Bluff View

Bluff View

Bluff View is the newest addition to the St. Louis county network of trails. This 12 mile round-trip singletrack trail was started in 2009 and completed in 2018 by GORC and Americorps volunteers. The Bluff View trail features some rocky outcroppings, sustained climbs and descents and beautiful terrain. The trail's namesake will make you stop in your tracks to take in the expansive view of the Meramec river and Crescent Valley. If you know where to look you can pick out hints of the Chubb trail hillsides and a section of the Al Foster.

The Bluff View Trail is a lollipop that connects to the Al Foster Trail and Rock Hollow.  The western half of Bluff View in Rock Hollow (also called Zombie Trail by trail users) can be accessed from the Rock Hollow paved trail. The trail switchbacks up, through, under and around spectacular rock formations.  Bluff View (Rock Hollow/Zombie) weaves in and out of multiple hollows and eventually leads you back to the pavement. Crossing over the pavement leads to the eastern part of BV/RH, which features a 6-switchback climb that gets you up to a high point, and then brings you down through a rock chute and eventually back down to the pavement where you cross back to the eastern side to complete the loop.  Continue on the trail to return back to the trailhead for a 12-mile total round trip.

Between Sherman Park, Al Foster, and now Bluff View, you can assemble a lengthy ride in multiple configurations.

Directions

From St. Louis - From I-44 take the Hwy 109 exit and then head north. Proceed 3.0 miles and go right on Old State Road and travel 1/2 mile up the hill before turning right into the Bluff View trailhead parking lot.

Alternate access to Glencoe trailhead:
From St. Louis - Get on I-44 towards Six Flags but exit before you get that far on Hwy 109 heading north, then proceed 3.0 miles and go right on Old State Road then right immediately on Washington Ave/Grand Ave. to the parking lot on your left.

Trail Information

Bluff View Trail
Forum Discussion

Trail Steward(s)

Rating

Intermediate

Length

12 miles

Type

Lollipop Loop

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From flyindoc on Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:10am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Trail (Zombie West) was okay except for surface thaw in sun exposed areas causing a thin layer of greasy mud.
From Eazy_E on Sat, 12/07/2019 - 7:44pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Rode Bluff View and part of Zombie West before bailing out on Rock Hollow. Freeze/thaw conditions. The thaw wasn't bad enough to leave deep ruts, but most of the trail was slippery. I'd avoid unless it's frozen.
From rmhchs on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 6:15pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Forgot to mention - Sunday's race is a trail race - not mountain bike.
From rmhchs on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 6:12pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Good News: Trail is unbelievable! No leaves, no mud. Weather awesome! Bad News: There is a race SUNDAY on Bluff View and Zombie. No time was given.
From flyindoc on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 4:22pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Most of Zombie West was okay (compressible, formed dirt) with the typical sticky mud on the North side, run offs, and creek beds.
From mjj29er on Sun, 12/01/2019 - 2:33pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Very wet and slippery. If we give the trail a few days to firm up all will be good.