Mountain Bike! Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Good loop to mountain bike on or hike. Connects to the Castlewood Park trails. Challenging and close to the city of St. Louis
This was a great trail. It had a good combination of challenging hills with some very easy walks. We walked the whole trail starting from Lone Elk in about 4 1/2 hours, including a break for lunch. We've been back several times doing only parts of the trail and have never found it to be crowded.
Chubb is best technical trail in the St. Louis area. When starting at West Tyson the first few miles are nothing but rocks and large boulders. Then the trail turns into a very fast single track. Don't ride if it has been raining. The trail down by the river will turn into a swamp. I've also heard of a bridge somewhere that crosses over the river and takes you to Castlewood.
I like to start at west tyson county park and sometimes I do chubb trail and the flint qaury trail (short) while sometimes I do chubb trail to lone elk park (need to cars -leave one care in west tyson and one car next to the gaurd in lone elk. Chub is rocky but in my mind easier then castlewood (grotpeter) workout wise. If it rained be careful going down to the Meramec, it get's extremely muddy and can be flooded. There is a higher ground train there so don't go down to the banks.
Good trail. Make sure you're careful when it is wet because there are quite a bit of rocks that like to slip you up. A good variety of terrain makes chubb one of the best in the area.
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