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)

Dave Beattie, Mitch Johnson, Greg Ott

Rating

Intermediate

Length

12 miles

Type

Lollipop Loop

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From mcmottl on Sun, 01/23/2022 - 1:47pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Rode Zombie East and West this AM. Trail was in great shape. Giving it a yellow due to a couple of small sections that have ice. Very avoidable /rideable at slow speed. But requires caution.
From mcmottl on Sun, 01/02/2022 - 11:29am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Sunday mid day ride. Trail mostly frozen. A couple of sloppy sections. Large (very large) tree down on Zombie West just past rock hollow connector. Use caution if it warms up as it will be sloppy.
From mcmottl on Wed, 12/22/2021 - 8:04am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Late afternoon ride on 21st. Overall Z East and West were pretty solid. A few soft spots that were pretty slippery. Did not ride the downhill.
From mcmottl on Sun, 12/12/2021 - 7:08am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Zombie E&W are GTG!
From mjj29er on Fri, 11/26/2021 - 5:50pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Most of the areas with the heaviest leaf coverage have been cleared on Zombie. Please stay off the new jump line for a few days to let it dry up.
From Live2RideAnotherDay on Sat, 11/20/2021 - 7:25pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Trails are crazy fast. Heavy leaf falls gives this a yellow. Get out and enjoy the great trails and weather while they last.

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Bluff View Bike Park Campaign

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