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 SSDonkey on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 5:50pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Green as it gets :)
From rmhchs on Wed, 11/27/2019 - 12:54pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Don't think Lost Valley got a drop of rain . . . lots of leaves and sticks . . . Enjoy!
From MattL on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 4:00pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Trail was in great shape, mostly dry with a few muddy spots that could be avoided. Leaf cover was slippery, especially on the off-camber portions. The trail is drying quickly with sun since the leaves are down.
From rmhchs on Sat, 11/16/2019 - 10:17am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Look . . . at 7:00am the trail was a solid green . . . frozen . . . not sure how it will be but I imagine about 90% of it will be fine with 10% slippery as it thaws.
From Big Jim Mac on Sat, 11/02/2019 - 2:00pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Trail was in great shape Saturday. Just a little mud in the usual places, not too many leaves on the trail. Warning there's a hunt going on (squirrel season) but the trails are open.
From jenningsmd on Fri, 10/04/2019 - 2:49pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Rode Wednesday. All dry but a few trees down.