Tucked away in the outdoor playground of Castlewood Park, Ballwin, Missouri, the Loop Trail offers a blend of flowy single track, loose rocks, and rooty challenges. With only 3 miles to its name, this intermediate level trail packs quite the punch for those seeking a balanced mix of climbing and descending action.
The trailhead is conveniently located across the street from the ranger station, offering easy access to those eager to hit the dirt.
While the Loop Trail may be short, it certainly doesn't skimp on elevation. Riders will need a solid cardio base to tackle the challenging climbs featured on this loop. But fret not, for these climbs are punctuated with fun and fast descents that serve as your reward for the uphill grind.Loose rocks pepper the trail, and certain downhill segments put an intermediate skill set to the test. Navigating through rutted out sections and exposed roots adds an extra layer of complexity to the ride.
For those who wish to extend their riding experience, the Loop Trail offers a connection to the "Roller Coaster" section. While not clearly marked, this addition provides more up-and-down flow riding for those who are still thirsty for action.
Described as a number-one favorite among some riders, the Loop Trail offers a balanced experience regardless of the direction in which it's ridden. Both clockwise and counterclockwise rides offer close encounters with trees, especially during the exhilarating downhill sections. Whether it's the loose switchbacks, sustained climbs, or small drops, riders find something to love in every twist and turn.
As a short but impactful trail, the Loop Trail at Castlewood Park remains a local favorite for its great blend of features. The diverse terrains—ranging from loose rocks and root-riddled paths to flowy downhills—ensure that the trail delivers a full-bodied biking experience within a compact distance. It's not just a trail to ride; it's a trail to master and enjoy, time and time again.