Dutzow to Washington river bridge crossing -
Woodchuck from knoxville on 05/10/2019 07:57 AM
I am riding with my son in June and need to get from Dutzow to Washington. Is the bike path across the river bridge usable or will it be by mid June?
Tyann (Katy Haus and Bank Haus) from Marthasville on 05/10/2019 08:23 AM
It is not open yet, and they have no set date on when it will be open. They have to finish removing the old bridge and piers from the river and repair the north side of the road connecting to the bike path before it will open. I have my doubts it will be done by mid June, but definitely keep checking on it.
Dave from Kirkwood on 05/10/2019 09:56 AM
There have been a couple topics related to the new bridge recently. FYI - although the separate bike/ped lane is not open yet, there is a WIDE shoulder on the bridge that can be used (next to the vehicle traffic). The only challenge that I saw (about a month ago) would be getting onto and off the bridge, given some construction work (shoulder disappearing near ends, so would need to wait for opening in traffic).
Hank on 05/11/2019 10:26 AM
Not sure how old your son is but at this point the ride between Dutzow and Washington is not great. The shoulders are not the best and the pavement narrows on the southbound approach to the bridge making it a little tricky. Once you are on the bridge it is fine but getting there is not the best.
Doug from Bluffton on 05/11/2019 03:16 PM
About half way from Dutzow to Augusta you can take Augusta Bottom Rd around to the right and come out on 47 just before the new bridge on 47. You can also call for a shuttle from a bike shop in Washington or you can stop at Dutzow trailhead and wait for someone in a pickup and offer cash in exchange for ride over the bridge. This last has worked well for friends and I several times.
Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast from Hartsburg, MO on 05/12/2019 09:53 AM
Doug, We missed you at our Potluck this spring. Get in touch with us sometime. (573) 657- 4529 Mark & Leaia Clervi
Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast, Hartsburg, MO
Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground in Portland -
Anonymous on 05/11/2019 10:03 AM
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Lost iPhone - $200 reward Help!!! (Between Pilot Grove & Booneville) -
Joseph Ringling from Chesterfield, MO on 05/10/2019 10:54 AM
Hello fellow cyclers, late yesterday afternoon my iPhone popped out of my vest pocket. It is an iPhone 6S Plus (larger phone). Silver with shiny black screen. Please put the word out to your cycling friends.
The phone popped out of my vest somewhere between Pilot Grove and Booneville.
There is a $200 reward and I will pay for shipping.
??????????Thank you!!! ??????????
Deron Kazmaier on 05/10/2019 01:55 PM
My wife and I live on the Katy almost exactly between Pilot Grove and Boonville (we are the ones with the vintage bikes out along the trail with flowers right now).
Any chance you have "Find My iPhone" turned on? It will leave a breadcrumb location with your Apple account. You could go sign in to that Apple account and find the last known location. Worth trying even if you don't think it is tracking it.
Happy to go look for it, but I don't have time to walk it both directions today and unless I have a general location I'm afraid tomorrow's rain will find it first! My first guess is one of the road crossings between us and Pilot Grove. They are pretty rough!
Deron Kazmaier on 05/10/2019 02:19 PM
In case you don't know how to access the lost phone options, read about them here:
Joseph Ringling from Chesterfield,MO on 05/10/2019 02:38 PM
Hi Deron, thanks for the quick response. Love the vintage bikes! The phone is turned off to save power. All I know is it popped out of my vest pocket somewhere on the trail between Pilot Grove and Booneville. Praying someone finds it before the rain comes in the morning. If somebody powers on the phone before then it will receive a text with my home number (314) 624-9742.
Joseph Ringling from Chesterfield,MO on 05/11/2019 09:53 AM
Faint memory of setting my phone on top of a bridge rail post. As you proceed over bridges look on top of the 1st left post or the last right post. Especially scenic bridges.
Kathy Flynn from Troy. MO on 05/10/2019 09:40 AM
Planning a bike trip from Windsor to Pleasant Hill, needing a shuttle(bikes and people) to Lees Summitt or some sort of place to spend the night, then returning to Windsor the next day so another shuttle back to trailhead at Pleasant Hill. Can anyone provide info on who may be able to do that?
Kim Henderson - Kim's Cabins from Windsor on 05/11/2019 08:15 AM
Kathy - New lodging option in Pleasant Hill, The In-laws Quarters, on Airbnb. The Windsor back to Pleasant Hill I'm happy to visit with you about if you want to give me a shout 660-351-0905
Water fountains on? -
Adam from KC on 05/10/2019 12:11 PM
Are the water fountains on for the season? I would imagine so being mid-May, but haven't found anything on it.
Dean from Columbia on 05/10/2019 03:02 PM
Found them on at Hartsburg, Rocheport, and points in between.
Anonymous on 05/10/2019 07:34 PM
On the first of April and off the first of November.
Lost phone near Booneville -
DEK on 05/10/2019 07:01 PM
Ugh. Department of Conservation advised posting in the KT forums. Appears the site is down right now. Can someone post for me?
