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Chubb Trail

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The trail starts off with some very technical stuff that only the best riders will be able to make it over without having to climb off and pack their bike a few yards. After this it smoothes out and gets a bit faster. The trail is an out-and-back type so watch for other riders going the opposite direction.
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Latitude
38.50754220747402
Longitude
-90.58819770812988
Trail Directions
Basically get on Interstate 44 and go to exit 266. Go north from the highway about a 1/4 of a mile. On the right you'll see a pretty good size sign saying Tyson County Park. Just go in and follow the signs to the trailhead.
Trail Length
8 miles one way (16 total)
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eureka
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Review Date
December 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: John Klly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail was built in 1985, with alternate routes bypassing the steep sections near the 'summit' designed a few years back. The trail shows its age on the south side of the West Tyson hill, where erosion has exposed a significant amount of roots, but this section is nonetheless a great place to develop and test technical abilities. The Flint Quarry trail combined with the Chubb Trail makes a loop within West Tyson Park, while the Chubb trail also extends 5 or so mile out from this loop along the Meramec river bank to Lone Elk Park in order to create a lollipop configuration.

Recommended Route:
By utilizing the Flint Quarry trail, a rider can complete a loop wholly within the south side of West Tyson Park. Riding this loop clockwise from the western parking lot takes a rider up the a technical portion of the Chubb trail to the 'summit' where a small clearing in the forest and a picnic table are located. From the 'summit', the rider can descend the Flint Quarry trail, and if the conditions are right a rider can look to the side and catch glimpses of the ridge line that he/she just ascended and feel a sense of having climbed a mountain, albeit a small hill. An overlook on the Flint Quarry trail with a well positioned bench, allows a gorgeous view of the Meramec Valley and heightens this sense. Not bad for a trail near the great-plains region!



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Review Date
July 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ihategravel ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've wanted to ride this trail for years, but never got around to it. Looks like I'm a day late and a dollar short. Chubb may have been a great MTB trail at one point, but now it's basically a worn-out, gravel covered horse path. Seriously, I didn't see any real "singletrack" until I crossed the tracks into the River Bottoms section. The West Tyson side has been worn out by horse use-meaning LOTS of mud-bog areas (mostly dry now due to the drought), LOTS of re-routes-some up to 20+ feet wide, and an average width of 4-6 feet in most sections. Did I mention the chat/gravel yet? Yup...with lots of horse traffic, lots of steep sections, and lots of overall use you end up with erosion. Erosion leads to metric crap-tons of chat/gravel. Meaning, you try to hammer up a steep climb, only to be bogged down in 6+ inches of gravel filling an eroded "ditch" in the middle of the trail. Then, from the top of the hill bomb down only to get caught up in the same amount of loose crap (not to be confused with the native rock formations which are a ton of fun). Don't get me wrong, the GORC dudes deserve MAJOR RESPECT for doing all the could for as long as they could, but the "Weekend Cowboys" have beat this one all to (horse)crap. Long story short, the long/step climbs were great, the rocks and roots were great, and the scenery is great as well. Unfortunately, the horses and "repaired" gravel sections took most of the fun out of it.

Recommended Route:
Started at West Tyson Chubb trail head, north to Lone Elk, 180 back to West Tyson, and down the Flint Quarry Trailhead, 14 miles total.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greensfelder is 5 minutes away, much more flowy, and not nearly as worn-out. Upper sections of Castlewood are fun. Cliff Cave and SIUE, while "easier" are fun to ride fast on a singlespeed.



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Review Date
December 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rhythmtech ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Definitely the top trail within 20 miles of my house. Lots of rolling obstacles, tight navigation, fast level single track, and some of the faster most fun downhill runs in the St Louis area. Where most climbs in the area are short and steep with a "rinse and repeat" feel to them, Chubb's are a little longer and steeper and remind you your hams need more work to be mountain ready for that Colorado trip in the spring.

