Highland Creek – Park Trail

Morningside Ave. & Ellesmere Rd., Toronto
Updated February 19, 2018
Highland Creek – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : Cruising
Total Trail Km : 7
Park Path % : 90
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, bridges, flat sections, drains well, gentle hills
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, change rooms, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  7 km (one way)

90% park path
10% road crossing, parking lots

Elevation – hill down to get to valley bottom,  flat, slight slope down to lake

Terrain –  wide asphalt path, some gravel & sandy sections, metal & wooden bridge crossings

Skill – easy with a big hill to get in and out of the valley

Maps – map at trailhead, signs on trail (some were missing)

Facilities –  parking lots, a few washrooms – Morningside park (half way), no food stores close by, park benches, picnic tables

Highlights – Lake Ontario, beach, bridges, creek, quiet area

Trail Fee – free

Phone – 311

Website – Toronto Conservation

Similar Trails – Humber River,  Taylor Creek

Local Clubs – Toronto Bicycle Network

Access – Westside – parking at Greenvale Terrace, Lawrence path entrance, Morningside Park, Old Kingston Rd., Highland Creek Dr.

Highland Creek Park has a bike path that curves around from Kingston Rd. up to Morningside Park then all the way back down to the lake. Though flat for some, at 14km there and back round trip, it make for a great trip especially with the fall colours.

Once you are down in the valley, the path follows the river with a few bridges that cross over and back. This ride is not busy and feels like you are out of the city because you cannot see the houses just on top of the valley edge at all.

Down at the beach there are spots for a rest stop and to dream away the day.

Map flag is at the centre of the trail, Morningside Park.

You can ride one way and back one day and plan the other direction some other day. At 14 km it may be too much for kids and beginners.

When you reach the lake there is a metal bridge and train tracks. Wait 15 minutes and I am sure one will roar by.

Here you can take in the lake view and meander around or for the more ambitious keep riding east along the waterfront trail.

Some springs will have flash floods and wash out the the trail embankment. You may find detours due to this as they try to improve on the fury of mother nature. If you find sand on the trail, that a clue to how high the water can get.

There is a  Guildwood GO station at the west side end of the trail for those of you who are coming from the other side of the GTA.

Open Street Map
Highland Creek bike trail map

Highland Creek bike trail map

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