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Etobicoke Creek

Average Rating:    (3.93 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

Bunch of trails that need to be weaved together - also used by MX riders ( so beware ), deers and coyotes.
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Latitude
43.64601335623949
Longitude
-79.60856437683105
Trail Directions
Several way of entering this trail - Burhamthorpe&Mill, Mill Rd.&Rathburn.
Trail Length
not very long but it goes up to the airport
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Etobicoke/Toronto
   


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Review Date
November 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TwinPro ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Lightly used single track running along the east edge of the river. Southern limit of trail is just south of the QEW in Etobicoke Valley Park. I rode as far north as Dundas Street. There are some very technical stretches, and some downright frightening bits along the top of the ridge.

The trail needs some care and attention but has the potential to be a terrific west side alternative to the Don.

Recommended Route:
Enter the trail through Etobicoke Valley Park where the paved multi-use trail ends. The first stretch is sometimes used by motocross riders so pay attention. Once you cross the original "Middle Road" you're free of the motocross riders, and most of the dog walkers.

The trail splits into many dead-ends but each one presents some interesting challenges, or at least nice views of the river.

I've never ventured north of Dundas but it looks like the trail continues.



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Review Date
July 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: techn0canuck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've only recently started to ride the trail and I think its been obliterated by several things: erosion and development. I suspect its only getting worse. Theres a point where the trail vanishes (into the creek, so be aware).
Its over-grown and theres lots of branches and fallen stuff in the way so expect to walk a couple of sections.

Its an extremely technical ride in some parts that will test you and your bike. The previous reviewers were probably not riding the ridges, which are insane!

Recommended Route:
Start at Nielson Park (dundas and westmall). Theres some Community center with parking, and an unfinished road where the trail starts. Head south. You're going downhill slightly, and I've found a bit nicer than the other way.

Hey you get what you pay for, and if you live in the area (like me) its a great way to burn off some steam.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don Valley.



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Review Date
May 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: bigbore ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
short, not much to do, its ok if your close by.



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Review Date
June 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: sooz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There is a new trail in Etobicoke Creek, starting on the Toronto (East) side on the south side of Dundas. It goes for a kilometer to a dry crossing to the Mississauga side (Etobicoke Valley Leash Free Park). When in doubt, turn down stream. The trail then travels on the West bank through an erosion barrier, meadow, climb to a shale bench, then drops to another meadow. When the trail nearly hits the creek broad-side in this meadow, it turns 90 degrees right (downstream). Look for the next dry crossing about 100 feet from this point. This crossing takes you onto an island, turn right (downstream) and follow the island trail to its opposite end and another dry crossing. From here the trail joins an old trail system that goes under Queensway, up a hill, along a very to extremely exposed ridge, then down to Sherway Drive (3 variations). The trail continues south, under the QEW to the paved trails with 4 single-track side loops all the way to Lake Ontario. Challenging climbs, lots of exposure, and unlikely terrain make up this route.



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Review Date
September 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: the_sock ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Very fun trail. Can almost equal the Don Valley for fun. Some technical parts with roots and logs, fire roads, dowhills and winding singletracks. Can make a fun loop that is almost flowing with one detour over a bridge. Lots of off shoots trails and even a little valley with bridges and drops. One section with dowhills is fun to take on, lots of roots too in that area. Kinda eerie though with that discarded rollercoaster at one point...kinda Blair Witch kinda feeling in some parts.

Definately go with someone who knows the trails or go with some time to kill to explore the trail. Not worth going north of Matheson Rd, trails are so under used it's hard to use.

Recommended Route:
Start from the end of Rathburn, trail will be near the creek (on East side). Follow north. Cross north of Eglington and follow trails north until Matheson. Go across bridge (west) and find trail on left hand side. Go south on west side of creek. Follow trail south until you get to Burnhanthrope. Fun loop, will take about an hour to do.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don Valley. Or urban. Just get on your bike.



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