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 Spencer on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:02am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Trail was in perfect condition for the Thursday night riders. Gravel grinders missed out!
From LRK on Wed, 01/31/2018 - 9:45am - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
MDC has been notified of the downed tree blocking the trail. Other than that the trail is perfect.
From gstaffordn on Tue, 01/30/2018 - 6:15pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Big tree across trail around mile 9 or 9.5 (clockwise). Other than that, great ride. 90% dry.
From TTM on Sat, 01/27/2018 - 2:41pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Dry.
From MTBdad on Sat, 01/13/2018 - 1:34pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
20 degrees and sunny - Vast majority of the trail was frozen solid, but was starting to thaw where the sun was hitting (south slopes & fields). Kudos to whomever corrected the cheat line behind the beaver pond.
From Gary Womack on Sun, 12/24/2017 - 1:30pm - Lost Valley (St. Charles Area)
Still too soft. Hopefully better today