Matson Hill Park - Trail, Matson, Missouri

Matson Hill Park - Trail, Matson, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

The 2-3/4 mile trail was built by Gateway OffRoad Cyclists in cooperation with the St.Charles County Department of Parks and Recreation. While the milage is not long, there is 260 feet of elevation change in the park and 400 feet of climbing per loop. A couple of loops will finish your day. I am re-reviewing the trail because the original reviewer used the wrong name and a search for Matson goes nowhere. See "Mathison Trail" for more.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 10, 2010]
Deserteagle99uzi
Cross Country Rider

The Distance listed is out of date. The total distance is much closer to 6 miles now for this trail. The existing ~3 miles remains unchanged but there is a freshly built 3 mile loop which, if taken, extends the total mileage to roughly 6. The newer trail section is much smoother and faster than the old as it benefits from several more years of GORC's collective trailbuilding experience. Many creek crossings and a VERY intelligent layout characterize this loop which will be increased even more in the coming years.

Customer Service

Clockwise staying left at all forks starting from the lot.

Similar Products Used:

Klondike Park, Lost Valley

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 11, 2006]
zod
Cross Country Rider

I am in Missouri once or twice a year and usually just ride at a private trail that is the best in the state but my father just moved very near Matson Hill so I decided to try it out. I was not expecting much as the trail is only 3 to 3.5 miles long but man was I ever suprised! Matson Hill as the name states is built completely on a hill-side....a very steep one at that. This is the kind of layout a lot of trail builders would pass on but I am very glad GORC decided to give this land a go. The builders smartly decided to make Matson Hill one big downhill followed up by one big climb back to the top.

I did it in both directions and found clockwise to be the best b/c it made for the longest downhill and the steeper (albeit shorter) climb. The downhill in this direction is on tight/twisty yet very fast beautifully benched singletrack. I was flying down the hill and the dense vegitation slapping my legs added to the sensation of speed. On more than one occasion I caught myself on the edge of going too fast! Throw in a couple rocky highspeed dry creekbed crossings and one nice tiny rock drop and I was grinning all the way to the bottom! This downhill can be as technical as the rider wants to make it b/c staying iff the brakes will lead to some crazy top speeds. The thickness of the forest makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere in some jungle! Makes for a real cool vibe. The climb out is a little tough...granted I was on a 38lbs all-mountain full suspension rig. On the negative I found the trailwork on the climb out (clockwise) to be a lot less professional than the work done on the 1st half of the trail. There was a real lack on benching, following contours, etc. It looks like this side of the trail was done by a whole different group of people as it is off par with the work done on the first half of the trail. It will lead to erosion issues eventually and those will have to be addressed but all in all the trail still rocks for what it is.....the most kick butt 3 miles trail system you could ask for. From what I have ridden in Missouri it is definitely more technical and fun than most of the boring XC singletrack/doubletrack in the state.

I did a 2nd lap counter-clockwise as well but did not like it near as much. The downhill in that direction is over fast and doesn't flow and the climb out is a long boring gut-buster. I won't both riding it counter-clockwise ever again instead I'll 2 laps clockwise! I'll be back to Matson Hill next time I am in Missouri!

Customer Service

Clockwise seems the best direction to me. As others have stated starting at the Matson Hill parking for the KATY trail and then riding up the long gravel road will add some milage, a nice climb, and one hell of a fast descent back to the car!

Similar Products Used:

Klodike
Lost Valley
KATY Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 19, 2006]
jeriCurl
Cross Country Rider

A fast fun ride deep in the woods. Riding this trails feels like you are riding in a jungle there is that much vegatation around you. The trail is currently only 3 miles long, but it is a very hard 3 miles of constantly going up and down and it feels totally different riding it the opposite direction. For more information and a detailed trail map go to:

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

Customer Service

Start on the Katy Trail and ride up Matson Road (the gravel road that starts behind the the buildings facing the Matson Station). Then ride a clockwise lap, followed by a counter-clockwise lap. Bomb back down the gravel road and ride back to your car.

Similar Products Used:

Technical: Chubb, Klondike, Greensfelder
Fast & fun: Lost Valley, Castlewood, Quail Ridge
Epic: Berryman, Council Bluff

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 10, 2004]
dewman
Cross Country Rider

This trail has become one of my favorites after just one ride. Maybe it's because it was 70 degrees today in the middle of November, or because it was freshly maintained a few days ago. Whatever the reason, this trail is excellent. The trail has a nice flow to it, blending with the topography to help you enjoy the ride, not have a heart attack going straight up every ridge. There's no monster climbs, the freshly maintained creek crossings are all on solid rock slabs, and the downhills seem to last forever. As noted before, at 3 miles the ride ends much too soon, so riding it in both directions is nice.

