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)

Rating

Intermediate

Length

12 miles

Type

Lollipop Loop

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From stlwalnut on Mon, 04/08/2019 - 7:13pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Trails in general are very good for 95% of Bluff View/Zombie. There a couple of the usual suspects that are very wet and probably should be walked; Lower Bluff View, and a couple spots on Zombie West, Zombie East is good to go.
From 95vtr250 on Mon, 04/08/2019 - 6:00pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Just rode Zombie East & West, but both were in great shape. Didn't ride the upper West side though.
From mjj29er on Sat, 04/06/2019 - 11:20am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Tons of rain since last update, definitely a no for this weekend with the additional rain tonight. Scouted this Saturday late morning and it's wetter than I've seen it in a long time.
From Maholt32 on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 9:06am - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Rode last night... East side is green, West side is 95% dry and 5% standing water/deep mud... several hike-a-bike spots
From mjj29er on Sun, 03/31/2019 - 8:57pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Please wait until Tuesday. Water oozing out of the ground all over. It will firm up if we don't leave ruts to hold the water.
From Malvey on Wed, 03/27/2019 - 5:00pm - Bluff View (St. Louis Area)
Dirt is in great shape overall. A few wet spots in the usual places.