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Lost Valley Trail

Intermediate

Trail

10.1 mile 16.3 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 665' 203 m
Descent: -666' -203 m
High: 721' 220 m
Low: 464' 141 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Brian Barton

A great trail full of variety around every turn.

Brian Barton

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Dogs must be on leashes at all times.

Overview

This is one of the go to trails in the St. Louis area. It is ever expanding with the volunteer help provided by GORC. Enjoy the Technical and flowy trail with short stints of doubletrack gravel.

Bring your Bug spray in the late spring and summer!

Need to Know

Stay light on your feet and off the saddle in the rocks to prevent flats, but bring items to repair them also!!!

Description

Head down the fire road into the property to get to the singletrack. Where the doubletrack opens up to the right head that direction, then to the left toward the middle climb.

Just to your left after turning onto the middle climb, you'll see the opening for the singletrack. This is the newest section called the beaver pond section. It is by far the most technical section of the entire trail with only 8" to 10" tread and some rough terain. You'll round the beaver pond just after clearing an armored drainage crossing and get back onto a shot stretch of fireroad.

At around the 2.5 mile mark, you'll see singletrack peel off to the right. This is the root ball section and with a good climb to start off and a couple tight swithchbacks. it will lead into a long climb into the "Cedars" and accross a spring crossing into the Haunted Hollow.

From there you just go with the flow of the trail for the next 3 miles. A little before the 6 mile mark (from the start of the ride)you'll hang a left and climb up to the top of the back fire road. There is a long fairly straight descent, but be careful. The gravel is very loose and prone to ruts so you can get caught off guard pretty easily.

At 7.5 miles hang a right to stay on the trail, from here you'll cross the same creek 3 time before getting back in to singletrack. This section is a fast flowy section in an oak hickory forest. A little after the 9 mile mark you can head right to take another lap and make it a 20 mile ride or you can keep straight and turn left to head back up the fire road to the main trailhead parking lot. I usualy take two laps if the weather is nice!

Enjoy!

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Oct 16, 2019
Gary Donaldson
Sep 2, 2019
Jaime Goodfellow Johnston
Slick damp rocks in some areas. Some mud puddles. Overall good.
Aug 10, 2019
Donald Gibson
Be sure to spray for ticks. By the time we finished our legs were covered in seed ticks 11.2mi — 2h 20m
May 28, 2019
Drew Gheen
Very rocky downhills and very rocky just in general — 2h 03m
Sep 23, 2018
jim schneider
11.4mi
Sep 16, 2018
mike erickson
7.1mi — 55h 00m
Sep 2, 2018
Aaron Hanson
Super tough. Make sure to start on the left side next time! Fun though! 10.1mi
Aug 26, 2018
Raúl Gross

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  4.3 from 47 votes

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Photos

Some run off after heavy rain in the area!
Jul 29, 2013 near Weldon…, MO
Working with the GORC trail crew to armor a drainage crosing in the beaver pond section!
Jul 29, 2013 near Weldon…, MO
Stream crossing,all rock
Aug 14, 2015 near Weldon…, MO
Lots of uphill
Aug 14, 2015 near Weldon…, MO
Hitting one of the many switchbacks at lost valley
May 5, 2018 near Weldon…, MO
Lots of uphill
Aug 14, 2015 near Weldon…, MO

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