Lost Valley

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.94 out of 5
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Intermediate
10.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
465
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
The Lost Valley Trail in Weldon Spring Wildlife Area is a perfect ride for beginners. Eight miles long, is uses abandoned farm roads that later served as access to local ammunition stockpiles during World War II. These roads vary from double-tracks still used by Conservation Department patrols to abandoned paths through the woods. With the exception of a couple of washed-out places, the hard-packed trail now known as Lost Valley Trail can be handled by novices. Riding the loop in a clockwise direction will make your climbs easier and your trail markings more visible. This trail is located in the Weldon Spring Wildlife Area, 30 miles west of St. Louis.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is there a certain time it opens? -Guest

A: LV is managed by the MO Dept of Conservation and is open year round. During managed hunt season, it is still accessible as hunters are restricted from a certain distance of the trail but riding later in the morning during hunt season is probably wise. Also, trails are open every night but not after 11pm. Lower trailhead is a gravel lot approx. 6 miles from Hwy 40/61 & 94 intersection but more popular is "the Mound" parking lot, adjacent to the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center, only a couple miles from the Hwy 40/61/94 intersection and accessible via the Hamburg Trail before dropping in to LV. Mound parking is nice for night rides because of the lighting.

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Trailblazer

July 4, 2018
Midmoab Trailblazer  
 
Review: I was surprised to find that this contains only about five miles of singletrack. The singletrack is fun! Good stuff with plenty of rooty, rocky goodness. Not too challenging, with some sweet flow. Be aware, if riding clockwise, once you reach the paved road intersection the singletrack is all but gone. The trail become doubletrack gravel from mile 6 to 9ish. After 9 or 9.5 the trail hits the trees again and is enjoyable. Consequently, I recommend considering an out-and-back approach doing the singletrack section both ways. While I'm not trying to be snooty...if you are in the area, Matson is just down the road and is a well looped singletrack that I find superior to Lost Valley.

Similar Trail: Top portion of Matson

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2017
vmmusa Granny Gear  
 
Review: Some spots are easy wide track, but the 10 mile loop is not for beginners.

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Trailblazer

April 29, 2017
cthurston Trailblazer  
 
Review: Nice trail. I prefer to ride it clock wise and enjoy the long sweeping trail out. Few muddy spots, but when the summer sun comes out most will dry up. The climb up McKenney trail is not a fun one. Be ready to work.

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Granny Gear

February 29, 2016
illini81 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is an excellent MTB trail system. Although there are way too many miles of roads to get my 10 miles in the actual singletracks are very challenging and more so than even Matson Hill and I love that trail. In other words, too much rocky roads though good cardio up but more technical than almost all others in the area and very challenging to the beginner. It is not a beginner trail by any means - do not go if that is your level.

Similar Trail: Matson Hill

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Bunny Hop


February 12, 2016
 
Review: Good morning to ride. Cold and frozen. Turn ed sloppy mid morning with the thaw.

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Bunny Hop


February 12, 2016
 
Review: That is known as freeze / thaw conditions. Next time be sure to get off the trail before the thaw part as you can cause serious damage to the trail.

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Epic


November 30, 2013
CFM Epic  
 
Review: It is a mistake to think of this as a beginner trail. Sure there's the gravel that is pretty easy but most of the mileage is on rocky singletrack with occasional roots, drainage crossings, and switchbacks. Apparently much of it has been created after some of the earlier reviews. We had a great time on a beautiful fall day cruising a lap on this trail. There were just enough technical features to keep you on your toes. You could easily see signs of heavy use but the tread was well maintained. This trail will just get better as more singletrack replaces the gravel.

Similar Trail: Matson Hill

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Granny Gear

August 16, 2013
cycleven Granny Gear  
 
Review: 80 to 85% of this trail could be considered a beginner trail but as for a roadie who only gets off pavement a couple times a year I thought there were sections that were difficult. There are switch packs paved with large, sharp, slippery rocks. Starting at mile 1, south parking lot, the first section of single track is very rocky and sloped towards the bottom of the hill. I was afraid to clip in my left foot as I thought I was going to need it if I fell. I spoke with others that day who had ridden the trail several time before recounting how they had some major falls on their bike. There definitely several portions of flowing single track which helped renew your love for the off road experience. The climbing on the trial was moderate. On the longest climb their is a lot of gravel which could make climbing a little difficult. Be careful of the the down hill on the gravel road around mile 8 as it sneaks up on you and before you know it your going 21 mph without any way to stop. Fun and scary at the same time.

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Singletrack


June 24, 2013
 
Review: Lost valley is one of the best trails in the St. Louis area. It is chocked full of steep climbs, tight switch backs and other technical features. It is a constantly expanding loop of single track, there is almost always a section of the double track that is bing rerouted to singletrack! Enjoy the scenic views through the cedar grove and haunted hollow, and the perfectly smooth armored drainage crossings. Go getcha some,

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Bunny Hop

December 16, 2012
D.J._ Bunny Hop  
 
Review: First time riding it today. Found it a good workout. Was wet/muddy and loose rocks today so it added a lot to the challenge. Was busy with riders and hikers. I rode it clockwise and must say all fast section were quickly meet with rocky turns. 10mile marker out there and there are new single track being installed that gets you off the double track sooner.

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Bunny Hop


January 31, 2013
 
Review: I am not trying to be a jerk or anything but if you are reviewing a trail that you admit to being wet and muddy, you should not have ridden that day. As a member of the oraganization that helps to build and maintain the trails are around St. Louis (Gorctrails.com) I do not like to see the damage to the trials that is caused by riding in such conditions. I know it is tempting to ride especially with some of the temps we have had this winter, but please try to be cautious of trail damage.

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Granny Gear

March 8, 2012
jwcutler Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is my first season riding anything wider than 23mm so my review might be a bit skewed. This trail was great! Lots of rocks and roots and streams to cross. I actually liked the fire road and doubletrack that offered a break to this newbie. Rode it with my son, not his first time here and we will both be back. Even though the trail is somewhere in between "Easy" and "More Difficult" I gave it an easy because there wan nothing in between.

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Lost Valley MTB Trail 3.94 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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