It's good that you posted before jumping in your car and driving to T.O. to ride the Don. It is an awesome trail system and those of us who live or work in T.O. are fortunate to have something like that we can ride to. However, the trails do not drain quickly and are very susceptible to rutting, which wrecks the trails for everyone . Give it a couple of weeks at the minimum, please. You will be glad you waited...I was wondering if anyone is riding in the Don Valley. Is it dry enough?
I will be driving 2hrs to get there so before I head out this weekend I just wanted to make sure it was rideable.
I rode part of Taylor Creek paved trail yesterday, coming in from the stairs leading off Taylor Dr and Cullen Bryant Park heading up to Eglinton. The bottom of the stairs still had snow, but the rest of the paved path was clear, just wet in some areas. That's said, anything not paved would still be a mud pitThe Don is my backyard, and it is still very very wet. Even some of the Don Valley paved trails still have snow on them, parts of the paved path in Taylor Creek had over 1m of snow still on it last weekend. I commute and train throughout the trail system and can report back when things are dry enough.
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That is why I am sticking to the paved paths. Over the last few weeks I have had to "instruct" multiple overly enthusiastic guys to keep out of the singletrack. There will already be more than enough work to do due to ice storm damage, so many branches down everywhere.
Agreed, but I don't think anyone is saying otherwise. Well unless you're speaking to the paved trails, but in that case no snow does = rideable. Everything else is dependent on how wet it is (see: VERY). Hopefully this warm weather helps dry things up.
It looks like you only have to go as far south as Turkey Point. (Tropics of Canada) Only ridden there once but they have great trails and its mostly sandy soil.It's been a long cold winter. Moisture below the soil, and colder sub-soil conditions are lasting longer. On top of that, the Don Valley clay often messes up early riding attempts. It's hard to wait, agreed, but it's better for the trail, your bike, and your level of satisfaction in riding the trail. If you think waiting for the Don to become ridable is painful, it's just as bad waiting for Durham Forest snow to melt and the trails there to become sensible.
I have been thinking that March/April may become a time of year when I plan mtb get-aways for stateside, but I'd have to research it to see how far south I'd have to go to get good riding conditions this time of year.