Customer Service

Both ways.

Similar Products Used:

Lost Valley, Klondike, Hamburg, Quail Ridge

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 22, 2004]
Lynux
Cross Country Rider

WARNING: Do not try to ride this trail after it rains. wait a few days to a week. This trail is a good single track with creek crossings. The trail drops down into a valley and snakes around with some difficult climbs. Alot of fun. Only drawback is its short so ride it twice.

Customer Service

Both ways

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 18, 2003]
maddogcapt
Weekend Warrior

One word describes this trail: FAST! The downhills are a blast, very smooth and tons of creek crossings. The only problem is, what goes down, must come up. The climbs are all rideable even though one lap is supposedly 400' of climbing, it didn't seem that bad. This was my first time on this trail and highly recommend it for a good quick ride. We rode it counterclockwise first and then clockwise the second time. I thought the downhill portion was more fun on the clockwise loop. There is now ample parking for at least 8 or 10 cars at the trailhead so unless you really want to bust a lung climbing up from the katy trail, drive to the trail.

Customer Service

Ride it both ways.

Similar Products Used:

Chubb

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 01, 2001]
Jason McKinney

I found this trail to a fun and slightly challenging course. It is short, but if you do it more than once around it will fill up your day. My advice is to bring an extra inner tube with you. We had a flat on this trail but it was well worth it.
A must ride,
Jason

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 17, 2001]
John

It's short, and very sweet. This is some fairly unique terrain, heavily wooded, very dark and shady, with several rock-bottom creek crossings. The trail has a ton of elevation change and great natural beauty. Stop and look around when you reach the bottom of the 'valley' it's great.

Be sure to park at the Matson Katy trail parking lot as the actual trail parking is kinda small. Respect the neighbors please. for directions and a map go to: http://www.geocities.com/gateway_mtb

Customer Service

Clockwise or counter-clockwise this trail is a great experience.

Similar Products Used:

Lost Valley, Chubb, and the king of all midwestern trails THE BERRYMAN.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 25, 2002]
Big G

Man, this has to be the epitome of smooth, slithering singletrack in the st. louis area. i think there were 3 rocks on this entire trail. it is like the opposite of chubb, in that it lacks technicality. i loved it though! after one ride, i am anxious to ride this thing to the point where i get really familiar with it, and then it could be one fast trail! it would be loads faster with berms on some of the off-camber turns and switchbacks, but as it has been stated before, there would be a mad erosion issue. this a great trail for a great workout, in that it is perfectly set up to set a good pace and rhythm and just spin up the hills. good stuff.

the creek crossings were unlike any others in this area. also, the general environment makes you think you are in "yoda's homeland" (when there is enough humidity) as a buddy of mine put it. it is very lush with vegetation. excellent.

Customer Service

clockwise offers a longer, sweeter downhill, and then a steeper uphill.
counter clockwise gives you a shorter downhill, and a long lung-testing climb.

Similar Products Used:

chubb, castlewood, cliff cave, greensfelder

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 17, 2003]
Matt Daniels

DO NOT ride Matson if it has rained within a week of your ride. I did. I was a ninny. I have never ridden in more miserable conditions in my life. I rode it in mid Feb. and the ground was frozen solid with about 3/4" of mud on top that looked and felt like pudding. Horrible. And I got lost getting there, too.

Here's REAL directions. Take 64/40 to 94. Go south on 94 for at least 9 miles. Pass through Defiance. There are two Katy trail access lots. The first will be on the left (in Defiance), the second on the right. Pull into the second. Look toward the back left corner of the lot.

(You do not want to ride to the trailhead from this lot. It's not 1.8 or whatever miles. It's more like five or six. And it's a steep climb.)

Follow the road straight, not left, as the sign for Matson Hill Rd. would lead you to believe. Just keep on it. It goes from pavement to gravel. After a mile or so you'll hit pavement again. Veer right. The lot is less than a mile up on the left.

It should also be noted that you will really want a trailmap. I went around 2:00 in the afternoon, and I got lost. There are many trails cris-crossing each other in the lower areas. I took a wrong turn, and then it got dark. And cold. I finally got out, and, stopping for gas on the way home, locked my keys in my car. Maybe I will go back in the summer. In the DRY summer.

Customer Service

I did it clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Castlewood is great. Something for anyone. I also liked Cross Creek in the Ozarks. Four Winds is pretty cool also. And I hear Berryman is fun.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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