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Matson Hill Park

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.0 mile 12.8 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 709' 216 m
Descent: -707' -215 m
High: 802' 244 m
Low: 575' 175 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Carl Sechrist

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

Carl Sechrist

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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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Apr 18, 2020
Aaron Sestrich
Sep 29, 2018
Mike Harris
Sep 22, 2018
jim schneider
8.6mi
Aug 26, 2018
Raúl Gross
Aug 19, 2018
Jordan Vanderhosen
Jul 7, 2018
Corey B
2 big climbs. lots of downhill flow 9.5mi
Jul 7, 2018
Eric Weiss
Jul 6, 2018
Nathan Keller

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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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