West Tyson County Park Chubb Trail

#4 On Trail Map

NEAREST TOWN: St. Louis (St. Louis County).

DIRECTIONS: From St. Louis, go west on 1-44. Get off at Lewis Road Exit 265. Enter West Tyson Park, go up the hill to the end of the road and park. Or, the other end of Chubb Trail can be reached by exiting 1-44 at Meramec Road (Hwy 141). Turn right (west) on the Outer Road. Follow this to Lone Elk County Park. The Chubb Trailhead is the fire road before the Lone Elk gates.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The Chubb is the most challenging trail in the St. Louis area. It is a seven-mile dirt and gravel trail between West Tyson County Park and Lone Elk Park (14 miles round-trip). It has very challenging hills and some very fast stretches. Terrain is rocky and usually slippery. There are some truly nasty drop-offs. After those tough climbs you are often rewarded with great views.

The first four miles, starting at the Tyson Trailhead, are primarily steep climbs and descents. The middle three miles are flat, following the river bank (very much like Stinging Nettle Trail at Castlewood). A mile or so of uphill fire roads brings you to Lone Elk Park at the other end.

The seven-mile trail was developed by St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the cooperative effort of the Meramec River Recreation Association, which is creating a 108-mile natural corridor along the Meramec by joining together parks and trails.

HIGHLIGHTS: Popular, long descents.

HAZARDS: Definitely wear a helmet on this ride.

AREA INFORMATION: Lone Elk Park has bison and elk, picnicking, a lake and more. The Tyson end has camping and picnic tables.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: Less extreme riders like to start at the Lone Elk end, which allows you to warm up some. Great views from this trail. From the West Tyson end, you’ll find a good mix of very tough technical stuff with fast stretches. As one biker put it, “The Tyson end of the trail eats bikes.”

I have heard of more major mechanical problems on this trail than anywhere else (a good friend of mine broke his carbon fiber Cadex in half). Make sure you and your bike are ready before riding here. The river is prone to flooding, putting some of the trail under water. This trail also goes through Castlewood State Park.

CONTACT INFO: St. Louis County Parks: (314) 889-2863.

DISTANCE: 7 miles. 14 miles round-trip.

TERRAIN: Everything from good to bad to ugly.

RIDING TIME: 2 – 3 hours round-trip to all day.

LAND STATUS: County Park.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES: Water and campsites at the West Tyson end of the trail. Call for camping reservations. Nearby, St. Louis has every service you might need.

TRAILHEAD: Trailheads are to he right of the entrance to Lone Elk Park, and the fire road at the West Tyson parking lot.

RATING: Moderate to difficult.

Trail description provided by Show Mountain Biking, The Complete Mountain Biker’s Guide to Missouri and Pebble Publishing.