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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +376/321 ft
Total: 257 riders
 

Mountain Biking Don Valley

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#13 of 311 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#441 in the world

This trail is a very technical trail due to it's steep climbs and descents. A majority of the trail is off camber and requires advanced skills to ride. Some parts of the trail are on paved bike paths in the Don River and Taylor Creek system. There is a large network of trails and it is hard to get lost if you know Toronto. You will eventually pop out at a major street and one can navigate their way back on the roads if the trails become confusing. GPS track files to follow.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
This is a trail in the downtown area of Toronto so there are multiple trailheads. One can be found behind Sunnybrook hospital on Bayview Avenue with a small and always busy parking lot. But the best trail head for parking is the gravel parking lot at the southeast corner of Bayview Avenue and Pottery Road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Toronto, Ontario

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Q: Hi, we are coming down from Quebec and i am wondering what is the best place to park in order to start at the bottom, and if we dont know Toronto well, are we gonna be able to go trough the trails easily with trail fork without getting lost? Thanks
A: If you park at the Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8) there is paid parking lots and it is close to many of the trails and the paved bike paths, and from my experience Trailforks will work for your rides, just make sure you check out some of the updates about trail closures etc.

Q: Hi, Im heading to Toronto for a few days in late July and am looking forward to riding a bit while Im there. Can anybody recommend a place where I can rent a decent bike near to this track?
A: Cycle solutions has the best rentals. It's a drive or a half hour ride to get to the trail head from the beach location.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    Lots of loose fresh snow with trail starting to get packed down by fat tires and hidden ice under the snow .

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    Currently variable conditions due to an early snow melt . The usual stick Don mud on the sides of slopes and lower areas along the tracks .
    Some dry patches covered with leaves .

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    Fresh snow covering everything with -23 windchill temps. Low psi on fat tires worked great . Still discovering new sections of the Don each time

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  • hollyanne99
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    Traveling to Toronto, I wasn't planning to ride here after reading the recommendations to go with someone who knows the trails and all the linking of portions you need to do on roads/trails. However, after a nightmare commute to the Kelso trails, we decided to ride these closer trails instead. We parked near the lower Don trails by the Loblaws grocery store and decided to just go, and hope we would like it and that we could figure it out. We were pleasantly surprised that it was pretty easy to just keep riding, We were able to ride out 50 minutes and could have kept going, before we turned around to go back the way we came. Within that time, I only consulted my phone to check directions 3 times, and we were able to ride straight back tracing our route. So, out-of-towners, don't be dissuaded! These were awesome trails! I couldn't believe all the elevation change occurring right in the heart of the city, and the features were great! I enjoy technical trails, and flowy trails, and these offered portions that were both. Not for a beginner (although segments could be). Fantastic find in the middle of the city!

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  • Jimmy Christensen
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    Follow the link below for an awesome highlight video of the Don Valley mountain bike trails in Toronto, Canada! I post a new video every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more!
    Link: https://youtu.be/KRO1YUAz74g

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  • williedillon
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    Don Valley never ceases to amaze me. The topography and trail design are very cool even before you consider it's all in the middle of a major city. There are some pretty insane trails here, and some of the ingenuity used in the trail building is quite impressive. There are a number of jumps and obstacles here which really add to the fun. And there are trails that are a bit too torn up, but most of them are in good shape. I highly recommend riding here, and if you can you should ride with someone who is familiar with it. Trailforks is also extremely useful here.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    Overall great with dry conditions . Using trails forks to add in new sections each time with this time more along river and eglington north.

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  • Jimmy Christensen
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    Copy and paste the link below for an awesome highlight video of the Don Valley trails in Toronto. The Don Valley is a really sweet spot right in the heart of Toronto that boasts over 50 miles of trails from beginner green to double black diamonds. The trails are pretty flowy and dry making them a bit slick if you aren't careful. The double black trails also tend to ride on some pretty steep cliffs and there are some huge drops, gap jumps, and other obstacles along the way. This clip shows two of the many segments that I rode on the first day. 'Party Atmosphere' and 'Rim Job' both are killer trails if you are an advanced rider! I post new videos from different spots around New England every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more!
    Link: https://youtu.be/bt2a5I8q77I

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    sun has turned the snow to mud on upper levels making them un rideable. But lower areas with some snow ,slush and ice under water are good with a low pressure fat tire- temp was 12c

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  • Kaizen

    Ian is a great guy, gave me a handful of trails to start me out in the summer , the low down on what intermediate trails to hit after that.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
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    second time in this fall , each time piecing more of it together and finding the good stuff..

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  • Rowerzysta

    Great conditions, good visibility due to no leaves yet. Fallen trees have been removed. No bugs makes it for an enjoyable ride

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  • kevsam
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    I consider myself a beginner mtn biker and been getting into it for the last 2 months. I rode the Don Valley my first time yesterday. I heard it was good and it was; but for a beginner like me, I still need to practice at easier trails before I'll be able to really handle the tougher trails at the Don. I know that if I hadn't already been training at easier trails elsewhere, I would have wiped out more times than I had. I wouldn't recommend this place for brand new novices. There are some hikers here too so watch out for them.

    There are no markers here but I guess everything created here is on a volunteer basis. The group that keeps this track maintained has done a great job. Thanks people :) I definitely will be back for another beating. I hope to improve my confidence riding here some more before the end of fall.

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  • akrygiel
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    Definitely advanced riding for an admittedly intermediate rider. Tons of fun and lots of challenges.

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  • Martin De Bast
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    My first ride on the Don trails. I'm sure I missed a lot but still found some good spots. Very muddy though and even some ice still in some spots

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  • *****

    Wow! Whodathunk such an awesome track existed amongst the skyscrapers?? Well almost. Love 'The Don'! Great balance of up/down... gnarly death-defying goat trails with flowy segments to catch your breath. Incredibly scenic, very well maintained and relatively easy to get to from anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. MTBers - do yourself a favour and ride The Don if you haven't already.

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