Taylor Creek and Warden Woods are beautiful stretches of parkland trail that continue from the Don Valley trail system. Although short, it has interesting bridges, alternate paths through the ravine, and gorgeous colours in the fall.
The trail is mostly paved and well-used, but there are some spots that are sandy or have water runoff. Set in a small valley, enjoy an ever-changing landscape as you follow the water.
Starting from the west end, where the trail meets the Don Valley, riders leave the drone of the highway as they ride along the winding creek.
The path also contains some wooden bridges, and a few new metal ones that should last longer (in the past, flash floods have taken out a few).
You may see signs of this flooding if you come across sand on the path. Annually water tends to spill over the banks in spring and can fill the valley on occasion.
An unusual part of this ride are the alternate paths through the creek. Rather than take a bridge, riders can take a route across the water along the concrete waterways built for park maintenance vehicles.
One is covered by only a trickle of water, but the other two cross the main creek and are typically ankle-deep. If the water is low they are easy enough to traverse; cross in a straight line, at moderate speed and in a low gear. Otherwise, if you go too fast or too slow, you will get wet or fall. It’s your call and fun too!
Halfway along the trail, on the north bank of the creek, is a wide dirt path that provides a good loop back for hybrid bikes.
Beyond Dawes Rd., young kids will likely want to stop at the duck pond to find frogs and turtles (and see ducks!).
Unfortunately, once you reach Victoria Park Ave. there is a long, steep hill up to street level, which then takes you to Warden Woods. It’s a tough climb, but well worth it.
Take this short detour to get around the…
…read more in the recently published trail guide, for purchase here.