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Trail conditions -ROCHEPORT - Coopers Landing
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Columbia from DRick on 07/13/2019 11:49 AM
KATY is closed at the ROCHEPORT tunnel for west bound rides. Trail conditions from ROCHEPORT to McBaine are good. Katfish Katies at Huntsdale remains closed, but the actual building did not flood and they are cleaning up the parking lot.

Trail repairs to the south/east to at least Coopers Landing have been done, but I have not ridden it yet.

DOES ANYONE HAVE UPDATES ON SECTIONS TO THE EAST TO ST. CHARLES??????????? What is good and what is not.

 
DRick from Columbia on 07/14/2019 09:56 PM
I rode south on the KATY today from McBaine to Easley, a 7 mile stretch. The first 6 miles south of McBaine was in good shape, much of it appeared as though it had not been underwater. A section immediately south of McBaine had been flooded, but repairs were made. It had a few bumps and a little excess gravel, but nothing bad. The conditions deteriorate at the bridge over Little Bonne Femme creek
(At boat henge just north of coopers Landing. Trail surface turns to a scraped dried mud surface with a couple of short stretches of 4-6 inches of sand along the section in front of Coopers Landing. The final mile south to Easley had for a time been used as a replacement for the county road along the trail side. Most of it had patches of road gravel but was very bumpy with constant potholes and a short section with sand about 4-6 inches deep. Upon reaching Easley the trail surface is partially scraped dried mud, very rutted and nothing I wanted to ride. I don't think the state park folks have done any work in that area.

Further south/east of Easley I have no information to share, but may try to dry down to Wilton and see how far I can ride north and south from there.

 
Recent Rider from Memphis, TN on 07/15/2019 09:22 AM
I benefited from watching this forum as I planned my trip, so I thought I’d share some trail info. I just finished riding from St. Charles to Jefferson City. The trail is in good shape between St. Charles and Hermann, with a couple easy detours for bridge closures.

The trail is closed at two points just west of the Portland trailhead, no detours posted. At the first closure I hopped on 94, which runs nearby. Giant hills, but a pretty view from the top. The second closure is at a section where 94 is also closed and, according to a couple in an SUV, the water gets to be knee high on the highway. I didn’t see that water. I rode, going west, past the barricade on 94 on dry road until gravel road 464. If you follow 464 for a 1/2 mile or so it intersects with the Katy and it’s open all the way to Jeff City from there. There’s one washout near Wainright at MM 137, but you can just walk around it.

The pedestrian/bike access over the bridge into Jeff City is under water and doesn’t look like it will be accessible for quite some time. I was lucky that someone at the trailhead offered me a ride into the city because none of the taxi companies would take a bike and I couldn’t find a hotel shuttle who would pick me up.

The trail is rideable but really rough between Portland and Mokane.


Sedalia Trailhead (fairgrounds) in Sedalia
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Don Padfield from Huntersville NC, on 07/14/2019 11:06 AM
Planning a trip from Clinton to Machens. I'm taking the train from Kirkwood to Sedalia, but not sure how to get from Sedalia to Clinton. Any ideas? Maybe an Uber?

 
PTM from Stl on 07/14/2019 08:49 PM
A couple of years back we took a local bike shuttle from Sedalia to Clinton
Very nice man
But make sure you tell any of them all the gear you have
He was not prepared for our tow trailer
Sorry I can’t remember his name but am sure someone will offer a suggestion
Be safe have fun and pls report back on trail conditions

 
John Hutchins from Pacific on 07/15/2019 06:49 AM
If you can extend your trip by one day just ride to Clinton. The morning train gets in early enough to get to Clinton before dark.


Columbia to Rocheport
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Anonymous from North East MO on 07/14/2019 09:48 PM
Has anyone rode the MKT trail in Columbia to Katy Trail going to Rocheport since the flooding? Is it open and are the restaurants in Rocheport open too?

