Taylor Creek + Warden – Park Trail

Don Valley to Warden Ave., Toronto
Updated July 1, 2018
Taylor Creek + Warden – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : Popular
Total Trail Km : 10
Park Path % : 100
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, water crossing, can be muddy, bridges, flat sections
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 6 km (one way)

80% park path
10% gravel path
10% road detour

Elevation – flat, a few dips at the water, graduale incline up the creek

Terrain – asphalt, smooth soil, gravel, alternate water crossing, sandy patches

Skill – easy to intermediate

Maps – map at trailhead, signs on trail

Facilities – 4 parking lots,  washrooms in the middle and Dawes Rd.

Highlights – bridges, water bridges, duck ponds, fall colours, water crossings

Trail Fee – free

Phone – 311

Website – City of Toronto

Similar Trails – Highland Creek, Humber Valley, Morrison Valley

Local Clubs – TBN – Toronto Bicycling Network

Access –  parking lots at: Pharmacy Rd., Dawes Rd., bottom of Haldon Ave., by DVP enter from Don Mills Rd. (check map, entrance has no sign!)

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Taylor Creek and Warden Woods are beautiful stretches of parkland ravine trail that continue from the Don Valley trail system. Though short, it has interesting bridges, alternate paths and gorgeous fall colours.

Starting from the west end where is meets the Don Valley, you leave the drone of the highway as you ride up along this winding creek.

The path is all paved with wooden bridges, and now a few metal ones.

Flash floods have in the past taken out a few. You may see signs of this with sand on the path. Yes torrents of water have risen over the banks and flooded the valley!

An unusual part of this ride is the alternate paths through the creek water. Rather than taking the bridges you can take the water route across the concrete waterways built for park maintenance traffic.

One is only a trickle, the other two cross the main creek and typically are ankle deep. If so, traverse in a straight line at a moderate speed in a low gear so you can easily clear it.

Otherwise, too fast or too slow, you get wet, you fall… Your call (at your own peril); could be fun…

Half way along this trail is an alternate dirt path on the north bank of the creek which is a good loopback for hybrid bikes. (watch for dogs)

Beyond Dawes Rd, kids will like to stop at the duck pond to find frogs and turtles.

Unfortunately  when your reach Victoria Park Ave. there is a long steep hill up to the street to take you to the Warden Woods path. A short side detour to gets you around the golf course, which I think is worth it.

Detour – Take Donside Dr. to Maybourne Ave. go along Dolphin Dr. and down Pharmacy Ave., park trail starts again on eastside of road after the bridge.

Warden Woods is more of a natural treed ravine setting, and beautiful. The path meanders up to end at St.Clair Ave. where the Warden subway station is. The last half of this section has some gravel.

Park benches, BBQ pits and two washrooms stops add to the comforts of this ride.

A very popular, enjoyable trailway that connects to the Don trails for more riding. North of where I live, it gets plenty of use. ;^)

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