Subj: Lost iPhone $200 reward
Name: Joseph Ringling
Message: Call or email if found!!!
Rhonda from st james on 05/10/2019 03:25 PM
We are getting ready to ride from St Charles - to Mcbaine or Hartburg. Is there transportation that will take us back to St Charles? Also, does that ride look pretty clear? thanks
soft trail? -
salted butter on 04/01/2019 09:56 PM
Does anyone know what the current trail conditions are? There's been so much rain this winter that I worry the KT Trail is soft n muddy in sections. There's also threats of flooding from the MO river, but I'm not sure how concerned I should be about that. Who's been on trail between Washington and Rocheport in the past week??
Thanks in advance!!
Jesse from Denver on 04/04/2019 03:23 PM
I would like to know the trail conditions as well. I am about to start a ride and am wondering if I will have trouble with my loaded touring bike.
Anonymous on 04/07/2019 07:31 AM
Rode yesterday from Greens Bottom to Matson and there were some soft spots.
Dean from Columbia on 04/07/2019 12:39 PM
McBain to Rocheport was fine. After the tunnel heading toward Boonville was rough due to recent flooding, and a few wet patches but nothing mushy.
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 04:07 PM
I just rode from Pleasant Hill to St Charles. Pleasant Hill to Windsor had some soft spots but it was still ok. The rest of the trail was hard packed, with a few bumpy spots only 10-20 ft long. No mud at all. All in all, it's great.
Adam s from Kc on 05/08/2019 09:48 PM
Anon thanks for your recent reports. Heading out May 17 and been nervous about trail conditions but you put our minds at ease! Glad to know the detours are minimal and the trail is in good shape despite the harsh weather of late
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 05/08/2019 10:33 PM
This subject appears every year. Basically, spring time is a period of flooding conditions that every rider needs to check current conditions as posted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), recent whether conditions (rain) for the week before your ride along the trail and north west of Kansas City to give you an idea of what to expect. If there is flood stage conditions along the Missouri River and heavy rains forecast in central Missouri and/or Northwest of Kansas City then you are likely to experience problems. If you don’t like problems, delay you trip until after June with fall being a better option.
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 04:16 PM
I second all these nice comments about Kim's Cabins. Great plane to stay. Kim is so kind and welcoming, and the cabins are perfect after a day of riding - comfortable, clean, and charming. I had to tear myself away the next morning!
Flaneur from Michigan on 04/22/2019 07:49 PM
My son and I just completed the Clinton to St. Charles run. Trail conditions were generally quite good but beware of the detour south of Easley. Gravel road for about 3.5 miles quite a challenge for some bikes (we had a road bike and an urban bike). We ended up walking most of it as the large gravel pieces were too much for us. This area is also fully exposed to the sun so it can be a long, hot march.
Mark from Strafford on 04/23/2019 10:47 AM
What size tires on the urban bike? I guess the road bike had the small, thin smooth tires?
Dean from Columbia on 04/23/2019 12:36 PM
I took the detour about 10 days ago. I was on 1 1/4 inch, it was rough but rideable.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/23/2019 05:27 PM
I agree. The gravel on the ridearound was miserable yesterday. We both have 2+ inch tires, and rode it all, but it was really tough.
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 03:58 PM
The Easley construction is done now and the trail is back open!
Planned Katy Trail Closures in April, May, June?? -
Mark from Strafford on 04/08/2019 04:38 PM
We have a Katy trip planned end of April, riding from Clinton to St. Charles. I have been checking the MO DNR website for flood updates, as no one can control weather or closures due to flooding. However, have you noticed that the Katy Trail is closed at Boonville, Easley, Augusta and Klondike Park?? Closed due to culvert replacement at Boonville and bridge replacement at the other sites. Easley and Klondike Park have detours, but none available at Boonville or Augusta. State Park's answer for these two sections is "No Detour-trail users should avoid this section" Kinda hard to "avoid this section" when you leave Clinton and need to end up in St. Charles!!
Just curious, who in the MO State Park System made the decision to close the trail at these sections for construction during the prime riding months of April and May? And then not have a detour for visitors to be able to complete their ride. I wonder how much lost tourism revenue this will cost the state?
Road and bridge construction has gone on all winter here in Southern Missouri, and we are only 100 miles south of the Katy Trail. Seems like December, January or February would have been a good time to start and finish these projects.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/08/2019 05:58 PM
At Augusta, it looked like we could take Augusta Bottom Road?
I asked about a Boonville ridearound on a different thread about 5 minutes ago. Hopefully someone can verify whether it's reasonable.
I agree that it's frustrating. But glad I saw the outages ahead of time.
Jody from Nowata from Nowata Oklahoma on 04/09/2019 05:22 AM
4 of us are planning to ride the whole trail from May 30-June 4th. Are these closures going to be a problem? Sounds like they might be done by then. We’re lucky enough to have a driver following us. Maybe she could take us around? I’v never been there so we’re not familiar with anything around the trail. Thanks for any information!
