West Dean Park - Trail, Toronto, Ontario

West Dean Park - Trail, Toronto, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

This review is not for the bike path. It's for all the terrain offered in this park. There's a great bunch of short but steep downhills on the west side of the creek just north of the foot bridge that's adjacent to the playground, picnic areas, baseball diamonds. Be careful not to wipe out on these runs, because the bottoms are quite abundant with broken glass. Also, there is singletrack along the west side of the creek along the whole length of this park.

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[Aug 02, 2004]
the_sock
Weekend Warrior

Interesting trail. On the right side of the creek, it's a paved path that runs from Burnanthorpe and Kipling all the way to Eglington and the East Mallish area. On the west side, there is a single track trail, but due to overgrowth and other factors, it does not connect the whole way along the creek. You have to kinda go back and forth across the creek to get a good ride going. Also, there is a dirt jump area now, made by kids who live in the area. The jumps were too muddy when I rode by, but they look like they've been made pretty well and not over used. Not bad if you're into a casual ride, nothing too fancy or technical. Just a good place to ride in the trees and get away from the roads.

Customer Service

From the south, start at north of Burnanthorpe and Kipling, at the park and paved trail enterence. Just follow north along the path, a sinlge track goes along the paved. When you get to a bridge, go over onto the west side and ride north. From Eglington and East Mall, go south a bit on East Mall and you'll find a gap in the steel road barrier. Ride down into the woods (the single track is very overgrown until you get into the trees) and follow south along the creek. Again, you'll have to cross over some bridges at certain points.

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Etobicoke trail and the Don.

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2
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1
[Mar 20, 2000]
Mr Huck

I used to ride the bike path in this park since I was like 8 years old, but only recently have I begun to explore the freeriding possibilities of this park. With a rake and axe/saw, one could turn the overgrown ravine downhills in this park into some rad biking terrain. In fact, that's what I will spend my free time doing this summer.

There is quite a bit of other stuff to do in the vicinity of this park. There's the elementary school near Martin Grove that has the cool jumps, there's the retaining wall on Rathburn (right on the bridge over the bike path), the dirt jumps on the NW corner of Kipling and Eglinton, etc... E-mail me if you can't find the downhills. I'll gladly show you them.

This place gets 4 Mofo DH tires because it's so close to my house!

Customer Service

Try the downhills. The park is not worth going to without 'em. Don't bother going there after the rain, because the downhills are made of the type of mud that clogs your wheels in one revolution.

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4
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[May 08, 2000]
Ricksom

Mr. Huck, what are you doing? This is my favourite local training route, and you are exposing it to all over the world. Please don't turn this into a "Don Valley Trailway"!

Seriously folks, this trail is not a weekend excursion destination. Mr. Huck is excited (and rightfully so) about having such a nice trail in his backyard (And mine too). I train through here during the week after work, and continue to Centenial Hill for hill intervals. The whole route makes a nice 20 km.
It's true, there is about 3-5km of interlinked single-track that is intermediate to novice level. The ravine dropoffs mentioned by Mr. Huck are nasty and rooty, and are about 30-40 feet high (advanced level). There are sections along the west bank that are either "get off and hike" or "risk your health". There are also two or three neat stream crossings. And a citizen cyclocross was held here.
BUT, this is not Durham Forest, Hardwood Hills, Ravenshoe, Dagmar, Mansfield, or Waterdown! (I intentionally left out Kelso, personal thing)

Customer Service

See above

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Ask Mr. Huck. Looks like he is going to build them.

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2
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[May 08, 2001]
double dekeher

the forested part of the park has some serious routes, the downhills and such mentioned below. every few weeks there will be new jumps, or shore stuff, but it is not there for as vandilism is present. as may 9, there are a bunch of very small jumps, that most people can do sleeping. since i'm a young guy i like building jumps and ns stuff, although most of my stuff as been destoryed already [25 foot log ride, to 15 foot bidge, a steep ass kicker, a table top picnic table jumps, and many other small gaps and table jumps

Customer Service

any single, track as they are hardpack and fast

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dirt trails mr.huck mention you can got sick are off the last table, 5-10 feet with meium spee

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4
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[Jul 14, 2002]
Colin

Beginner/Intermediate.
Actually about 4-5km of track now... including hills/grass/parkland. Very nice.

Customer Service

West Deane Park Single track NW to SE return with loops. Will let you figure it out heehee.

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4
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[May 21, 2003]
T

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Customer Service

great

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I almost broke my back at some of the jumps there..Crushed my front rim and landed on my head...First time on a backboard/ in an ambulance..haha

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[Jun 21, 2003]
Colin

Trail is actually named West Deane Park and is a multi use rec trail for cyclists, runners and rollerbladers (as well as pokey walkers)... It's about 5km long. Combined with the power line trail to the east (starting from the north end up at Eglinton and Martin Grove) should make for a fun ride for those looking to get some 'off road' mtb in.

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