Lost Valley Trail- Defiance, Missouri

Address: "Lost Valley Trail Head" in GPS

Located off HWY 94 in Defiance, MO

Hours: 4am-10pm


Lost Valley requires a hike! The first location has the easiest access, a short walk from the parking lot. The next two locations are up a steep hill. The remaining four locations are a half mile to a mile hike (one way) on flat ground. 

You can wear your outfits on the hike or you can change when we arrive to the location in my pop-up dressing room. 


For basic sessions, choose 1-2 locations from locations 1-4. 

For standard sessions, choose 3-4 locations. 


There are lots of bikes on the trail and sections can be muddy. 

Location 1- Lost Valley

Short walk from parking lot- Easy access into creek. 

Shallow creek with pebble beach surrounded by forest. 

Perfect to dip a toe into. 

Video(s)/photo(s) taken at sunset in the Spring. 

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Location 2- Lost Valley

Requires a short walk up a very steep hill. 

Field surrounded by Missouri rolling hills. 

This would make a great sunrise location, the sun would be rising over the hills in the picture. 

On the way to location 3.

Video(s)/photo(s) taken at sunset in the Spring. 


Location 3- Lost Valley

Short walk up a very steep hill. 

Grass field disappearing into distance.

Video taken at sunset in the Spring. 

Photos


Location 4- Lost Valley

Approximately 0.25- 0.5 miles to location (0.5 - 1 mile round trip). 

This location is on the way to the remaining locations. 

Gravel trail leading into distance with tall trees looming over. 

Videos taken at sunset in the Spring. 

Photos


My suggestion for a basic session:

Location 1 & 2

Check out below for my suggestion for a standard session.



The following Lost Valley Locations are available for standard sessions (1 hour) Only


Come take a hike with me! 

The following locations require a hike to the locations, but it's worth it! 


Location 5- Lost Valley

Approximately 0.75 mile hike, all flat ground.

Planted field surrounded by rolling hills. This location depends on the season and what is growing in the field at the time. 

This location is approximately a .75 mile hike, all on flat ground. 

Directly across from this location is location 6. 

Video taken at sunset in the Spring. 


Location 6 - Lost Valley

Approximately 0.75 mile hike, all flat ground.

Steep slope to get into creek, and requires getting into the creek. 

But it's a creek! Look at how neat it is! 

May be best for the last location for a sunrise session. That way we will have enough light and we can save getting wet until the end. 

Directly across from location 5. 

Video(s)/photo(s) taken at sunset in the Spring. 

Photos


Location 7- Lost Valley

1 mile hike to the location, on flat ground. 2 miles roundtrip. 

One of my favorites! 

There are two ponds surrounded by rolling hills. One of the ponds (or wetland, or lake?) is filled with gorgeous fallen trees. 

Perfect location for sunset or sunrise. This location is best directly after the sunrise or directly before the sunset. Because of its distance from the parking lot and because this location loses light behind the trees quickly, we should plan on walking in the dark either after the sunset or sunrise. 

Directly across from location 7. 

Video(s)/photo(s) taken at sunset in the Spring. 

Photos


Location 8 - Lost Valley

1 mile hike, on flat ground. 2 miles round trip. 

Dreamy field surrounded by tree! 

Directly across from location 6. 


Video taken at sunset in the Spring. 

Photos


My suggestions for a standard session: 

Location 6, 7, 8.