Lost Valley

Lost Valley

The name comes from the bootleggers who once made use of the area, getting lost among the numerous hollows. It was also near the site of an ammunition works and uranium processing plant which necessitated the cleanup that lies under the large mound on Hwy. 94. Now, the trail is a 10.5 mile loop with a mixture of double and singletrack punctuated with old homesteads, rock formations, natural springs, and a waterfall crossing. This is a very scenic and enjoyable mountain bike experience.

The gravel/doubletrack sections are fairly flat. The singletrack sections are super-flowy with punchy rock obstacles that will reward you with great views and better riding, the trail can get technical in spots and is now a much longer ride due to the increased singletrack. Be advised that this 10.5 mi loop will take some riders 2 hours to navigate due to the amount of singletrack and the difficulty of the rocky sections.  There is a central fire road that cuts the loop almost in half which can be used to shorten or lengthen your ride.

Trail surface varies from dirt to rock throughout the trail, and drains very well, except in the flats of the lower creek bottom.

The trail is open until 10 pm, so it's a good place to ride at night.

Directions

From the Highway 40/94 interchange: Take Highway 94 South approximately 5 miles. The trailhead parking lot will be on your right hand side. It is not very well identified as "Lost Valley". A good landmark is the shooting range at the top of a hill on the right hand side of Hwy 94. When you descend that hill the parking lot will be on your right hand side, at the very bottom. It can also be accessed by going 7.2 miles east on the Katy Trail from Klondike Park.

Trail Information

Rating

Intermediate

Length

10.5 miles

Type

Loop

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From rmhchs on Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:47pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
While their are 25 or so puddles (1 - 2 foot), most can be avoided and there is very little mud. At 7am, it was awesome!
From rmhchs on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 7:24pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
6.5 out of 10 Tuesday morning . . . Should be quite nice on Wednesday.
From Bargercj82 on Sun, 04/11/2021 - 5:00pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Singletrack portions are still quite wet from saturdays rain. Several fallen trees across the singletrack portions.
From Mr. V on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 5:39pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
The trail is dry except for the drainage crossings. There are a couple of trees down on the long section. One on the lower side of tnohe new trail. The other at about six and a 1/4 by the old markers.
From krg857 on Wed, 03/24/2021 - 4:49pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
90% hero dirt 5% mud puddles 5% downed trees There are at least 3 downed trees. All are pretty visible just be careful.
From Kirby on Mon, 03/08/2021 - 9:32am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
99% hero dirt. New trail bedding in well. Enjoy the singletrack goodness before the rain.

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