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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Thornton Bales Conservation Area is famous for its steep slopes and rugged beauty. This Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and has an elevation that drops 54 metres from its southwest corner to its northern boundary.

      Nicknamed "The 99 Steps", this conservation area is best suited to people who are in good physical condition and enjoy a challenge. Water bottles an​d comfortable footwear are strongly recommended for hikers targeting these woodland trails. Among the wildlife that can be found in this ravine-like setting are pileated woodpeckers and white tailed deer.

      The Koffler-Bales side trail provides access from Thornton Bales Conservation Area to the University of Toronto’s Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker’s Hill.

      Fun fact: The change in vertical elevation from the top of the 99 steps to the bottom is a larger change in elevation than the drop over Niagara Falls
      eBikes Allowed: No
      AKA: 99 Steps
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      Region Details
      15 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of Jun 12, 2020

      Hike Stats

      State Ranking
      #196
      Trails (view details)
      15
      Trails Hike
      15
      Trails Trail Running
      15
      Trails Snowshoe
      14
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      3 miles
      Total Descent
      1,099 ft
      Total Vertical
      217 ft
      Reports
      34
      Ridden Counter
      59

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 5 miles avg distance

      Recent Trail Reports

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      No Name
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Old Bathurst Street
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Pond Trail
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Sand Hill
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Side Loop
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Squirrel Catcher
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      The View
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Up and Over
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      99 Steps
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...
      Chute It
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      UnknownCanadmos TRAILFORKS LSRCA areas are back open -...

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2380173ClaireK8ob4qwishlisttrail99 Steps
      Aug 27, 2020 @ 9:06am
      Aug 27, 2020
      user #254562Canadmosaddreport99 Steps and 16 more
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:23am
      Jun 12, 2020
      user #2210774ChetnwishlisttrailMain Loop Trail
      Jun 8, 2020 @ 10:22pm
      Jun 8, 2020
      user #254562Canadmosaddreport99 Steps and 16 more
      Apr 25, 2020 @ 9:42am
      Apr 25, 2020
      user #254562CanadmosaddtrailDrop It and 1 more
      Nov 17, 2019 @ 1:53pm
      Nov 17, 2019

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