Chubb Trail

West Tyson County Park, Missouri

Distance6.1mi
Elevation Gain1,656ft
Trailhead Elevation612ft
Top795ft
Elevation Min/Max404/795ft
Elevation Start/End612/612ft

Chubb Trail

Chubb Trail (6.5 Mi) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in St. Louis County, Missouri. It is within West Tyson County Park and Castlewood State Park. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 612 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,656 feet. Chubb Trail trailhead and another parking and the Park Overlook tower are near the trailhead. Along the trail there are waters and parking. This trail connects with the following: Prairie Loop, Flint Quarry Trail, Connector Trail, Castlewood Loop and Low Water Route (0.9).

Chubb Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Nine miles long, the Chubb Trail is a versatile and popular point-to-point trails with a short loop on its eastern end. It connects with West Tyson County Park to Lone Elk County Park, passing through the southern section of Castlewood State Park along the way. West Tyson is the recommended starting point. If you begin there, ride around the loop, and return, you will cover 14 miles. This trail is located 15 miles southwest of St. Louis."

"The Chubb Trail and its companion paths offer everything a good hike should have— from challenging climbs and descents, from windy ridges and cool, calm hollows to easy meanders next to the Meramec River, where you’ll spot lots of wildlife."

Chubb Trail Reviews

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5/26/2013
Spent 3 days backpacking. Started at Bell Mountain North trailhead, and finished at Barton Fen, total 31 miles. This is a very isolated hiking area, only passed one hiker in 3 days. Brushy Creek Lodge provided shuttle service for a modest price! The trail was full of wild flowers, turtles and SNAKES, including a rattler. Lots of ticks, but this is Missouri! Scenery was nice, and the hike was enjoyable. Great views from Bell Mountain. Plenty of water once you are down the mountain. Limited camp sites. If you take this route, the first established place to camp is peter Cave Hollow Creek, 10.6 miles. The next available place to camp for the second night is Wolfpen Hollow Waterfall, and it is at mile 24.7. So you are putting in a serious 14 mile hike the second day. But that means you can sleep in the next morning with only about 6.5 miles left. There is a good website where you can plan your own route, get details of each route and it also provides detailed maps and topo maps: ozarktrail,com. When you finish at Barton Fen, be sure to stop in for a meal at the Bixby Country Store on hwy 32.
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6/26/2010
We walked the Lindsey Mtn Trail to a disappointing dead end. Trail was vague. We Thought the red markers indicated the trail, but couldn't get past all the overgrowth and downed trees. So , sadly, no amazing view from the top.
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5/1/2010
Good loop to mountain bike on or hike. Connects to the Castlewood Park trails. Challenging and close to the city of St. Louis
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3/15/2008
Just to be clear, I don't remember the exact date of the trip, but it was a wonderfully warm March Saturday when we took this trip. All my wife and I had time for was a one nighter, and Bell Mountain did not disappoint. I'm not for sure if we made it to its highest peak, but the views on Bell Mountain were very satisfying, none-the-less. All we had time for was a four-mile hike in and back the next morning. We only ran into two people the entire time, so privacy was great. I was kept up most of my sleep time because of a rock and what I believe was a coyote that must have been hunting something below us. The trail was relatively clear and easy to follow, but there were a few times that I had to stop and make sure we were still on it. I'm glad I had my GPS, however, keeping track of our progress. So, the next morning after waking up, I had no problems getting back to the trail. I definitely want to go back to Bell Mountain.
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12/2/2007
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.
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10/6/2006
The Bell Mountain trail and the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail (both of which I hiked on this trip) were easily the best hiking I've experienced in Missouri. Before I get into discussing the trail, I have to comment on the excellent Topo maps that were made available for free at the trail head. Very impressive and spot on. For my hike, I started at the southern trail head off of MO-A, and took the full loop, going west down to Joe's Creek and back up around to the summit on the east side. As much as I prefer loop hikes, I think if I was doing this over I would stick to the east side. Hike from MO-A to the summit and back. The west side of the loop (the Joe's Creek side) was ok, but the east side, and especially the summit, was spectacular. If you've got two cars I would reccommend you park one at the northern trailhead and then hike from the southern trail head, around the east side of the loop. I think that would be a great hike. In any case, don't miss the southern spur between MO-A and the loop. It's a small piece of the Ozark Trail and easily the most difficult part of this hike. The reward, however, is the best views of the hike. The southern vistas are wonderful. One other really interesting point, for as long as it lasts, from the Bell Mountain peak you can see the dam breach that ruined Johnson Shut Ins State Park.
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8/2/2006
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.
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6/5/2006
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.
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4/9/2006
The woods were pretty, but lacked any striking features. Basically a long walk in the woods.
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10/15/2005
The trail is very remote and secluded. There are a few good views from bald mountain. Most of the trail is through the woods and not that senic. When I hiked this trail there was no running water to be found. There were however, 4 or 5 small ponds along the trail.
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Trail Information

West Tyson County Park
Nearby City
West Tyson County Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
West Tyson County Park
Local Contacts
Manchester USGS topo
Local Maps