 
DRick from Columbia on 07/14/2019 10:00 PM
The trail is open from Rocheport to Easley (approx. 16 miles). Things are open in ROCHEPORT and they could really use the business.

 
DRick from Columbia on 07/14/2019 10:05 PM
The MKT is open with one detour. Right after the Perche Creek Bridge on the MKT, you will need to detour to a one lane gravel around the first water treatment pond and then get back on the MKT. It is possible to ride the section of the MKT that the detour bypasses, but the trail was covered for weeks and ther was a lot of silt deposited

 
Anonymous from North East MO on 07/14/2019 10:09 PM
Ok thanks for the info


The Inn at Defiance in Defiance
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Christine from Defiance on 07/14/2019 05:52 PM
The Inn is no longer an operating B&B. It closed in May 2018.


Trail conditions from McKittrick to Marthasville
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WMDC from St Louis on 07/14/2019 03:52 PM
I rode the KATY Trail this morning from McKittrick (mm101) to Marthasville (mm76). This section of the trail is dry, debris has been removed and the surface is what you would typically find. There is a small detour of approximately 300 feet by Case (mm97) that is easily bypassed by taking the road just to the north of the trail.


Chesterfield to Hermann
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McD on 07/14/2019 09:39 AM
7/13/19-
Chesterfield levee entry point (Boone Bridge) to Hermann- no flooding.
- 1 detour around a washed out bridge west of Augusta.
- Another washed out bridge at Case, no detour, but you can hop off your bike and detour around the bridge on a side road. It does say "trail closed" but it is very manageable.


Boonville to Rocheport
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Jeff from Newalla, Ok on 07/05/2019 08:46 AM
It appears that the trail could be open from Boonville to Rocheport. Does anyone know that for sure (with NO detours)?

 
BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 07/05/2019 10:06 AM
No way -- here is what that section looked like last week. The tree line next to the grain elevator is the Katy. Maybe put your bike in a canoe?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2776023682425908&set=gm.2420460434663513&type=3&theater

 
Margie Hilburn on 07/05/2019 03:58 PM
Anyone know if the Katy Roudhouse campground (near old town of Franklin) is open?

 
Sharonbikes from Kansas City on 07/05/2019 04:15 PM
I don't know - but I seriously doubt it. I would guess they are still under water. The road between Boonville and New Franklin is still closed due to flooding and the part of the Trail that goes by the campground is still closed due to flooding as well.


Sharon

 
MLH from Joplin on 07/05/2019 04:19 PM
Is this the pepper mill near new Franklin?

 
BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 07/05/2019 04:29 PM
Yes, it is the "peppermill" elevator.

 
DRick from Columbia on 07/13/2019 12:26 PM
The floodwaters have generally receded, U.S. 40 has reopened. However, the trail is currently closed west of ROCHEPORT. I do not have any info on the trail conditions/repairs needed, but the trail is physically fenced off at the Moniteau Creek bridge on the west side of ROCHEPORT as of yesterday (7-12).


Katy trail closures due to flooding
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Diane from Des Peres on 07/12/2019 02:07 PM
Does anyone know if the Katy Trail is closed between Defiance and Augusta due to flooding?

 
Joe from Wildwood, MO on 07/12/2019 03:43 PM
Hi Diane,
From what I understand that section is open, however the bridge was "washed out" right at the section preceding the park forcing trail users to go in to Klondike Park and getting back on the trail on the other side. Which wouldn't be bad except that hill going into the park is BIG...

 
Avatar from St. Louis on 07/13/2019 07:15 AM
The bridge wasn't washed out. They were in the process of replacing it before the flooding.


Green Ridge
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Dougaroo from Chicago on 07/12/2019 09:53 AM
Can anyone suggest a safe place to lock our bikes overnight in Green Ridge? (We have a support vehicle to drive us back to our motel in Sedalia) Thanks!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 07/12/2019 01:11 PM
Soooo, it's 10.2 miles. Ride your bike back?


