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Humber River Trail, Toronto - March 2009

We entered the Humber River Trail via St. Marks Road. There was a GIANT mound of snow at Magwood park entrance surrounded by really wet muddy grass.

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Magwood Park Entrance: Humber River Trail March 2009

Once in the park, we had to walk past a giant ice covered puddle, surrounded by ice, slush and very soggy grass. We couldn't tell if there was ice lurking below the slosh of muddy water on the path so chose to slog around on foot.

Magwood Park: Humber River Trail March 2009

We headed south along the river. The day before there were quite a few families walking with dogs and children. One dog looked like it was out of its mind with joy - it had clearly been rolling in the mud. But on the Monday, we had the place almost to ourselves, seeing only three other people.

It had rained on the Sunday night so we were able to ride over one small section of the path that had been covered in snow and slush the day before. But the ice and debris were still firmly across the pedestrian trail. The large branch in the water was just on the edge of the water on Sunday. The overnight rain had swelled the banks of the river further.

Humber River Trail March 2009
Humber River - pedestrian trail

And then we rode happily on the clear dry trail that must have been cleared by machines. On both sides of the trail were large blocks of ice. The pedestrian trail that runs parallel to the bike/hike trail was inaccessible - either covered in mud or submerged. Where it was exposed, it was badly buckled in several places. The river isn't exactly white water but is rushing wildly, very high and well past its usual banks (I would have been nervous to let a dog go off leash).

Humber River Trail March 2009

Humber River Trail March 2009
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