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Old 06-10-05, 11:41 AM   #1
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Day trip to ride the Katy Trail?

Never ridden any of the Katy Trail before, but we only live a few hours from mid Missouri. So we were thinking about going up to check it out some time soon(next few weeks). Might just go for one day, or we might go one day, camp(or stay in a motel) somwhere up there close to the trail, ride a little more on day two and then head home.

Anyone that has ridden the Katy got enough experience to tell me which "legs" of the trail are the most fun and scenic to ride? Some pictures I've seen show an area that has real tall, steep cliffs(near Rocheport I think)....that would probably be cool. Anyway, any advice or head's ups would be appreciated by this Katy newbie.



We did buy the guide book a while back but I never got around to reading the whole thing. Just thought somone with some KT experience might be able to helpus decide where to go.

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If you decide to start in Rocheport, the better scenery is toward Jefferson City rather than toward Booneville.
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If you decide to start in Rocheport, the better scenery is toward Jefferson City rather than toward Booneville.

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I have only been on the trail once, just to say I did it...

Nice scenery, but kind of boring; I was into "real" mountain biking at the time.
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I'm guessing that there's more than one Katy Trail, since taking a day trip to ride the Katy Trail in Dallas wouldn't be worth it. It's only 8-9 miles round trip, and it's packed with joggers/walkers/rollerbladers. And it's all paved. It is a pretty ride, though.
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I agree with Retro Grouch. Starting at Rocheport and heading east is the best way to go.
Here is a link to a great interactive website for the Katy Trail-- http://katytrail.showmestate.com/frames.asp?map=yes

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Check it out: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/

I live in St. Charles county, so I ride the Katy A LOT. I have only ever ridden the St. Charles-Augusta part. There are a lot of cool places to stop along the way. Sometimes I ride across the Missouri river to the Creve Coeur Lake path, which is a pretty unexciting path by itself--fully paved and full of joggers and rollerbladers--but riding over the river is pretty damn cool.
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Oh, and (near Matson trailhead, I think) there's a spur trail to Klondike county park which has pretty good camping facilities. There's always a lot of cool stuff to check out--downtown and historic St. Charles, festivals in Dutzow and Augusta, and some cute bike shops and bars right off the trail.
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Check it out: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/

I live in St. Charles county, so I ride the Katy A LOT. I have only ever ridden the St. Charles-Augusta part. There are a lot of cool places to stop along the way. Sometimes I ride across the Missouri river to the Creve Coeur Lake path, which is a pretty unexciting path by itself--fully paved and full of joggers and rollerbladers--but riding over the river is pretty damn cool.
You must live pretty close to me. I'm at Jungs Station and '94. I haven't ridden the KATY in a while, mostly because I just get tired of riding the same place all of the time. You say Creve Coeur Lake is unexciting? What part of fit, fun loving women wearing stretch lycra do you find unexciting?

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I'm guessing that there's more than one Katy Trail, since taking a day trip to ride the Katy Trail in Dallas wouldn't be worth it. It's only 8-9 miles round trip, and it's packed with joggers/walkers/rollerbladers. And it's all paved. It is a pretty ride, though.

Didn't realize there was another "KATY". Yeah the Missouri edition is a little longer(250ish miles)

Thanks for the info guys. Put my slicks on my MTB yesterday so I'm ready to go. Thought those would be easier to ride than the big gnarly knobbies that were on it. Even got the roof rack I just got off ebay mounted and tested out. I'm itchin' to go.

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