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Humber River Trail

Average Rating:    (3.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Mainly singletrack. Several large obstacles and deep underbush. Some parts are pretty twisty and fast. I have not completely explored yet, but this trail is quite discontinuous and requires you to use the paved trail to piece it together.
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Latitude
43.6343358019018
Longitude
-79.4725227355957
Trail Directions
Scarlett Rd, 2 blocks South of Lawrence. Enter on the street that is opposite to the Sunoco Gas Station. Follow this street to the small downhill that leads to a parking lot. Paved trail starts here. Look for the off road section to your left. This part is short. You will be back on the paved trail shortly. Continue and go left when the paved trail turns right and goes uphill. You will enter a singletrack section after a creek crossing.
Trail Length
long if you make down to Lake Ontario
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Toronto
   


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Review Date
November 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Rob Le Blanc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Humber Valley is usually good for linking up a larger cross-country circuit, using both pavement and single-track loops. A common circuit scheme entails the Martin Goodman trail or Humber Bay Park in the south to the Eglinton trail in the north. The latter will link with Mimico Creek, Etobicoke Creek, and Centennial Park.

Recommended Route:
A little traveled improvisation on the above mentioned circuit is Chapman Valley. This is an interesting way of by-passing much of the boredom of the Eglinton bike path while linking the Humber to Mimico and Etobicoke creeks. Instead of turning onto Eglinton at Scarlett, continue north on the Humber trail for three more blocks. Cross Scarlett on the south side of Chapman Creek (immediately north of Chapman Road) and follow the double track until it becomes unrideable single track. Cross the creek here to the north side and continue on the off-camber section. Eventually you will approach another crossing that is much easier than the first. The riding is much more moderate here but fun, none the less. Continue to a parkette at Royal York Road. The trail continues as fully developed pavement until Islinton. Cross Islington and drop down into the ravine into a recently refurbished trail through the ravine that exits on to the sidewalk on the south side of Dixon. Stay on the sidewalk westbound because the creek does a 90 degree bend underneath Dixon and the trail continues on the Southside. Follow the trail through Wincott Park and Wincott Dr. to Eglinton.



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Review Date
August 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: the_sock ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Actually, I found the exact location of that dirt jump park, but it's nowhere near Thackery Park. The place I found was south of the 401 between Islington and Albion Rd and Thackeray Park is north of Steeles between Kipling and Islington, so it can't be the same place. I came west on Finch and went south on Weston and started at Pine Point Park on the Humber Trail. Maybe you got to the same place but from your directions for Thackeray Park, you should have gone north, not south. Actually, I've heard of Thackeray Park from Bayview Cycle, and I'm dying to try it out (I hear it's like some trails I rode in Calgary) but I live too damn south in Etobicoke to get there right now.

Recommended Route:
Don't know if locals want to let a lot of people to know exactly where it is so I'll leave it at that. You can try to find it from my location from the summary.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I miss Calgary and the mountains.



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Review Date
July 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: capun_canuck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail you are thinking of with the dirt jumps is in Thackeray Park. See my review for Thackeray Park to learn more.



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: the_sock ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pretty damn short. Too many places along the river have been developed into parklands so much that all paths are now either paved or been abused/garbage dumps/nasty stuff. It was a bit sketchy riding there with many bad areas around in the north, almost got bike jacked. Many washed out trails and too many dead ends. Spent most of the time trying to find singletracks and too little biking. Also many people with dogs do not pick up their..."duty" or put them on leashes (I can't count how many times I was chased by dogs in one ride). The only redeeming feature of this whole fiasco was finding a little dirt jump park area which was pretty damn fun to go on and ride. It's nice and hidden and I don't know the exact location of the place.

Gets 1 for Aerobic for mostly paved paths (but getting away from those bike jackers did raise my heart beat).
Gets 4 only for the dirt park, hella fun and I bailed and endo a few times.
Get 3 overall because it'll be worth something if there are more singletracks but a good transit path in Etobicoke.

Recommended Route:
Park is somewhere south of the 401. Either than that, it's mostly good for family riding or if you live right next to the river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Etobicoke and Don Valley. Period.



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Review Date
May 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Alex , from Toronto

Summary:
This path is fairly short. It hugs the river, so you should stick close to it, so that you don't take another path off the trail. This is a single track. Very worn out almost, but rough, and in some parts its really hard to get by because of rocks. Plenty of roots to ride over, and downed branches appear spontaniously. Make sure you don't go in to fast from the start because there is a pranch that is hanging over the path, that is lower then 6ft. This path is not for a beginner, unless he plans on walking it.

Recommended Route:
Start at Eglinton and Scarlett and staying on the west of Scarlett go south. Then turn right right before the first bridge. Follow the paved path till you cross the bridge beside the rail road bridge. As soon as you get off the bridge, turn right, and look out on your right, and you will see a little drop into the path.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
after you exit the path, follow the paved trail until you get to Old Mill, then turn right onto the bridge, turn left back into a park afterwards, and follow the path till the end of the first up hill. then turn left to go down the rough hill, not too steep, but get as much speed for more fun. follow the trail into the forst and then theres a creek that is in a little ravine...set up a jump there, or just bike through it..i ahd a jump made there, but the park ppl taook it away



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