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 Trekster on Sun, 12/09/2018 - 3:02pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
dirt is pretty good!
From RichLee0717 on Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:15am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Started my ride just before 10, all was still frozen. Finished at 11 and trail in direct sun started to soften. I'd say if you finish by 10:30 on a day like today, you won't damage the tail.
From mjj29er on Sun, 11/25/2018 - 10:31pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Hiked it today before the rain and while it could be ridden, there is damage that I haven't seen in years. The rain will only make it worse.
From Mr. V on Wed, 11/21/2018 - 5:39pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
There are still a lot of soft spots to get around. Believe they're a little damp underneath as well and slick on top of the rocks.
From Mr. V on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 5:11pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
The trail is in pretty good condition for the most part. There's a tree down around 5 and 3/4. Right around the same spot there's quite a few mud holes but they're pretty easy to get around. Everything else is buried beneath the leaves.
From Travis Arnold on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 4:09pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
the leaf gods went full send the past couple of days - trails pretty dry but very leaf covered; roots and rocks lurking but good to get out there