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Trails
I believe there's a proposal to put a trail bridge over the Expressway near the hydro corridor, to connect Sunrise Centre and the Activa neighbourhood to this area. Not sure how far along it is, or how much support it has.
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I checked out the trails along the Grand River this morning.  Very high water of course.

   

   

   

   

   
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Found this oddity in the "Kolb Greenway".

https://goo.gl/EW41tu

The trail in the middle...

   

...leads here:

   

Also: What the heck is going on here?

https://goo.gl/7C8TU4

When I couldn't proceed down this one trail any further I saw on Google that there was a trail on "Otterbien Road" I could go on instead.  But it ended up being someone's driveway and there's this weird house that seems to be in the middle of this huge area with scary signs all outside of it.  Does this person own this entire parcel of land or something?

I really enjoyed these trails, too:

https://goo.gl/V5aGz9

Some really, really nice houses along there as well.

(06-25-2017, 09:40 AM)timio Wrote: If you want a cardio workout, take the left past the school south of McGarry.  The trail follows the inside of the sound barrier along the expressway while doing about 3-4 hills in that time.  You can then go down the street and re-join the hydro trails at Yellow Birch.

I will for sure. I realized once I got home I could have made a big "bulb" loop there and done that. Next time!
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(06-25-2017, 05:43 PM)Canard Wrote: Also: What the heck is going on here?

https://goo.gl/7C8TU4

When I couldn't proceed down this one trail any further I saw on Google that there was a trail on "Otterbien Road" I could go on instead.  But it ended up being someone's driveway and there's this weird house that seems to be in the middle of this huge area with scary signs all outside of it.  Does this person own this entire parcel of land or something?

Haven't been there in a long time, but years ago on family walks we'd take the path down the hill from Ebydale, and then along the river. Never had issues with that property, but it's possible things have changed with the times...
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I have run there before and there is a trail at the end of Otterbein as marked on the map. It follows a hydro line most of the way and connects with a bunch of single-track mountain-biking trails in the Natchez Woods. As I recall, it's little more than a single-track trail itself, and it goes up a very steep hill (~20% grade) that is not for the faint of heart.
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That steep hill in Natchez woods has been on my radar for a while, never been in the neighbourhood with my mountain bike though, gonna have to take a rip there sometime.
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I run through those trails fairly often. I usually run the one that goes from the end of Ottawa Street, and it goes around the top of the hill and then goes down to meet up with the Walter Bean Trail. It's usually pretty peaceful in there, and I see more dog walkers than bikes. I can't remember ever seeing any other runners; most probably stick to the Walter Bean Trail. I've seen deer on a couple of occasions. It is marked with white blazes, although there is an alternate way around the hill with blue marks. I don't think either actually goes up to the top of the hill, but you could find your way up easily enough if you wanted.

Once or twice I took the branch up to Ebydale, and there was no problem getting there. But I haven't been to the part that is at the very end of Otterbein Road.
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(06-25-2017, 07:51 AM)Canard Wrote: It's a neat run.  Very open, and I like looking at the towers (the big junction/Y here is really interesting), but the surface is a very loose gravel so my wheels were skating around a lot.

Typical of many of the gravel trails in the area.  I don't feel comfortable with my hybrid at speed on some of them.

I wish there was a better option for cyclists between Lawrence and Westmount along the Henry Sturm Greenway.  Hill with loose gravel / sharp turns, or single track sand ruts.  Regardless it's a slow slog through there.
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(06-25-2017, 10:18 PM)timio Wrote:
(06-25-2017, 07:51 AM)Canard Wrote: It's a neat run.  Very open, and I like looking at the towers (the big junction/Y here is really interesting), but the surface is a very loose gravel so my wheels were skating around a lot.

Typical of many of the gravel trails in the area.  I don't feel comfortable with my hybrid at speed on some of them.

I wish there was a better option for cyclists between Lawrence and Westmount along the Henry Sturm Greenway.  Hill with loose gravel / sharp turns, or single track sand ruts.  Regardless it's a slow slog through there.

Mountain bike is a great option
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I'm trying to figure out where you're talking about - I searched for Henry Sturm Greenway, but google says it's here...
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