Recommended Route:
It's an out and back so you'll see most of the trail from both directions. I usually like starting at the Lone Elk side and cutting back on different trail on the return trip.

Leaving the parking lot find the trail marker and follow it. The drop in on the Lone Elk side down to the fire road used to be a very fun quick little single track run until it was "fixed" with gravel, I am guessing for horses? A section of the trail on the Lone Elk side washed out around 2 years ago and is marked "trail closed" just follow the tire tracks to the other side of the ravine to keep going. Ride the trail marked Chubb to the paved circular turnaround and shelter where those who started at West Tyson are likely parked. Take a left immediately after the shelter, take the unmarked single track trail up through a short sections of natural stone drainage/creek bed, and finish by crossing another creek bed onto a small paved service road. Across the small paved service road another trail will take you up the other side back to the picnic table you will have passed earlier. Take a right at the picnic table and ride back the way you came to Lone Elk.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greensfelder, just a little further down 44. Ride Greensfelder, Chubb, and Castlewood in a single day for the trifecta of St Louis mountain biking. Then cross over into Edwardsville and ride the SIUE trails that night.



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Review Date
August 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Deserteagle99uzi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not for the faint of heart as the technical level of this trail isn't to be underestimated. I've probably ridden it 100 times and I manage a new part in a different way every time I ride it. I enjoy starting from the lone elk side (which now finally has a dedicated parking lot for bikers) as it lets you warm up on the flats so you can hammer the bluff.

Every year the flooding of the meramec leads to "trail closed" signs and every year the MTBers in the area start cutting in workaround lines. No matter how many times this place gets submerged or washed out it's nothing a few days of 100 degree weather can't dry out and fix. If you are bored with plowing through rythm sections and want something to force you to work (even on the downhill) hit the chubb.

Recommended Route:
Start at lone elk, take Chubb side down from the picnic table and head up flint quarry. Don't miss the 1/2 mile connector trail from the end of the chubb side down to the lower parking lot and to flint quarry. Never have to set rubber down on pavement for the whole 14 mile out and back this way.

Best resource in the area by a mile:

www.gorctrails.com

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greensfelder (Declue and Dogwood loops)
Castlewood State Park (tentatively)
Matson Hill
Lost Valley



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Review Date
October 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BlkMjk ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
West Tyson County Park has the trailheads of both the Chubb and Flint Quarry Trails. The Chubb trail begins at the Circle at the top of the road to the left as you enter the park, while the Flint Quarry trail starts at the parking lot at the end of the lower entrance. Both trails come together at the Picnic Table, around 1.5 miles into either trail. The Chubb continues on down to the Meramec River bottom while the Flint Quarry makes use of part of the Chubb, and the trail formerly known as the Ridge Trail, making its way back to its starting point for a 3 mile loop. Both trails at this end offer many opportunities to test your skills with steep climbs, loose rocks, drop-offs, and tight switchbacks. Heading down the Chubb trail, from the Picnic Table towards the Meramec, you’ll encounter "the Steps", an exposed section of the Kimmswick Limestone, which is sure to challenge your technical ability. The eastern end is mainly dirt singletrack with a moderately steep climb which ends at the trailhead in Lone Elk County Park. In between, there are some technical sections, but for the most part, the trail winds along the flat river bottom. The Lone Elk connector is subject to standing water and even flooding after rain, so it’s to be avoided when wet conditions are present. The Chubb and Flint Quarry trails are more durable when wet, but can be very treacherous due to the slippery rocks.

Recommended Route:
There is a new section of trail that connects the Flint Quarry to the Chubb. Park at the lower lot (turn right at the road, stay right all the way to the parking lot) and take the new connector trail up to the Chubb trail head. Take the Chubb to the second RR track crossing and then turn around, come back up to the Picknic bench and turn Left, that will take you back down the Flint Quarry and to your truck.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Greensfelder, Castlewood, Berryman, Council Bluff, Any GORC Trail!

http://www.gorctrails.com/trails/mchubb.asp

http://www.gorctrails.com/board/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2933



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