Lost Valley - Trail, St. Charles, Missouri

Lost Valley - Trail, St. Charles, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

This trail is pretty tame for midwest standards, not too technical. It's a good 7.0 mile loop with mostly single/doubletrack and a gravel road section(mabye 1 mile). There are some detours along the trail, unmarked, that can lead to fun singletrack loops. This trail is also open until 10pm, so it is ideal for a night ride!

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 08, 2012]
mikesbales
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail overall. It has a few very big hills which you must climb if you park on the south side of the trail. Quite a bit of the trail is very narrow switchbacks and a couple creek crossings.

Customer Service

Start from the south (Go down Hwy 94 apx. 1/4 mile past the Sheriff's Training Center) and head in from the parking lot. I've heard alot of horror stories about cars being broken into at the north lot for me to risk it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 10, 2010]
Deserteagle99uzi
Cross Country Rider

Yet another trail that has had miles of singletrack added very recently by GORC. While a few miles of doubletrack still exists on this trail it is all relegated to 1 section leaving the rest all sweet single. The newly cut singletrack (about 2.5 miles worth) brings the total for this loop close to 11 miles. If you take the route that most do that I will describe below you'll end up closer to 13 miles. All the singletrack is build quite well and the double is grown over enough that it isn't too boring of a break.

Customer Service

According to the map here:

http://gorctrails.com/trails/mlostvalley.asp

I would recommend parking at (5) which is a parking lot just to the right of highway 94 heading south. It is very easy to miss so keep your eyes open as 94 threads through this area very tightly. Once parked head south on the hamburg trail and watch for a very steep drop-in lined with gravel on your right. At the bottom of this hill head left to start the loop. Continue along the singletrack and make sure to go left when you come to the abandoned road (this will be going DOWNHILL). Then make a quick right at the 3 way intersection (left takes you under 94, straight takes you to the other parking lot.) Next take the doubletrack all the way up to (2) and drop in again after the only big hill climb of the trail. Make sure to make a right at (3) and head to the brand new singletrack. At the end of this singletrack you will be at (4). At this point you can either bail out and head left back to (5) and your car or go right down a VERY long doubletrack hill. Then simple backtrack by turning left and take this section of the trail in the opposite direction back to your car.

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Matson Hill
Klondike

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2009]
sil3ncer7
Weekend Warrior

At first I wasnt really sure about it but after a few of my friends said to I took the plunge and drove out there and man was I in for a surprise. at about mile 3 it started to get fun and interesting, and by mile 4 I was like WOW! the big switchbacks were just awesome and then the long flat gravel road was nice. right around the tunnel I dont know if I just missed the turn, but I went under the tunnel and had to go right then cross back over 94 to the parking lot but that was WELL worth it, and will be going back SOON!

Customer Service

I went left and think I would take the left from here on out. the long road coming back to the tunnel was nice and easy after the 7 miles so the last 2 were well worth the time.

Similar Products Used:

Hamburg, Klondike, and Weldon Spring

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 21, 2007]
lesh
Weekend Warrior

I found L.V. to be great place to workout and a challenging place for new riders to practice their new found mountain bike skills. I think for most seasoned riders they can find a trail here for their choice of difficulty in my opinion.

Customer Service

I went to the Left and then took road the down middle that brought me back to the Parking Lot. It was about 7 miles total that I road. It was a awesome down hill run on the last mile back. Ok, it was just a blast to go that fast and to cool off. I'm just glad a deer didn't jump out in front of me.



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Wentzville, MO has 2 great parks with trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 11, 2006]
zod
Cross Country Rider

Lost Valley is a funny name b/c it's hard to get lost when you spend what seems like 75% of your time on gravel roads spinning away...for me personally that does not equate to mountain biking. As I boringly pedaled down the gravel I would look to my side at the adundant forest and wonder why I was being made to ride a road when a nice singletrack trail could be cut in meandering the general direction of the road. There was one section where I was riding down a flat path through a grassy valley for a good distance yet directly off to my left was a beautiful wooded hillside with nice contours...it was very frustrating. Lost Valley for me was too much road and not nearly enough trail.

Now all that being said the singletrack that was cut in was very nice and a lot of fun. In a few section it rolled the countours really well allowing for some really fast speeds and incredible flow! Great work, super nice benching, A+ for the trail work...but that is heavily off-set by all the time spent on gravel roads and doubletrack. I will certainly ride Lost Valley again next time I am in Missouri but it will only be with hopes that more work has been done. 8+ miles of riding is nice for blowing out the cobwebs but it would be nice if it were all on singletrack. Gravel roads bad......singletrack good!

I had a lot more fun at Matson Hill.....

Customer Service

I did it clockwise and from what I could tell that seemd like the best choice when I was done. It seems like I did most of my climbing on gravel and most of the descending on singletrack. Yet during my ride most people were riding counter-clockwise? Made no sense to me...so I suggest clockwise.

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Klondike

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 19, 2006]
jeriCurl
Cross Country Rider

My favorite trail. I ride this trail at least once a week. It is a 9 mile trail now that GORC has massively improved it with more super fun and sustainable single-trak. All of the recent trail work has really paid off with a trail that is one of the first in the area to dry out. This trail is super fun wooded riding without a lot of super technical stuff. This trail is fun for the beginner or the advanced. For more information and a detailed trail map go to:

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

Customer Service

I like parking at the Nuclear mound on Hwy 94 just south of 40. I then ride down the Hamburg trail to the backside of Lost Valley. Drop in on the trail and make a sharp left turn at the bottom of the trail. Ride it clockwise, then keep going on a second lap till you get to the "middle-road" that bisects the park. Climb up that, then ride the whole loop counter-clockwise for a totally different feeling trail.

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Technical: Chubb, Klondike, Greensfelder
Fast & Fun: Castlewood, Matson, Quail Ridge
Epic: Berryman, Council Bluff

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 19, 2005]
slu2008
Weekend Warrior

Haven't ridden this trail in about a year. I rode it on Friday and it is AWESOME!!! The work that GORC did on this trail was great. I plan on going back soon.

Customer Service

Either is sweet.

Similar Products Used:

Chubb

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 19, 2005]
Usually_Bleeding
Weekend Warrior

This trail continues to get better. If ridden clockwise, the first 3 miles is fire road, but then begins a very fun single track which lasts a few miles until it hooks up with the old route again. Blast down the fireroad to the valley where you connect again with a nice single track to finish it off. Great job GORC.

Customer Service

I go clockwise to avoid climbing that long fire road.

Similar Products Used:

Matson Hill, Klondike

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 10, 2005]
Kbradsher
Weekend Warrior

The trail is currently in great shape. The new sections are awesome and have really added to the fun you can have at Lost Valley!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 15, 2005]
Kbradsher
Weekend Warrior

January 14, 2005...Temp 9 degrees...We had a very wet snow on January 13 followed by a hard freeze making the trail a little slick in spots. I had about 6 unplanned side dismounts (nothing major). The scenary was extremely beautiful with all of the snow still on the trees and branches. My only big mistake was to blow air into my Camelback after taking my first drink. My water hose quickly froze and made it impossible to use. I did enjoy some fresh snow off of some low hanging branchs. Overall it was a fantastic ride. The creeks that run along the trail are full of fast moving water from the rains we had prior to the freeze. Now is the time to get out and ride. You'll get more action then you can imagine. Watch out for fallen branches on the long down hill. Under the current conditions a grade the rating very high. Lots of snow and ice. Be ready for anything!

Customer Service

Either way is good.

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Try the new Page bridge over to Creve Couer park.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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