Matthew Kauffman from Macon on 04/11/2019 03:54 PM
Man, I agree. We have five kids and my wife and I have been planning this couples getaway since last fall. Plan to leave Clinton on April 25, I can't believe such huge sections of the trail are closed. What a disappointment.
John from State College PA on 04/13/2019 11:51 AM
We just rode the length of the trail. The closure west of Augusta is a simple off and on at a bridge crossing. They are almost done with the trail repair west of Booneville. Mile 34-35 was very muddy and unrideable; it is drying out. Ride safe.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/15/2019 06:03 PM
Thanks for the update, John.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/18/2019 07:53 PM
Another big closure just popped up west of Rocheport.
Maybe April and May are always big months for maintenance.
Dean from Columbia on 04/18/2019 09:45 PM
The Easley detour is 3.6 miles on rough by passable gravel road. Not too bad, but slow going.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 08:19 PM
The trail repair west of Boonville is complete. The gravel is really soft compared to the rest of the trail, so stay sharp.
Mark from Strafford on 04/26/2019 10:32 AM
I spoke with a rep from State Parks System about these trail closures. It seems it has to do with grant money for bridge replacement that has to be used by December 2019 and getting the bridges dismantled before the the bats used them as habit from April to November.
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 03:54 PM
Easley bridge replacement is all done and trail is open. Rocheport detour to Hwy 40 still there. Mile marker 117-118 closure for bluff collapse use Schmid Way to Hwy 94 (going east), it's pretty short.
Rocheoort Detour -
Mark from Ellisville on 04/27/2019 03:39 AM
Be very careful with the detour around Rocheport, the detour takes you on highway 40 for a few miles and the traffic moves very fast and there’s little to no shoulder to ride on.
Ted from LA on 04/29/2019 04:34 PM
Is this still closed. Does anyone know. Thanks.
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 03:46 PM
Yep, still closed.
Katy trail trip may -
Gman from Erie PA on 04/27/2019 04:27 AM
First Katy ride May 7-10 from Boonville to Washington. Would appreciate any trail info concerning conditions and detours. Have been checking the forum and just saw that Rocheport tunnel could be open May 1st. Anyone have info on Easley detour? Also would appreciate dinning tips in Rocheport, Jefferson City, and Washington. Thanks
Tyann (Katy Haus and Bank Haus) from Marthasville on 04/27/2019 10:44 AM
Washington dining tips:
- Philly's Pizza (at the Marthasville trailhead)
- Lake Creek Winery (between Marthasville and Dutzow, up the hill from the trail)
- John G's Tap Room and Bier Deck
- Streetside Tacos
Then to celebrate your finish, Main Street Creamery and Olivino Tasting Bar.
There are more places, but that is my short list!
Note that the walk/bike path on the new bridge is not open yet. If you need a shuttle to Washington, call Joe at Revolution Cycles.
Rex McCall from Springfield,MO on 04/27/2019 11:16 AM
Arris Bistro in Jeff City. Old Dutch Tavern in Washington has outstanding food and a great selection of beer on tap.
Sue on 04/30/2019 02:26 PM
The Easley detour in not that fun. Had an experience with it on 4/26/19 and it cost us an extra hour. The detour puts you on a gravel road that is in good shape but rough due to new gravel being placed. There are trails through the grass at both blockades on the trail that apparently many people have been using. The bridge that was replaced has concrete on the trail so looks like they are getting close to re-opening that area.
Between Easley and Providence, you can stop at Cooper's Landing which is right on the trail and next to the MO river. They have a store and a Thai food truck that is very good.
Also further down on the trail at Portland, there is a little bar that serves an awesome cheeseburger.
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/30/2019 04:40 PM
Seconding what was said above, the Easley detour was tough. The new gravel is large and plentiful. The pedaling is tough and we had to steer constantly to keep our balance. This was easily the hardest bit of our end-to-end ride.
In Rocheport, we liked Meriwether's. They close at 4. After that, I think all that's left is a general store, and a kind of fancy place that is by reservation only and is probably weekends only. Both have good reviews, but we didn't visit either.
In Jeff City, we had ice cream at Central Dairy when we rolled into town, and then got takeout from Arris' Bistro for dinner. Both were great. Arris' looked like a nice place to sit outside but we were beat and preferred to eat in our hotel room at the Baymont.
On the way to Washington, I think that there are some long stretches without a lot of supply/food options. We liked Treloar and Mokane Bar and Grills for lunch. Friendly people and hearty food. Rhineland also had a nice place that was more like a restaurant and less like a bar called The Corner.
My last bit of advice is to not count on any one store/ restaurant/ food truck being open. Always have a plan B and plan C. A few times on our trip I was left looking at the establishment's hours on the door, and my watch, and noting that they weren't open when they had said they would be.
Good luck! Have fun!
Anonymous on 05/01/2019 07:18 AM
When will bike/walk path on Washington bridge open?
Anonymous on 05/08/2019 03:45 PM
Easley construction is all finished! Trail goes straight through now.