Highland Creek Park is a favourite local getaway. Explore the ever-changing landscape as you ride this 7 km trail, especially when the fall colours are out. This bike path curves up and around Kingston Rd. to Morningside Park then back down to Lake Ontario.
I recall the path as easy and paved, flowing back and forth over the creek via bridges and on to the lake.
The route never seems too busy, and feels as though you are riding out of the city. Looking up from the path at the treeline it’s not hard to imagine you are in the country, as the houses are just out of sight.
The park has a half-manicured parkland, half-wild ravine feel. Two creeks meet in the valley, and flash floods seem to damage the path every year. There may be detours set up, as the city is always working on the problem.
Once down in the valley, there are no monstrous hills—until you need to get out. The signage keeps you on track, but a few more markers would be nice.
In the middle of the route is Morningside Park, a large woodland that can be a starting point or the perfect picnic stop. With families coming here for BBQs, it has plenty of picnic tables and washrooms.
East, and up the north bank of the valley, sits the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. These modern, architectural builds are worth a look, but the path there starts as a gradual climb and soon ends at a flight of stairs. (Hmm, not so bike friendly. Time to hike-a-bike….)
Watch for the two large road bridges you pass under, as you ride farther down. Growing on the flood plains at the mouth of the creek are some lovely fields of ferns under the tree canopy.
When you reach the lake, three metal bridges greet riders at the mouth of the creek. Wait fifteen minutes and I am sure a train will roar by.
Down at the water’s edge, find a place on the beach to stop and dream away the day, or read a book.
Take in the view of Lake Ontario and decide which way to go: head back or find much more path to ride, heading east along the Rouge Valley part of the Waterfront Trail.
MTB riders will only find the odd short trail, surprisingly not much here worth trying.
For those coming from farther away, the Guildwood GO station is close to the west end of the trail.
This is the best bike trail in Scarborough, and a top ride in the city. I am not sure everyone knows this, but now you do!