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Running Katy Trail
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Taitor from North Carolina on 10/09/2019 02:04 PM
I’ve decided to run the entire Katy Trail from east to west starting October 27 2019. I will actually start from Alton and run to Machens from there. The question is how is: are there gonna be any really bad spots that may not be actually listed or unlisted as closed? Any local knowledge would be great! Thanks and can’t wait to see some of you out on the trail! Shooting for about 50 miles per day.

 
Brian L. from Austin,Texas on 10/10/2019 09:32 AM
Check the “Flooding and Trail Closures” section at the top of the home page - there will be some helpful info on those links, hopefully.
I assume you are typically able to run 50 miles/day? If so, that seems pretty ambitious, considering the spotty trail conditions and reduced daylight hours at the end of October.
In any case, good luck & have fun!

 
Taitor from North Carolina on 10/10/2019 10:55 AM
The mileage shouldn’t be a problem because I will be running at least 12-14 hours per day/night. I guess I’m more worried about Alton to St Charles and if hwy 94 to st Charles is flooded also.

 
Jerry Whittle from Belleville Illinois on 10/11/2019 08:12 AM
Hwy 94 isn't flooded any longer. However Machens to St. Charles on the Katy could be a problem especially around MM 35. There are ways to bypass that part of the trail.

I don't know exactly when, but they do turn off the water at most trailheads later in the year.

 
Doug from Bluffton on 10/11/2019 09:33 AM
Are you aware that the trail is closed from sunset to sunrise?

 
Michael from Camdenton, Mo on 10/11/2019 01:19 PM
They shutdown everything November 1st.

 
Doug from Bluffton on 10/11/2019 01:55 PM
The water gets shut off then but the trail and outhouses are still open during daylight hours

 
Taitor from North Carolina on 10/17/2019 11:10 AM
Yes I am aware that the park is not open during nighttime. I will start at first light and run til dark every day. Thanks for all the info!

 
Taitor from North Carolina on 11/22/2019 09:32 AM
Finished the Katy trail and rock island spur in 6 days on foot! I had a wonderful time! You should be very proud to have this close by to use. The trail with the exception of the closures was immaculate and smooth. I really never had to look down to make sure the trail was smooth! What a great time!Next time I’m bringing a bike.??

 
Matt from Wentzville on 11/22/2019 10:40 AM
Fantastic accomplishment! Congratulations!!!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 11/22/2019 03:50 PM
Amazing! Way to go! Is there anywhere to find a trip report?

 
Kim Henderson - Kim's Cabins from Windsor on 11/23/2019 12:44 AM
Wow that's awesome! Would love if you'd post and some pics on our page The Rock Island Trail at Windsor. Congratulations!

 
Taitor from North Carolina on 11/29/2019 07:05 PM
I don’t have a report of the run. I did post each day with pictures on a Facebook page called Katy 2 KC 320 if you would like to look at that. ??

 
Astrid from San Francisco on 12/13/2019 08:20 PM
Hello Taitor,
I was wondering about your experience to run through the "closed" parts of the trail, like the ones listed in the MO State Park website.

MM 96.9 to MM 97.1, at Case and slightly west
MM 117 to MM 118, west of Portland

there seems no detour for these two, but the dates are quite old. I wonder how you ran through these two parts. I am going to ride on Wed (Dec 18) from west to east. Any trial condition update will be really appreciated. :)

 
Taitor from North Carolina on 12/16/2019 05:21 PM
In my experience the road closures with no recommended detour meant that you would have to get out on the highway or road near the trail. I did this a few times and It was quite easy to get back on the trail. Also at the trailheads where there was a sign reporting a closure someone would write in pencil or pen the easiest way to get back on so keep an eye on that. The only real major closure I saw was the one near Mokane and they had the gate so sealed up you couldn’t possibly get through. So I took the road around following the directions someone had left. I think once you get out there you’ll be fine like I was.! Have fun and stay warm!!


Trail Condition in December, 2019
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Astrid from San Francisco on 12/13/2019 08:30 PM
Hello,
I'm a newbie to the Katy Trail. Although I did have some solo bicycle touring experiences, it's always nice to have local's advice. :)

I plan to ride my bicycle (Jamis CodaSport, Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700*35) from Warrensburg to St. Louis on Dec 18th to 23rd. Two closed parts seem no detour, I was wondering if anyone had any update about these two parts. Like, are they totally blocked?

-- MM 96.9 to MM 97.1, at Case and slightly west (beg. 7/8/19) flooding - No recommended detour
-- MM 117 to MM 118, west of Portland (beg. 8/16/19) flooding - No recommended detour

Any information would be truly appreciated. Many thanks! :)

 
moved back to mo from marin last october from originally from jc mo on 12/13/2019 10:40 PM
haven't been on or seen the trail but it's been dry here (jc mo) for a few weeks. so it should be in good shape..unfortunatly, i don't have any information regarding the closed sections. try dept of natural resources?? perhaps they could help...safe travels..

 
Anonymous on 12/14/2019 10:17 AM
Not closure related but the 15th and 16th weather prediction for Boonville is for snow. 1-3 inches on the 15th day with the same for that evening and on Monday morning. Only a prediction for a couple of days before your adventure, but potential for several inches of snow. My concern would be cold December weather and potential snow.

 
Marna from Boonville on 12/14/2019 04:03 PM
I think what this says is.....
Dress in Layers and Bring your FATTY bikes.
Having ridding the Katy in Snow, many times, it is hard going. The snow is NOT groomed for riding bicycles as it is out west, such as Mickelson Trail in SD.

 
Doug from Bluffton on 12/14/2019 05:01 PM
At mm 118 you can take the gravel out to 94 and ride maybe 1/2 mile where it comes over the trail and loop down to the left onto the trail. At mm 97 there is a bridge gap that is EASILY bypassed. I am at mm 110.8 and will be having a solstice bonfire on the 21st if you want to stop by. I have one room available plus camping. The Barn. I will also be glad to answer any questions you have if you want to call.

 
Astrid from San Francisco on 12/15/2019 09:46 PM
Thanks for the response. Yup, I noticed the winter storm and am carefully watching it. I'm in St. Louis at this moment and the snow is actually not too bad. Will wait and see. Fingers crossed.


Pleasant Green Plantation House in Pilot Grove
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SC from Boulder, Colorado on 12/13/2019 04:09 PM
I would like to add a photo of the plantation house if possible. Also there is a historic church and cemetery almost adjacent to the trail.


Mondays & Tuesdays
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Will from Ottawa on 12/12/2019 08:59 AM
Hi, was doing to research for a 2020 end-to-end west-to-east self-supported ride. I am a first-timer and see over and over again that Mondays and Tuesdays can be a little difficult because shops/restaurants/facilities in some towns are closed those days. Are there specific cities/routes that should be avoided on those days? What are the best days to start a ride from Clinton? Thanks in advance

 
Jerry Whittle from Belleville Illinois on 12/12/2019 09:24 AM
If you plan on spending a Monday night in Sedalia and a Tuesday night in Boonville, you should have no trouble finding shops/restaurants/facilities in those two towns. You shouldn't have problems in Hermann or Jefferson City either.

Otherwise you might want to consider starting on a Wednesday. That would give you 5 riding days to get to St. Charles.

There's a Towns & Services link at the top of the page. It can give you a good idea of which towns have the most services.

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