practicing jumps, berms, etc. Great to see!

Downside is that this is the singliest of singletracks...

*It should be one way but it is not*.

Plus it is loaded with people hiking so I am not sure what is scarier - blasting along and coming face to face with another biker who's also blasting along but in the opposite direction, and you're both on a ridge and there's no place to go so it becomes an awesome game of chicken... or gentle, unsuspecting people out walking their dogs and kids and they have to scramble to make room for you.

Anyway, this place is a treasure, I would love it to be properly mapped / routed. It's challenging to know where to go the first time. Someone needs to show you.

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4
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3
reaction   Downhiller [Mar 22, 2009]

Hey guys

There is a very VERY real possibility that the city of Toronto is going to
put in a skills park for us to plow around in. What we need though is for
the community to come together as a whole, and tell them we want it, and
what we want in it! Thats right, the riders get a HUGE say in what goes
into this park!

SO!

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Fill out the form, and show Toronto that you want this park! This is a huge
stepping stone, and if we can come together and make this happen it means a
VERY good chance of a whole bunch of parks opening up all over the place!

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW to fill this out. This INCLUDES parents, XC riders,
BMXers, DH and Freeriders, and anyone else that can benefit from this park.


This is our chance to come together and REALLY make a change in the riding
scene in Ontario. Don't let this slip away. Remember, Vancouver started
small too, and look where they are now.

Customer Service

Take the time, please click this link above and show your support for riding in Ontario.

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5
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5
techn0canuck   Weekend Warrior [Sep 24, 2008]

So I think you'll be able to find a trail map whey you get there. There are a few entrances.

Customer Service

If you start at the trail head, you'll have a nice winding grunt ride up followed by some sweet up and down.
Then just turn around for more of the same with variations. (There are some spots that you just can't pedal up) Just make sure you make it to the ridges!

So I'm new to the ladders and ridges but there is a great series of them closer to the north end (ridge valley). Close to eglinton (I think). These are definitely not for the faint of heart. But at least there is always the bail out route if you chicken out. Couple of them are like 2x4s, What the hell!
Other than that, there are no big rocks, only roots to worry about when its wet.

For downtown TO, it kicks ass! heck decent no matter the location.

Similar Products Used: Have yet to try Glen Major.
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5
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4
trevormark   Weekend Warrior [Jan 09, 2008]

This is a decent trail considering that it is in the middle of Toronto. It is not overly steep or technical but there are some obstacles that will test your talents. Does not compare to BC but not bad considering.

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3
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3
NuttyNate   Weekend Warrior [May 12, 2007]

* Summary
This was my first time XC riding and I didn't know what to expect. Surprisingly, it went rather well and it was fun. I'm definitely adding this trail to my weekend rides when time permits.

* Paths
Paths split off in a web. No matter where you are, you're bound to find more than 2 ways to travel. Lots of choice and exploration possibilities.

* Challenges
There were some slopes that I didn't build up enough speed to climb, so I had to work like a pack mule pulling myself up there. They're pretty steep, ranging anywhere from 45 - 60 degree climbs in short bursts. Usually they're accompanied by a downhill ride or a straight away, so you need to plan ahead. There were plenty of challenges like outgrown roots, logs, branches and other debris all along the paths. I highly recommend a good fork if you're going to play here. There were also the occasional ramps and bridges setup.

* Exercise
It's very energetic. If you keep the pace, you'll build your cardio and mussels quite well. Fresh air, plenty of slopes, lots of bouncing, and plenty of debris make this an excellent exercise.

* People
When I went (Sat. Afternoon in early May), there weren't many people there and I was able to ride at my own leisure. Of those that I met, they were friendly. Everybody is everybody's friend there. We all cracked jokes passing by and we all respected each other and their space.

Customer Service

I don't recommend any route because any one will do! XC riding is all about exploring, so go explore! The place is just one big web, any access point will do. Once you're in, welcome to the fun!

I do have other recommendations though:

1) Do not ride on the railroad! It is not only used, but it is illegal.

2) Do respect the wildlife and others. Keep the trail clean and litter free. This park is after all a conservation area and without it you'll be breathing in more diesel fumes and exhaust.

3) If you broke something, fix it or remove it. Don't leave some broken ramp laying around for some poor soul to crash and burn over it.

Similar Products Used: Edward Gardens & Area - ? Level
- Never been there, but heard it was good. Supposedly this trail links into it.

The Sherwood Park - Novice Level
- Has some simple slopes, mostly smooth terrain with some rooty areas, and a spacious path. There's a nice little wooden slope installed on the stairways near the entrance if you want to try climbing up it (intermediate level).

East Don Park - Novice - Intermediate - Advance Level
Mostly large gravel/rocky roads with some dirt trails. Some tech has been setup there (ramps & bridges). I've seen some BMX riders do crazy stunts off into the ravine. There's also an ungodly huge dirt hill that you can either climb or blast down.

