Note: Just before the 10 km mark–Valley Inn Road Bridge is presently closed and in need of repair. Stay on Spring Gardens Rd following it north and cross the railway tracks via a pedestrian bridge and follow Plains/York road to rejoin the path. Please use caution as crossing Plains and York roads both are busy. We recommend dismounting and walking 300 m on Plains Road until you reach the bike lanes on York.
Terrain: Some hills.
Surface: Combination of paved and unpaved paths and roads. The Red Hill Valley Trail section of this route is best suited to hybrid and mountain bikes.
Level: Easy but due to the Valley Inn Bridge closure, it may not be suitable for young riders. Some hills and some roads. To descend from the York Street Bridge to the Desjardins Canal includes a trip down 166 stairs. A bike trough and a number of landings help break up the trip.
Family-friendly options–Waterfront Trail between Spencer Smith Park, Burlington to Confederation Park, Hamilton or the Waterfront Trail from Lakefront Park to Princess Point and back (roughly 3km each way, with a nearby Hutch’s at the wrap-up for some famous fries or ice cream)
Maps: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet. The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.
Download detailed paper-based maps of the loop
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