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 soberstormtropper on Sat, 02/09/2019 - 1:51pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
people rode this trial when musho soft leaving slices/ruts/damage. Ground has never been more saturated. It’s rideable when frozen and before the sun hits it (11am ish) (or after it re freezes at night) otherwise stay off please!
From STLYelli on Sun, 01/27/2019 - 10:13am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Nice and frozen at 11. Two trees down and one hanging over trail.
From WeekendRider on Sun, 01/20/2019 - 3:52pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Ground is frozen with ice on some rock surface might need to hike your bike for safety.
From wolff on Sun, 01/06/2019 - 7:27am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Hiked short looped yesterday and it was good to go. Lots of riders out. Minimal wet spots.
From G-Tracker on Sat, 12/29/2018 - 10:14am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
It was 23 degrees this morning but trail was still too muddy. We hopped off and road the gravel. We will need a good cold snap to get the trails frozen enough to be ride-able. I have not been to LV in a while and could not believe the ruts.
From Big Jim Mac on Tue, 12/25/2018 - 8:19pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Only a couple of muddy spots. Big tree down on the downhill double track, beware!