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Machens to St. Charles can be done!

There is no car access to the Machens trailhead, so park at Black Walnut Trailhead. (Take Rt. 94 NE out of St. Chas. to Hwy. H, turn right on Music Ferry Road) Park at Black Walnut Trailhead, parking but no restroom. Ride from there to Machens & back, then ride from Black Walnut to St. Chas. Finished graveled from Machens (26.9) to Cul de Sac (34.5). From 35 to 37.5 or so, trail goes from graveled to roughly graveled to dirt and grass path and back to roughly graveled, but even in dirt/grass,trail is still passable and visible. 37.5 to St. Chas.(39.5) is fully finished and graveled again. We are two old geezers, age 51, and if we can do Machens to St. Chas, anyone can! We were still doing 7-8 mph through the dirt/grass, not as rough as it sounds. It was fun!
posted Sep 2 2006 5:11PM - Geezers on Bikes, St. Peters/O'Fallon MO

Oh, forgot to say that there were not any private property signs or no trespassing signs blocking the actual trail. I think the problems they are having with access is getting equipment onto the trail to work on it and having to take it through private property, but the trail itself is fully accessible and on state park property.
posted Sep 2 2006 5:18PM - Geezers on Bikes, St. Peters/O'Fallon MO

Tags: St Charles, Machens, Black Walnut, Machens Trailhead, Black Walnut Trailhead, Parking Modify Tags

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