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Lost Valley

Average Rating:    (3.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 43

This trail is pretty tame for midwest standards, not too technical. It's a good 7.0 mile loop with mostly single/doubletrack and a gravel road section(mabye 1 mile). There are some detours along the trail, unmarked, that can lead to fun singletrack loops. This trail is also open until 10pm, so it is ideal for a night ride!
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Latitude
38.66126896661518
Longitude
-90.75782060623169
Trail Directions
Hwy 40 or Hwy 70 to 94 South, cross 40 and continue into the Busch Wildlife Area on Hwy 94 South, past Old St. charles water treatment plant. They'll be a Quarry on the left as you round a right hand bend, the trailhead parking lot is the next right.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
St. Charles
   


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Review Date
September 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mikesbales ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail overall. It has a few very big hills which you must climb if you park on the south side of the trail. Quite a bit of the trail is very narrow switchbacks and a couple creek crossings.

Recommended Route:
Start from the south (Go down Hwy 94 apx. 1/4 mile past the Sheriff's Training Center) and head in from the parking lot. I've heard alot of horror stories about cars being broken into at the north lot for me to risk it.



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Review Date
August 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Deserteagle99uzi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Yet another trail that has had miles of singletrack added very recently by GORC. While a few miles of doubletrack still exists on this trail it is all relegated to 1 section leaving the rest all sweet single. The newly cut singletrack (about 2.5 miles worth) brings the total for this loop close to 11 miles. If you take the route that most do that I will describe below you'll end up closer to 13 miles. All the singletrack is build quite well and the double is grown over enough that it isn't too boring of a break.

Recommended Route:
According to the map here:

http://gorctrails.com/trails/mlostvalley.asp

I would recommend parking at (5) which is a parking lot just to the right of highway 94 heading south. It is very easy to miss so keep your eyes open as 94 threads through this area very tightly. Once parked head south on the hamburg trail and watch for a very steep drop-in lined with gravel on your right. At the bottom of this hill head left to start the loop. Continue along the singletrack and make sure to go left when you come to the abandoned road (this will be going DOWNHILL). Then make a quick right at the 3 way intersection (left takes you under 94, straight takes you to the other parking lot.) Next take the doubletrack all the way up to (2) and drop in again after the only big hill climb of the trail. Make sure to make a right at (3) and head to the brand new singletrack. At the end of this singletrack you will be at (4). At this point you can either bail out and head left back to (5) and your car or go right down a VERY long doubletrack hill. Then simple backtrack by turning left and take this section of the trail in the opposite direction back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Matson Hill
Klondike



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Review Date
July 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sil3ncer7 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
At first I wasnt really sure about it but after a few of my friends said to I took the plunge and drove out there and man was I in for a surprise. at about mile 3 it started to get fun and interesting, and by mile 4 I was like WOW! the big switchbacks were just awesome and then the long flat gravel road was nice. right around the tunnel I dont know if I just missed the turn, but I went under the tunnel and had to go right then cross back over 94 to the parking lot but that was WELL worth it, and will be going back SOON!

Recommended Route:
I went left and think I would take the left from here on out. the long road coming back to the tunnel was nice and easy after the 7 miles so the last 2 were well worth the time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hamburg, Klondike, and Weldon Spring



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Review Date
July 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lesh ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I found L.V. to be great place to workout and a challenging place for new riders to practice their new found mountain bike skills. I think for most seasoned riders they can find a trail here for their choice of difficulty in my opinion.

Recommended Route:
I went to the Left and then took road the down middle that brought me back to the Parking Lot. It was about 7 miles total that I road. It was a awesome down hill run on the last mile back. Ok, it was just a blast to go that fast and to cool off. I'm just glad a deer didn't jump out in front of me.



Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wentzville, MO has 2 great parks with trails



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Review Date
July 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: zod ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lost Valley is a funny name b/c it's hard to get lost when you spend what seems like 75% of your time on gravel roads spinning away...for me personally that does not equate to mountain biking. As I boringly pedaled down the gravel I would look to my side at the adundant forest and wonder why I was being made to ride a road when a nice singletrack trail could be cut in meandering the general direction of the road. There was one section where I was riding down a flat path through a grassy valley for a good distance yet directly off to my left was a beautiful wooded hillside with nice contours...it was very frustrating. Lost Valley for me was too much road and not nearly enough trail.

Now all that being said the singletrack that was cut in was very nice and a lot of fun. In a few section it rolled the countours really well allowing for some really fast speeds and incredible flow! Great work, super nice benching, A+ for the trail work...but that is heavily off-set by all the time spent on gravel roads and doubletrack. I will certainly ride Lost Valley again next time I am in Missouri but it will only be with hopes that more work has been done. 8+ miles of riding is nice for blowing out the cobwebs but it would be nice if it were all on singletrack. Gravel roads bad......singletrack good!

I had a lot more fun at Matson Hill.....

Recommended Route:
I did it clockwise and from what I could tell that seemd like the best choice when I was done. It seems like I did most of my climbing on gravel and most of the descending on singletrack. Yet during my ride most people were riding counter-clockwise? Made no sense to me...so I suggest clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Matson Hill
Klondike



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