Lost Valley Trail

MODERATE 137 reviews

Lost Valley Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cottleville, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

A combination of woodsy trails, old roads and a few streams to cross.

hiking
17 days ago

The description is definitely wrong - this trail is no where near Cottleville, but is between the Weldon Spring Conservation Area and Defiance. This trail has a mix of hills, valleys, woodlands, fields, creeks, and the remnants of the lost town of Hamburg. Really beautiful in fall and winter.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is mountain biking. Great trail. Great variety.

3 months ago

Nice hike, but GPS doesn't work and didn't record most of my trip.

mountain biking
3 months ago

had a great time riding the short loop, trail isn't located by Cottelville Missouri though might want to update that.

hiking
4 months ago

Many mountain bikes, just be prepared

5 months ago

The trail itself was okay. We didn't get to walk very far, one: because it was hot as hell and two: it's not dog friendly at all! After reading all the reviews and descriptions of the trail, my partner and I brought our beagle along with us. The trail is literally all gravel and medium size rocks, not exactly the best terrain for dogs to walk on. We had to turn around and walk back to the car because our dog was hurting and not able to walk very well on the trail. We ended up having to carry him the rest of the way back to the car. So if you're thinking about taking your dog, you might think twice. Other than that, the trail was shaded, had some hills, creeks, and even some wildlife. It was quiet and very peaceful considering we were the only ones there.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice scenery. Signs really messed us up. We ended up on a completely different trail.. thank God for Google maps. If you plan on doing this trail bring lots of water and make sure you plan out where to turn in advance!

It's definitely a good trail if you just want to be active but don't want to kill yourself hiking. The only bad thing is that more of the trail is vehicle paths than I would have liked, but overall it was a fun trail

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of mosquitos, other than that it was great

hiking
7 months ago

It is a decent 10 mile trail. Some pretty spots but after a while it got a bit boring for me. No interesting vistas or anything grand. A few bikers. It was secluded compared to the Lewis and Clark trail, so that's nice. However, the trail wasn't as fun to me as Lewis and Clark is.

7 months ago

So pretty and the perfect amount of challenging.

8 months ago

Peaceful and clean. Easy to walk along the path. Enjoyed very much. Definitely will return.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail for leisurely hike. Cool stream to walk by

8 months ago

Not readily marked

9 months ago

Trail was a bit confusing after mile marker 8. we must have lost the trail somehow since the last 2.5 miles we walked on a gravel trail that doubled as the Hamburg trail. Except for the last 2.5 miles everything else was great. Very well maintained trail. Great scenery especially from mile 3 to 7.

hiking
9 months ago

I enjoyed the trail, but I felt like I was lost. The signs didn't correspond to the map. More signs, please!

I like this trail because you get options and see some pretty sights. I'm excited for warmer weather and pretty vegetation. Also, although the listing says Chesterfield, it is actually between Weldon Springs and Defiance.

hiking
9 months ago

The signage was terrible. Very confusing, not well marked. Sight was okay.

hiking
10 months ago

LONG and PERFECT SCENIC VIEWS/photo ops !

hiking
10 months ago

I hiked this trail last weekend, a very easy hike with little elevation, nothing to spectacular, its nice long trail. I hiked the Lewis and Clark trail the next day which was 8 miles and was way more impressed with the Lewis and Clark then the Lost Valley. Lost Valley and Lewis + Clark both have great history.

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