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 flyindoc on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 2:47pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Zombie East was dry. Top section of Zombie West was damp and muddy in significant sections; lower 80% was dry except for run off areas.
From Eazy_E on Sat, 05/30/2020 - 8:16pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Overall the trail is in good shape. The only really bad part is by the waterfall/cave. That part is a swamp. There's a tree down on Bluff View just past the lookout of you're going downhill.
From mjj29er on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:18pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Everything is pretty good and will get better as the weekend progresses except the northwest corner of Zombie. Usual wet spots otherwise.
From mjj29er on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 8:32am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Significant rain last night. We're clearing the two large trees and the trail surface is sooper wet.
From mcmottl on Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:42pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
2:00 Saturday Zombie East was GTG. West was ok but super sloppy (red) near the cave and waterfall down to the creek. Also a couple of big trees down on West. Extra credit loop at the top of East is Awesome!!! Big shout out to crew that made it!
From Cam6771 on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 1:48pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Sloppy towards the top. I turned around.