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Humber River Trail (William Granger Greenway)

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Municipally maintained hike and bike trail with a limestone screenings surface. Well used (but not crowded) for family outings, dog walking and exercise on foot or bicycle. Visit Kleinburg for unique boutiques and home-made ice cream. Pay to park at the Michael Gallery of Canadian Art and connect to the trail, or park elsewhere for free and follow the Humber Trail to the Gallery for free. (Fee for gallery admission.) Note that both maps linked below are out-of-date. The Trail currently (2007) is complete between Rutherford Rd and Stegman's Mill Rd. In 2008 plans are to complete the trail under Rutherford Road to eliminate crossing 4 lanes of traffic.
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Latitude
43.846799844908354
Longitude
-79.62424993515015
Trail Directions
Four points of entry with parking. 1) (As mapped) Off the south end of the parking lot in Binder Twine Park off Stegman's Mill Road
2) Off parking lot at William Foster Woods, east side of Islington just north of Major Mackenzie (requires ride down medium steep side of river valley)
3) Off north end of Canada Company Drive (requires ride down medium steep side of river valley)
4) Public parking at Pierre Berton Reference Library on Rutherford Rd (requires ride down paved bicycle path on Rutherford Rd boulevard and then crossing 5-lane road)
Trail Length
4
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Limestone Screenings
City/County
Vaughan (Woodbridge)/York Region
State/Territory/Province
ON
Country
CA
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Review Date
October 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hundminen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The description by Greying Geezer is about right. To add to it:

The main trail is a 6 foot wide fine-crushed gravel trail, good for family rides and for exercise, but be careful there are some loose sections which could be difficult for beginners. The main trail is not very busy, but be careful for pedestrians, especially closer to McMichael and on nice days. The main trail takes about a 30 minute to ride one-way between McMichael and Rutherford. As of this review, there is construction underway to connect the main trail under Rutherford Road and into Boyd Conservation area, so that will add quite a bit of extra distance and area, without ever having to cross a road. That extension should be ready by spring 2010.

For the cross-country riders, there are actually quite a lot of single track trails that branch off the main gravel trail. Between McMichael and Rutherford Road, there is a good 1 hour of trails (in segments) in total for the x-country rider, going here or there. Unfortunately, they are not all connected and are not signed. Some are easy to find, but some are quite over-grown and best ridden in the fall and spring. There is a whole separate area connected to the main trail just north of Major Mackenzie called William T. Foster Woods, and if you stay in the wooded area, you can add another 1/2 hr of excellent single track that will loop back to the main trail near McMichael. Some of this section is very challenging to ride.

All in all, this is not an organized cross-country biking area like Albion Hills, but if you explore the various branch trails, and follow it down into Boyd, there is probably a good 3 to 4 hours of trails altogether. Some sections are flat because they follow the East Humber River, but there are also a number of very good hill climbs throughout. There are some challenging sections as well. Overall, quite a lot of different terrain and trail types keeps it interesting.

This area needs a few more cross-country riders to ride it regularly and help establish some of the branch trails, and then it could be a lot better. There is huge potential because there is several hundred acres in this area that could ridden if there were only better trails.

If you live in Woodbridge or Kleinberg, and you like to mountain bike then you really should check it out. I have ridden here regularly for 12 years and never really tired of it.

Recommended Route:
Access points:
Boyd - corner of Langstaff and Islington
Boyd - north end of Pine Vally (north of Langstaff)
Boyd - Main Park entrance on Islington (north of Langstaff)
Boyd - Arista Gate, go to end, enter from parkette
Boyd/WG Greenway - Rutherford east of Islington
WG Greenway - south of fire station off Islington accross from McDonalds (this entrance is very cool)
WG Greenway - north of fire station, take Canada Company avenue to end
WG Greenway - at Major McKenzie - not recommended - no where to park
WG Greenway - Through William T. Foster Woods, Major Mac and Islington (free parking)
WG Greenway - Park at bottom of Stegman Mills Road
WG Greenway - Go through McMichael Art Gallery (pay for parking)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyd (connects to this trail)
William T. Foster Woods (connects to this trail)



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Hundminen (05/07/2010)
Check these links for trail maps:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4588348240_831896a055.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4588348158_c2376f0e38.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4587725363_13b784eed3.jpg
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