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Centennial Hill

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

For people who have not been to Centennial before, or have been to it and think it sucks, you're misinformed. Centennial has hosted the nationals of cyclocross for two years and the hill itself has the best non-ravine downhills around. When we (my brother and I) were younger, we essentially "built" the trail that runs east off the switchback. We used to hit speeds of about 80 km/h. When doing downhills at Centennial, give each other spots so you don't kill people - it is a city park, not a mountain bike centre. As you look around the hill, you will notice about 9 distinct singletrack trails down (not including the ski runs). Each of these is fun at worst. Also, if you pedal up the hill (any route) 9 times, you'll be tired unless your name is Lance. Add to these trails the great road descent and the 3 ski runs (2 worth doing), and you've got a place worth going. If you're awesome, take the trail that goes south from the switchback towards the Olympium without brakes. If you're super-awesome, go full speed from the picnic table down, and catch air off that lip. This will raise your heart rate, I guarantee!!!
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Latitude
43.64340473779529
Longitude
-79.59148406982422
Trail Directions
By Bike: follow Eglinton bike path west from the north end of the Humber trail. It takes you right to the base of the hill. By Car: take the Renforth exit off the 401 (eastbound collector lanes only), go south to Eglinton. Go west on Eglinton to Centennial Park Drive. Go south at these lights. Parking is ample and free all over.
Trail Length
12 downhills each about 130' vertical
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Toronto
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Review Date
February 19, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mike , from All Over, Canada and USA most often

Summary:
For me, it's nostalgia that really makes this ride worthwhile. I grew up and went to high school in the area and have fond memories of getting drunk and causing shit within the rest of Centennial Park.
This is where I first fell in love with mountain biking so riding here is a blast but not challenging. If your not a local - don't make the trip, you'll get bored fast. Centennial Hill will never be a mountain bike destination. But it is a good place for beginners and locals for weekday training.

Recommended Route:
Unbelievable. I never thought I'd see Centennial Park Hill on the same set of web pages as rides in Utah, California, and Colorado. But hell, I'm originally a local Etobicoke boy and got all my orginal mountain bike scars on this hill and the Etobicoke Creek Trails.
Whenever I'm "home" to visit mom and the rest of the family, I combine the Etobicoke Creek ride with Centennial Park and hill so I find the best place to park is at the parking lot across from the composting site on Centennial Park Drive just north of Rathburn and Mill Road. This puts you in the middle of both areas. Ride from the parking lot towards the hill anyway you want, there are about half a dozen paved, non paved paths and trails to get you there - just keep moving in the direction of the hill. At the hill, you can pick any trail to climb up but the main fire road starting on the west side is a good warm up. There isn't a lot to this hill so play around as much as you want. It is good for practicing technical downhill in some spots and doing intervals to improve your hill climbing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Etobicoke Creek Trails



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Review Date
February 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nite Rider , from Toronto

Summary:
The above route should only be done once or twice a year, or else the folks at the Golf Course will get very pissed off and find a way to get you busted. The drugs are optional, but they do make it a lot more fun. If you want to do this course on a regular basis, then leave out the Golf Course and have fun. And most importantly, do it at night, and if you get busted, it's your problem, not my responsibility. With all that said, have fun!

Recommended Route:
Note - My route includes all of Centennial Park and not just the hill. It is also highly ILLEGAL.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Etobicoke Creek and West Deane park have some trails you can try out.



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Review Date
December 8, 1999

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ricksom , from Etobicoke

Summary:
I thought I would never see this "hill" on an international web site. This is definitely NOT a weekend or out of town destination site. I use "Mount Garbaje" (an old garbage hill dump) for my weekday training ride sessions after work. I live in the area, and use the 20km route mentioned above for a good workout. Yes, the hill has some serious leg burning uphills, and some fun downhills, but single-track? no chance. The most I saw was 100 meters long. Bottom Line:
O.K. for neighbourhood local folks to fool around after school.
Good weekday training route for local folks.
Don't think about it if you are from out of town.

Recommended Route:
Combine this hill (locally known as "Mount Garbaje" / say with french accent) with the trails through West Deane Park (dirt trails, not the path) and Eglinton Avenue, and you have a good 20km weekday workout for you local folks. I start from Burnhamthorpe and Kipling in Etobicke, ride through the many dirt trails in West Deane Park (including the valley hills), west along Eglinton Avenue bike path, and up and down Centennial Hill a few times before returning.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
West Deane Park has some "real" single-track.



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Review Date
December 6, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Toronto, Ontario

Summary:
I especially like the climb, not the fireroad climb but this steep climb on the westside of the hill ( near the pond ). It's steep and it's loose. The downhill from the picnic table is a blast. I remember doing it at night ( approx. 1 am ) with my light off. It's a great winter workout when hitting the main trail is not an option, do the climbs as many time as you like and you'll be fit when spring cometh.

Recommended Route:
Make this apart of your Etobicoke Creek riding or as a warm up spot before hitting the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Starting from Spring to late summer: local monday and wednesday night criteriums are held just noth of here in the Industrial Park. $5 you get to race for an hour and learn a lot form Peter McC.



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Review Date
November 30, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Once a week

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Reviewed by: Matt , from Toronto, Ontario

Summary:
the downhills:
1. South Ski Run - fast and awesome. If you pedal at it from the top of the ski lift, you can get decent air off the lip (if you bunnyhop)
2. North Ski Run - do turns on this run. Pretend you're running a slalom course.
3. West off the North End - fun trail. Be prepared to bunnyhop over the ditch at the bottom, or you'll be showing mommy your bacon at the hospital.
4. West towards the yellow building - one of the "not full speed" downhills. It's relatively new.
5. West down the middle of the backside of the hill - one of the funner ones! Go all the way down to where you start to go up again.
6. West from the top of the south ski lift - watch out for the ditch at the bottom; I've ruined a few rims there.
7. The road - the more people that are doing it together, the more fun it will be.
8. Southwest - go down the woodchip run southwest from the top, cross the road, drop into the trees, and go fast all the way to the creek. This is the longest and highest descent of these 12.
9. The jump - start at the same point as #8. Go south off the top, cross the ditch and the road, and do as big of a jump as you can on the lower half. If you bring yourself a board of some sort to help you cross the ditch, you can get sick air.
10. The huck - Go straight south from the switchback - you can't miss it!!!
11. My trail - if you rode at Centennial 5 years ago, this trail was brand new, formed by my, my bro, and Pete S. Now, it's slow, wide, bumpy, and woodchippy, but still fun. Start at the top of the hill and take the road down to the switchback.
12. Fence route - east off the switch back as well, but keep left. Makes a great climb (do it in your middle ring, though!!!)

Recommended Route:
Do all 12 downhills

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hydro (see Etobicoke Creek - Toronto)



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