The Strangest Staircase in TorontoLocation: Crothers Woods Trail, East York, ON M4H 1P6
Crothers Woods Trail hidden in the brush of a busy intersection in Leaside is a set of stairs unlike any other in Toronto.
Almost completely concealed from view, the entrance to this small urban wonder sits tucked away on Redway Road just before it swerves to meet Millwood: a busy intersection which belies the silent secret that hides just to its south.
As the boardwalk approaches the ravine wall it starts a fairly steep climb. This section of the woods is full of birds and the stairs provide an excellent place to find some quiet time when you can sit and watch for them.
The stairs were designed as an escape route for employees of the plant that was built to serve the Leaside area in 1929, in case of emergencies or floods, which is likely, considering the whole area is nestled in the flood plain that is Don Valley.
Crothers Woods is one of the most bike friendly parks in the city. Bikers are encouraged to use the trails although pedestrians still have the right-of-way.
Here, you'll hear the occasional whizzing of mountain bikers as they zoom around the multi-leveled trails of Crothers, giving you the impression of deer dashing through the forest.
You'll find Crothers Woods staircase intersects with a bike trail or two before flattening out into a boardwalk.
Descriptions and images courtesy of hikingthegta.com and blog of Tanya Mok in blogTo.
It's actually a mountain biking trail but more people have started hiking/running it recently. The trails are pretty narrow and theres two-way traffic so its not the best for social distancing, but if you go early in the morning its gorgeous. Theres a parking lot by a Loblaws that most people enter from, but you can also access it by foot from Evergreen Brickworks/the Beltline trail.