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Matson Hill Park

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

7.4 miles of 100% singletrack in the heart of Daniel Boone country.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

802' 244 m

High

575' 175 m

Low

709' 216 m

Up

707' 215 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This ride, in the heart of Daniel Boone country, is 7.4 miles of 100% singletrack designed for hike and bike use only. Weaving up and down several times in a large hollow, it is a constant challenge to novice and advanced riders alike.

Description

The area features some unique terrain, heavily wooded, very dark and shady, with several rock-bottom creek crossings. Due to the steepness of the terrain, the area wasn't logged, so it presents an uncommon setting with low volume mid-level growth, and tall old-growth trees forming a high, dark canopy. It almost has the feel of a natural amphitheater.

This ride links together the park's three trails: Matson Hill Loop, Oxen Mill Trail, and Hayes Trail. The trail surface is mostly dirt, with several veins of rock, and rocky creek crossings/waterfalls. Stop and look around when you reach the bottom of the valley. The ride should be enjoyed both clockwise and counter-clockwise as each offers its own pleasures. You'll be challenged both by the rocky parts and the steep climbs, including the finish which is known as Cardiac Hill.

Recently, new sections have been added to this ride offering a nice downhill you earn by first going uphill. Because the trail is heavily shaded, it can take longer to dry out than other trails in the area. For more information visit the GORC website at gorctrails.com/trails/matso…

Lost Valley Trail is the next closest trail, which can be reached by driving North on highway 94 or by riding along the Katy Trail.

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Shared By:

Carl Sechrist

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 22 votes

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  4.3 from 22 votes
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Photos

This can be a challenging trail in places, with large roots, lots of rocks and steep climbs. It can be wet too.
Oct 29, 2016 near Gray Su…, MO
Enjoying the gradual downhill into the bottom of the ravine
Nov 22, 2017 near Gray Su…, MO
Backside of Matson Hill Loop
Nov 22, 2017 near Gray Su…, MO
Nice view from the ridge on Oxen Mill
Nov 22, 2017 near Gray Su…, MO
Matson Hill Trailhead.
Nov 22, 2017 near Gray Su…, MO
Varied terrain of the Oxen Mill Trail.
Nov 22, 2017 near Gray Su…, MO

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Aug 17, 2020
Ryan H
7mi
Jul 18, 2020
Nick Demien
First time on the trail and ride it counter clockwise and thoroughly enjoyed it 7.8mi — 1h 45m
Jul 5, 2020
Dane Iwata
Jun 24, 2020
Brandon Luong
7.3mi — 1h 08m
Apr 18, 2020
Aaron Sestrich
Sep 29, 2018
Mike Harris
Sep 22, 2018
jim schneider
8.6mi
Aug 26, 2018
Raúl Gross