Flint Quarry Trail - TRAIL

Flint Quarry Trail - Trail, Eureka, MO, Missouri

The Flint Quarry Trail is named for the ancient pits where early Americans dug flint for tools, and was built by volunteers from Gateway Off Road Cyclists (GORC).

The trail starts up a short but very steep hill, then slowly climbs 400 feet in less than a mile to a scenic overlook. It then rollercoasters with a couple of tough climbs to the picnic table at Chubb Trail, the high point of the trail system.

User Reviews (3)

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Richard   Racer [Sep 03, 2009]

I've used this site to get trail reviews all over North Carolina, Utah, Colorado, and Missouri. My advice is always to travel with caution because riding an unfamiliar trail and getting lost- defined as- not knowing where the hell this trail ends up or which turnoff to take- is not fun. Yes- I've gotten lost in some of the finest mountain biking parks in the United States and consider myself an expert in that field. This is also a great winter hike with limited opportunities to get yourself lost which I am very good at- I've never gotten lost in this park. Doh!

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Reader note: this is a connecting trail that is accessible from either Lone Elk park or from Chubb Trail. Also, the map in this review is for Palo Alto, CA. It's a nice little add on. Encourage you try biking from Lone Elk (park by the gates at the main entrance and follow either the Gravel road or the bike path in the woods that parallel the gravel road). This is about a 14 mile loop and will require much of an 80 oz camelback route in mid summer and few places to get drinking water. I used to ride to it from my home in Valley Park to make it 20 miles even- about 1.5hrs- until the bridge over 141 turned into a deathtrap with no shoulder . Here is an out and back loop with limited ability to get lost: My mental map goes: Lone Elk Park Entrance- big downhill-doubletrack parallel to train tracks-cross train tracks-singletrack parallel to river (very muddy following rainy periods- excellent in the fall)- Trail moves away from river - through a prairie restoration area- back over the railroad tracks- and then up a rather long and sometimes technical climb- topping out at about 10 minutes long and 35 minutes into the ride. Stay on the main trail. At the top of the climb you'll meet a picnic table. Flint Quarry trail terminates here. Don't take it- because you'll be returning via this trail (more fun if you like riding uphill which I do). Have a drink. Keep going straight (You'll ride about 2 miles of up and down-sometimes rocky-sometimes technical (meaning you'll be dabbing every now and then) stuff before a fast roller coaster run in to Chubb State Park. You'll pop out by a Covered veranda. Ride down the the (paved) hill and turn left at the bottom. This takes you to a parking lot adjacent to Flint quarry trailhead. Trailhead here is reasonably well marked but don't be embarassed to ask.

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jeriCurl   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2006]

Part of the Chubb trail. For more information and a detailed map go to:

http://www.gorctrails.com/trails/mchubb.asp

Similar Products Used: Technical riding: Chubb, Klondike, Greensfelder
Fast & Fun: Lost valley, Matson, Quail Ridge, Castlewood
Epic: Berryman, Council Bluff
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el diablo gato   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2004]

Basically one long climb with few flat or downhill sections(very few). Trail surface is mostly composed of jagged, craggy rock outcroppings. That's rock as in solid rock, not loose rock. I rode this trail alone but very cautiously. In retrospect I would advise riding this one with a buddy in case of an accident. Overall, an excellent training trail if you want some experience in picking your way through twisted rock gardens. The good news? The return trip back down the hill is incredible, hold on tight!

Customer Service

Above instructions are perfect for finding trailhead. Once there, walk bike up first hill (it is very steep) then hop on and climb trail to picnic bench on Chubb. Turn around and rocket to the bottom.

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Samit   Cross Country Rider [Mar 14, 2004]

Long climbs, rolling descents, great views, and it connects to the Chubb.

Customer Service

I like to alternate between climbing the hill and descending it.

Similar Products Used: The Grotpeter, the Lone Wolf, and the River Scene at Castlewood St. Pk. are great. Don't miss the DeClue at Greensfelder, and the Matson Hill Trail in St. Charles.
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