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 Sun, 01/19/2020 - 2:54pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
If you go early tomorrow am, it should be good. . . actually, the fire road has the most ice / water on it. Singletrack is 7 / 10.
From rmhchs on Tue, 12/31/2019 - 10:29am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
For the U-40 club (not years, riding temperature), Lost Valley is, as our president would say, almost "perfect." I put it at yellow as your bike and you will get a few mud spots . . . : - (
From rmhchs on Fri, 12/27/2019 - 11:11am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Very few puddles . . . most can be avoided - I give the trail a 8.75 out of 10!
From Eazy_E on Thu, 12/26/2019 - 3:52pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Overall marginal with the good parts being good, but the bad parts being pretty bad. I'd recommend waiting for it to dry more, sticking to the double track, letting it freeze, or make sure you have a clean set of clothes
From rmhchs on Wed, 12/25/2019 - 10:13am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
No cheese balls, no nuts, no eggnog and no beer . . . just trees and quiet . . . and about a mile or so of squishy (but not too bad) terrain . . . get out and give yourself the gift of solitude!
From rmhchs on Sun, 12/22/2019 - 12:03pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Good to ride in early am before thaw . . . snow/ice on only about 200 yards of single track - fire road packed snow . . .