Dormitory at School House B + B in Rocheport
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Anonymous on 07/12/2019 05:58 AM
Excellent stay! Was quiet and relaxing and the gatden area was lush and beautiful. The bikes were ready for us, complete with water bottles and helmets! Loved it and will come again!


Birthday Bike Ride
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Erika from Olathe, KS on 07/11/2019 07:27 AM
Does anyone know the current conditions of the trail from Rocheport to McKittrick? I'm planning a mid-August bike ride for my birthday! Thanks for any info!

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 07/11/2019 12:24 PM
If I had a crystal ball, I would predict you may still encounter areas of flood damage and places where the DNR crews will be working on repairing. There is a link on the DNR website where you can donate to the Missouri Katy Trail Foundation to help in the repair costs.

 
Jonathan from Jefferson City on 07/11/2019 11:18 PM
I don't know what August will look like, but now here in Jeff City you'll need to bring you Kayak with you.


Weldon Springs to Marthasville
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Joe from Wildwood, MO on 07/11/2019 03:31 PM
I'm assuming there is still a detour through Klondike Park, but can I make it to Marthasville?

 
Jonathan from Jefferson City on 07/11/2019 11:17 PM
I make that trek and a bit more a few weeks ago and it good they whole way.


Electric bikes
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Chris on 07/11/2019 11:04 AM
Can you use a electric bike?

 
Fary from Near Tebbetts on 07/11/2019 12:16 PM
Yes, as long as you limit the max speed as posted on the DNR web site. I think it is around 18-20 mph, but you should check out the official DNR Katy Trail website to be sure. Probably wouldn't hurt to also check out the other rules while you are there.


"still clucking" (KFC, Sedalia)
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D.E.M. from Sedalia, Mo on 11/15/2004 06:26 PM
just returned our chicken for a refund. Inside the juices still ran pink. did not feel that the shift supervisor was appropriately concerned about this culinary hazard. Will not return!

 
rawhide from saint louis on 07/10/2019 07:05 AM
Get the grilled next time.

 
Dean from Columbia on 07/10/2019 01:01 PM
Or better yet, got to Fitters on 5th street.

 
Doug from Bluffton on 07/10/2019 03:44 PM
Or even better, quit whining about something that has nothing to do with the Katy Trail here.

 
Tim from TN on 07/10/2019 03:50 PM
I have one better than that, quit responding to a post from 2004!


Amtrak to katy Trail
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Steve Roehr from St Charles, Mo on 06/25/2019 07:48 PM
Hey all,

I'm thinking about taking an Amtrak from St Louis to the Kansas City, then biking back St Charles. Any recommendations for getting from the Kansas City amtrak to the katy Trail. Or other options to consider? Thanks!

 
Jerry Whittle from Belleville IL on 06/26/2019 03:02 PM
I recommend taking Amtrak to Sedalia Missouri instead. You would be minutes from the Katy Trail. Hermann or Jefferson City Missouri would be an even shorter options.

 
Sharonbikes from Kansas City on 06/26/2019 06:54 PM
I agree - ride the train to Sedalia. Amtrak goes right by the depot in Pleasant Hill, but the train does not stop there. Also - not sure when you are planning to go, but the flooding has meant Amtrak hasn't always been running. The tracks have been flooded and when that happens, they put people on a bus - don't think they will allow bikes on the chartered bus. The train was running again last week, but I saw today that service was suspended again.

Sharon

 
Amber from Dallas, TX on 06/29/2019 06:54 PM
Missouri native here and have done the Amtrak from STL to Sedalia and spent a week riding the trail back, staying at BnBs at the wine towns along the way. Have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the additional trail from KC as well so I can officially ride from one end of the state to the other. Planning to do this in September. Any thoughts from the locals in the know about the outlook for when the trail will be restored from the flooding this year? Also looking for someone's input who has traversed from KC Amtrak station to trail head.

