50 miles
Distance
7,008 ft
Climb
-7,006 ft
Descent
812 ft
High Point

Also known as the St. Charles County Epic, this ride uses the Katy and Hamburg Trails to access 3 popular area trail systems- Lost Valley, Matson Hill, and Klondike Park.
Beginning at the Weldon Spring Site, or "The Mound" the ride starts by taking the Hamburg Trail to Lost Valley and riding a part of that trail in whichever direction you prefer. Crossing over Hwy 94 to the Katy, one rides it all the way to Klondike, and then ride the trails there.
Jumping back on the Katy and heading back the way you came, you reach Matson Hill Rd. at the Defiance trailhead. Head up the steep climb to the pavement, and east until you come to Matson Hill Park. Ride the trails there, and head back down to the Katy either the way you came on the gravel road, or down the pavement to Defiance.
Once on the Katy, ride it back to the Katy/Hamburg junction, cross Hwy 94 again, and finish whatever section of Lost Valley you didn't ride the first time. Then it's up the Hamburg Connector to the Hamburg, and return to where you parked at The Mound.

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Details

  • AKA
    St. Charles County Epic
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for St. Charles County Trifecta mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    468 ft
  • Altitude start
    657 ft
  • Altitude end
    659 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -39.282%
  • Grade min
    42.084%
  • Distance climb
    23 miles
  • Distance down
    23 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Hays Loop Descent
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Nov 20, 2016
Down the hill and through the woods

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Hogsback
Sep 17, 2017 @ 8:13pm
2 days
Powerline
Sep 17, 2017 @ 8:12pm
2 days
Hamburg Connector
Sep 13, 2017 @ 8:01pm
Sep 13, 2017
Matson Hill Loop
Sep 6, 2017 @ 9:39am
Sep 6, 2017
Rode the Matson Hill Loop for the first time. What a trail! I'll definitely be back to ride again and finish the sections I didn't do this time. Everything I saw was dry and not too dusty.
Lost Valley Trail
Aug 28, 2017 @ 10:56am
Aug 28, 2017
Such rock. Much loose. Many spiders
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