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 Thu, 01/13/2022 - 2:11pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
The inky winky biker went out to Lost Valley today . . . down came (a little) rain, and the biker slipped about. Out came the sun and dried up the rain, and the inky winky biker enjoyed the ride again. (A few puddles but overall not bad!)
From Kirby on Mon, 01/03/2022 - 1:36pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Good this morning, started defrosting on southern facing slopes. As temps and sun warm the soil this will only get worse. I would avoid later today.
From Kirby on Fri, 12/24/2021 - 12:23pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
The trail through field at bottom on Hamburg climb is drying. Needs tires to smooth it out and is totally rideable now. All rest of trails were rideable. Rocks on Beaver Pond section were slick with moisture from the humidity.
From G-Tracker on Thu, 12/23/2021 - 8:55am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
From the Mound: I went left at bottom of hill and turned around because of mud. I heard there is mud all the way to creek crossing. Rode the 2-track to the top trails and everything else in system is green.
From G-Tracker on Mon, 12/13/2021 - 4:53am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Trail was in pretty good shape yesterday with just a few mushy spots in the usual places. There is a large tree down with double 18" to 24" limbs crossing the trail at about mile 11.0 per the map.
From iona57 on Wed, 11/03/2021 - 1:30pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Leafy, cold and downright awesome.

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