Urban Walk: Wayne Hike: Crothers Woods to Victoria Park Subway via Flat and Taylor Creek Trails

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02/25/2024 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Urban Walk: Wayne Hike: Crothers Woods to Victoria Park Subway via Flat and Taylor Creek Trails

  • HikeType Urban Walk
  • HikeIcon https://hikes.brucetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/7/marker_urban-walks.png
  • PaceTypes Moderate
  • TerrainTypes ,Flat,Variable
  • PaidOuting No
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Hosting Club: Toronto
Category: Urban Walk
Location (Google Maps): Meet inside Pape Subway Station at 10:15 to catch the #81 Thorncliffe Park bus at 10:30 to Millwood Rd and Overlea Blvd. From the bus stop we will walk along Millwood to Redway Rd on the left and follow it to the end around the Loblaws to the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trail Head. Alternatively, hikers wanting to meet us there directly by foot or car can do so. The proper hike will leave from the trail head at 11 am.

Hike Leader(s): Andrew Proczek Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

Pace: Moderate
Terrain: Flat, Variable
Distance: 10 km


"I decided to check out an alternative route along the Don River to avoid cycle traffic on [weekends] and it is pretty nice. I picked up the trail at the parking lot for the Loblaws on Redway Road and worked down into the valley to where it intersected with the Flats Trail on the west side of the Don River. No pavement and few bikes. Mosquitoes and stinging nettles but that is better than dodging bikes. 10 km in just over 2 hours. Need to walk with people to slow down. This on the go application is very useful in planning or tracing routes after the fact." https://onthegomap.com/s/1u3tdtku

Wayne Crockett, June 12, 2020

Please join me for this original Wayne hike. Just as Wayne did we will walk from the bus stop at Millwood and Overlea, by the Loblaws to the Crothers Wood's Trailhead to begin the proper hike which will remain in nature until we reach Dawes Road at 8.7 km. There will be no mosquitos or Stinging Nettle but the weather forecast is calling for a return to freezing temperatures, so icers may be required. And this is a good thing since Crothers Woods is known for its mud. "Mud, did someone say mud?!" I can almost hear Wayne chiding me. "Andrew, don't be spreading rumors of mud for one of my hikes!"

We will be visiting the 'Passage' installation under the Don Mills underpass as well as the Elevated Wetlands Sculptures a.k.a. 'The Big Teeth' along the route.

Public washrooms at Taylor Creek Park and Dawes Road, unfortunately are closed for the season. Washrooms at the start at Loblaws and bio breaks along the trail will be offered. Please pack a lunch, water or a warm beverage.

And, yes Wayne, the group will slow you down. The hike will proceed at the usual moderate pace.

Optional Pub stop at the end at The Feather's Pub, 962 Kingston Rd at Victoria Park where we can toast Wayne for a well planned hike.