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Katy Trail

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This trail is good for amateur mountain bikers. It''s flat and goes across the state from East to West or West to East. It''s accessible from many towns, including Rocheport, Columbia, Boonville, St. Charles, St. Louis, to Kansas City! There are good Katy Trail Guidebooks. Beginners might do increments, but many bikers choose to ride the entire 200+ miles of trail. It can be done in 3-5 days depending on average speed. The river and bluffs are beautiful in the central area of the state.
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Latitude
38.75408327579141
Longitude
-92.2412109375
Trail Directions
Trail is accessible from many towns and crosses many counties. BikeKatyTrail.com has maps and pebblepublishing.com has guidebooks to this trail and others.
Trail Length
200+ Miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Statewide
Zip/Postal Code
65279
Country
United States
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Dan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great for training or leisurely family ride but not really mountain biking.

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter its flat and straight.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Binder, Rhett's Run, Cedar Creek



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Review Date
July 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: glbrannon ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail to ride for the leisure cyclist. The path is almost completely flat for the entire 225+ miles through Missouri. I believe the highest grade is 5%, and located in the western most section of the trail. The views once you approach the Missouri river valley are beautiful. Towns are spaced at 10-15 mile intervals along the trail enabling you to stop for rest or play. This is also Missouri wine country, so plan on making a stop at Rocheport and other th's to enjoy.

There are camping opportunities at state run sites (this trail is part of the MO state park system and is a rails-to-trails project), best to check ahead. This is definitely a beginner trail. There are no steep dh runs, no stumps to jump, no rocks to hop ... just a leisurely 225 miles to enjoy at your own pace. Also, this trail is shared with walkers, so etiquette is important as large groups are encountered, particularly near larger towns.

I love this trail and use it often. It is aerobically easy, I give it a level 2 merely because of the distance. There are really no technical aspects to the trail, other than negotiating around walkers.

Recommended Route:
If you plan to take the entire 225 miles, definitely start at the western most part (Clinton) and work your way east, downriver, towards St. Charles. This is a relatively flat trail, but the slight downhill grade will make a world of difference after 30-60 mile rides.

Try to plan stops at fun th's like Rocheport and others. You'll enjoy yourself even more. These towns are accustomed to trail riders and make them feel welcome.



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