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Rode the whole trail in 4 days in September 2017! Absolutely beautiful and such a great experience!
Three of us (all 70 years old) made the trip from west to east riding recumbent trikes. We averaged about 40 miles a day staying at B&Bs and found the trail well maintained, with only minor areas needing repairs. All days were rain free, so the ride was dusty. Very good information stations about the history of most towns.
My friends and I started the Lewis and Clark Trail via the KATY Trail, beginning in St. Charles, MO in 2007. We rode the trail in September and it was beautiful. There are several quaint Bed and Breakfasts along the trail through Missouri and we stayed at a few of them and were never disappointed. We rode the entire trail through Missouri and enjoyed the sightseeing along the way!
We rode the whole thing in 6 days. We did it in March of 2015, and it was an awesome experience. The "green tunnel" hadn't formed yet as most of the trees were just starting to grow new leaves. It was very rainy, but luckily we brought our ponchos and it didn't ever rain too bad on us. We camped along the way. In my opinion it is the best way to go about it. I would camp in the actual camping sites, because the first night we camped off the side of the trail and I was paranoid all night and didn't sleep well. We started in Clinton (we had a friend drop us off) and ended in St. louis, and then took the train back to Kansas City where we were living at the time. We used road bikes, and because of the rain sometimes the bikes would sink into the trail, so I would recommend something with better wheels. Overall it was a beautiful experience, and would recommend you do it if you have a chance. very wide, and there are no super steep inclines.
This is the best trail in the country, IMNSHO. That I live near it may have something to do with my opinion :). It does get more interesting as you go west past Jeff City. It also gets more remote from resources and is less well kept. Since this mostly follows the Missouri River, it's subject flooding, a lot. If you have the gear for cold weather, it is much better in the winter as you don't have to deal with the occasional trail users who (while innocent) don't understand trail etiquette and it's not likely to flood or have a tornado. I've been on the trail after/during both. The Missouri cresting and engulfing the trail behind and in front of one is, I have to say, the scarier of the two scenarios, in my experience.
My wife and I rode the whole trail over 6 days, including the "closed" section between mile markers 34-35. [which was easily ride-able]Wow! It is hard to come up with anything bad to say. Great conditions the entire length. A few shirt bumpy sections, which were not as bumpy as most trails. All this spots were marked well. The whole trail was signed very well.If you have ever considered a through ride, do it as soon as you can. It is truly amazing.
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We chose to ride a section of the Katy Trail between Matson and Hermann on June 9th. This was our third bicycle excursion, and my favorite by far! We stayed in Hermann, and opted to utilize the BikeHermann bike rental and shuttle service so that we could have a one-way, continuous ride (we aren't big on ride-out-ride-back). The shop owner, John, was very helpful and gave us pointers and sites to look for along the trail, such as old-timey general stores and historic markers.
This trail was very well maintained; there were a few spots where new lime/gravel had been added due to flood damage in May. All things considered, this trail was repaired quickly and repaired right, and any place new material was added was well marked by "rough surface" signs to give trail users a little warning. Trail markers are plentiful (so much that we rarely used our trail map), and the section we rode was mostly shaded (maybe 3/4 of the route), which made for a comfortable ride. Several benches, wineries, and trailheads offering water, restrooms and other amenities were plentiful on this section as well. There are some really great views of the river around mm 96, and the sandstone bluffs along this route are gorgeous.
At McKittrick, we took the Hermann trail spur off of the Katy and onto MO Hwy 19. I was a little concerned about sharing the busy road with cars, especially crossing the bridge over the Loutre River. However, the bike lane on this bridge is very generous on space and the area in general is bike-friendly. The second bridge, that crosses the Missouri, has a separate bike/walking path on the west side. I would come back and ride this one again, or maybe the next section to the north. This is a very nice trail.
Un-FREAKIN’-Believable! The review could end here.
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I only had two days to ride to make the best of the eastern half. I will return to ride the western half and the Bluffton and McKittrick/Herman sections I missed. Day 1 - I rode from Columbia to Portland (ride the M-K-T, visit the MLK Memorial Gardens, stop at the iron bridges, enjoy the bluffs, creeks & river, linger at Cooper’s Landing & eat at Dotty’s Cafe). Day 2 - I rode from Trelor to St. Charles (talk to folks at Turner KT Shelter, drink a beverage at Augusta & enjoy the well-earned bounty of St. Charles).
Rented our bikes from Touring Cyclist. The bikes had pannier racks ready for us to load up. We were picked up from the airport and taken to their shop to get fitted for our bikes. They shuttled us from St. Charles to Clinton on Day two and picked us up when we finished in St. Charles. We biked St. Charles to Machen on Day 1. The bikes were perfect for the trail. My cycling friend and I had an amazingly good time biking the 237.7 miles of this trail. The scenery changes were great. The towns along the way had perfect accommodations for us. At some of the Trail Heads there are self repair bike stations. We stopped at every trail head and read the information provided. Took a couple of added detours/stops we would not have known about if it had not been for all the information the trail heads provide. Although you have to add a few miles to get into some towns with accommodations and food, the pathways across the river, etc. provided easy access without automobile traffic.
Many kudos for those who take care of the trail. It is truly a memorable trail ride and the longest I've ever ridden. Love, love, loved it.
We rode this one from the Clinton trailhead for about 5 miles. It was a fun ride on a nice, flat trail. At this trailhead, there were restrooms, water, a bike stand, tools, and even a hand air pump.
My husband and I stayed in Hartsburg, MO Centrally located along the KATY Trail. We rode out & back loops starting at various depots/trailheads for 5 days. Because of this, we did the mileage of the trail but did not actually cover the entire KATY trail. We traveled on the wide crushed gravel trail on the area from Sedalia to Marthasville, only experiencing a few rough areas from wash outs between Hartsburg and Tebbetts just after leaving the Hartsburg trailhead. The trail was in great shape otherwise! This would be a great trail for a family with children to enjoy. The week began with temperatures in the 90s and then cooled down for the rest of the week into the low 80’s which made riding more enjoyable.
Saturday- Rode from Hartsburg To Roeche Port -52 miles With the Missouri River on one side and beautiful rock bluffs on the other side. HOT day!!! in the 90’s Lot’s of folks were on the trail.
Sunday- was a day of rest (thankfully). We took the afternoon to tour & taste at 3 of the local wineries in Hermann.
Monday-Rode from Roeche Port to Pilot Grove-52 miles We had some gentle ups and downs. Passed through New Franklin (the Santa Fe Trail originally started there) and Booneville (named after Daniel because he lived in the area at one time) Lots of history following the Lewis and Clark trail.
Tuesday-Drove to Pilot Grove to begin our ride. Got there and began unloading bikes and realized that we forgot our lunches (rental house 1 hour away) SOOOOO we drove to Walmart to pick up items for lunch (only 20 minutes away) So we got a late start on the trail…I had shoulder cramps. Just went to mile marker 224(almost to Sedalia)- 42 miles. I had on my UT biking shirt. Passed someone one on the trail from Tellico, TN. Got a “GO VOLS “greeting from him!!
Wednesday-Rode Marthasville to McKittrick-46 miles. This was my FAVORITE section of the Katy Trail. The trail was close the Missouri River and part of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. We passed a large middle school group of kids. They were doing 25 mile sections of the KATY trail each day.
Thursday-Rode from Tebbetts to Hartsburg-46 miles Lots of people on the trail today. Rode through farmland and North Jefferson City, MO Making our total mileage 238 miles!!
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your bug spray, the mosquitos can be quite aggressive!
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