DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Though I no longer live in King City, I still take the 40 minute drive to visit this trail seasonally. Having come here since I was a kid (15+ years), I've witnessed this trail change a lot over the years. The main integral characteristic of this trail is that the Humber River cuts through its first half (if starting from Keele Street, which is absolutely recommended). You'll come across the river within the first couple of minutes walking into the trail which then runs adjacent to the trail (though it's hard to see now due to untamed overgrowth). Once the river trails off 1/3 of your way in off Norman Drive, there's a lot of different features that can be seen as you travel deeper into the trail which includes marshes, open grasslands, and a bizarre looking pine forest which you can do a loop around. The trail itself links a surprising number of King City residential areas which includes Kingscross Estates, McClure Drive, and Heritage Park. It should take about 1 hr to 1.5 hr to complete the entire thing, though travelling all the way to Kingscross Estates during the summertime should be proceeded with caution as there are TONS OF MOSQUITOES as you travel deeper into the forest.

Unfortunately, the trail is not like it used to be back in the late 90's and early 00's. For one, it used to take much longer, but due to the aforementioned overgrowth of plants, lots of smaller trails have been hidden or have completely disappeared in time. In addition, the overgrowth prevents anyone from seeing much wildlife anymore, which in the past, included beavers and foxes (a beaver dam used to be directly in front of the bridge overseeing the Humber River but it has completely vanished now. I also haven't even seen a fox since spring of 2010).

On the positives, this is a great trail for mountain biking and there are tons of branching paths so that you can decide how short or long your trip can be. It has maps, it has a few benches (though no garbage cans) and because it has so many different features, it's a neat little walk. I would recommend visiting in the fall when mosquitoes are few, and water levels are low.