Thornhill - Novice Level
This placed is laced with hidden gems. Don't expect XC riding here, but it's got some nice scenery here and there. Travel through glades, some dirt trails, a running stream, and some very steep climbs when returning to the surface. The trails are grouped together in small patches. You'll need to take a side road to connect to another trail, but it's not to bad. Some trails don't have paths connected, so you'll need to rough it out in the bush or glade.
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5
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5
phillyGTA   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2005]

Good bye chicken run ! For almost ten years , you let us rode over you like a log & occasionally throwing few of us into the ravine .. but you are always fun and never a dull moment while we are on you.. you will be missed ;( Whoever cut you down and if you are reading this .... please go clean up the street , leave our trail alone !

Customer Service

The DON is IT !

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5
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3
Stevie Boy Wonder   Weekend Warrior [Jul 05, 2005]

Just a small review. I've been on the trail once and boy is it different from everything else I've ridden. First time i went, fell into a little ravine, got scared by the drops and went home. Lol, the second time I plowed through for 2 hours and it was pure sweetness. I'm a beginner tho, so I don't really know about the technical difficulty. If you're interested in doing something different than the normal concrete trail riding this is awesome. Seems to be a ton of stuff for the adventurous to try out, and easy enough for a beginner to tentatively pedal through. The hills are insane though...hardly went out of zeroth gear, best cardio I've had in a long while. If you live in Toronto and have a somewhat functioning mountain bike, make sure you've been on this trail at least once in your life.

Customer Service

You can follow the Don Valley Trail up from the lakeshore until you get to a 2-stage crossing across pottery road. Turn left/West along Pottery Road and you'll cross railroad tracks. You should be able to see a very small dirt parking lot and a hill with a 2/3 trails on it. Just follow them up and over the hill for some fun.

Similar Products Used: Never seen any other MTB trails in Toronto cause i'm new to MTBing. But take the Don Valley Trail to the beautiful Edward Gardens. Or take trail through Old Mill, seems like some possibilities of MTBing there as well as a very beautiful trail that isn't right next to the smoggy Don Valley.
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5
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4
the_sock   Weekend Warrior [Jul 23, 2004]

Fun fun fun. Pretty challenging for a beginner/intermediate rider like myself. Having biked mostly in and around Calgary, it sure was a fun trail to go on that is in the middle of the city. Climbs, roots, rocks, berms, stunts and straightaways. Only thing is that it's fairly easy to get lost unless you are riding with someone who knows the trails. Also beware of the poison sumac around the sewage treatment plant, it's a pain in the ass (twice I've got it). The trail condition was great, only a few mud spots from the flash rain storm the night before, but if anybody rides the trails right after a rain should be kicked in the nuts. Clay areas are showing advanced erosion and many parts of the trail have gulleys. The stunts are a hoot, even though I'm fairly new at doing them, they sure kicked my ass, I nutted myself and was out of action for 10 minutes from a log skinny. Logs, bridges and jumps are fun to do that are all along the trail. The double teeter bridge was one hell of a stunt, but I finally got it on my fourth try. If you see blood there...that was me. Ha. The other riders I met there were very friendly, although they were real bikers, not some punk who barrels downhill without caring who is on the trail going up. Fairly empty considering the great weather and time of day, I guess it gets busier later in the day after work. One person even stopped to help me find my way and pointed out a narly descent to do...again it kicked my ass a few times before I got it. It's a gem within the city and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good trail with stunts.

Customer Service

I started from the pottery road trailhead and went northwestish and looped over the train tracks and went south on the east side. A buddy and I also entered around the stunts area from the Lawblaws (how the hell do you spell it) and go down halfway on the paved road towards the sewage treatment plant and go left. Also connections are from Edwards Gardens to the north and E.T. Seton Park between Don Valley and Edwards. One good way to have a big loop is to start from Taylor Creek Park at Vic Park around Donora Park that goes and links up with the Don Valley trail north end.

Similar Products Used: Etobicoke Creek
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5
VALUE
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5
shevrone   Racer [Jul 04, 2004]

Ya i rode this trail once and i liked it but i saw lots of pictures and things and i didnt find like any thing in the pictures. Like its good but hard to find. I Guess u need to no the trails to enjoy them most. The DJ are sweet except one thing... theres no speed. Me and my friend had to go so far back on the trail just to do the small step up. Some one should find a place to build a drop in ramp just for speed. I give it a 4 because its to hard to find everything and theres no signs.

Customer Service

iunno went once

Similar Products Used: Dagmar is pretty sweet and also Blue Mountain is great for fun and downhill racing. Its got good XC too.
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4
VALUE
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3
Dan S   [Jul 24, 1999]

Trail is very short in duration,but tecnical, my tire selection was inncorrect,1.5 cross country continetals. the trail is off camber.Very difficult to hold an edge

Customer Service

West side of hill near Leaside

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3
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