 
Michael from mountains from London on 06/30/2019 01:56 AM
Hi Amber
When in September are you riding? We plan to start 26 September from Sedalia to St Charles over six days. All the posts here and the information available indicate that no-one is sure what the conditions will be. I've spoken to a couple of the guys who rent out bikes and who also organise tours. They are optimistic and are planning for their tours to go ahead in mid-September. I guess they would say that, wouldn't they? But then, they think the trail will get fixed quickly - but that quickly? I see from a news site that the water levels went UP again recently at Jefferson City. We are holding our nerve and sticking with our bookings, but also have a plan B to cycle the trail west of Boonville and up to KC on the Rock Island. Michael
(ps sorry, can't help with your question about a route from KC Station to trailhead; but last year we cycled east out through suburban and central Syracuse on the Erie Canal Trail and back westwards. Lots of sites said how difficult it was, but we found it just took some navigation. I have also seen references to routes from KC Station to trailhead on this site; good luck!).

 
Mark from Lee's Summit on 06/30/2019 09:41 PM
There is an Amtrak station in Lee's Summit which is closer to the Rock Island Connection to the Katy Trail, but there is also an Amtrak station near Downtown Kansas City which would get you closer to the Kansas state line if that is a big goal. People have mapped out the shortest routes if you don't mind driving in traffic or I have even mapped out the routes that use mostly trails and bike lanes. If you give more specifics on what you are looking for, I would be happy to give you some options. I also mapped out a scenic route from the Katy Trail into Downtown St. Louis that used mostly trails and bike lanes because I enjoy combining the city riding with the more rural Katy Trail in the middle.

The dams upriver are going to continue to release lots of water through August so you will just have to check on conditions through the summer. The trail will get fixed quickly and businesses will continue to offer shuttles around the closed areas if needed.

 
Amber from Dallas, TX on 07/09/2019 08:04 PM
Michael and Mark, Thanks for your insights. I'll just keep my eye on this sight, but won't hold my breath. Might just be a ride for next year. Might work better anyway since I'll be turning the big 5-0 and will be looking forward to the challenge.

 
Michael from Mountains from London, England on 07/10/2019 07:59 AM
Dear Amber

The big 5-0! I vaguely remember it. I'm passing the big 7-0 this summer so I need to cycle to keep old bones moving.

As you say, it's 'watch this space' for updates on the Trail.

Michael


Trail conditions
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Dogbert from St. Louis on 07/07/2019 11:19 PM
I am planning to ride the Katy Trail from Clinton to Greens Bottom in St. Charles this Oct. 10-14 and enjoy a few hours at the Pumpkin Festival in Hartsburg on Saturday the 12th. I wonder if the affects of the Missouri River flooding will all be remedied by then.

 
Michael from mountains from London on 07/08/2019 02:45 AM
Hi Dogbert
When I read the recent posts below about the trail conditions, it seems to me that we just don't know. There is plenty of speculation, and some welcome optimism, but it looks BAD out there from the photos. In addition, the weather reports state there is more rain recently and we are told that the upstream dams will release water, so there will be damage and a mess to clear when the waters subside.
We're planning a ride Sedalia to St Charles 26 September to 1 October this year and we are just holding our nerve; we have Plan B to ride the western sections and the Rock Island Trail.
We've booked accommodation all the way; how about you? Are you hanging on or planning an alternative?
Michael
ps - it has stopped raining in London, for a while.
pps - for anyone who asks why we fly 3,500 miles to cycle, we have close family and friends in the Eastern USA so cycling over there is a bonus for us.

 
Dogbert from St. Louis on 07/08/2019 09:34 AM
I have not planned any alternative route. It is just easiest for me me to park my vehicle at my sister's house in St. Charles and have her drop me off at the other end of the trail. I've done that maybe 10 times now. It is such a nice, relaxing break from work.

 
Anonymous from Hartsburg, MO on 07/09/2019 12:35 PM
Can anyone tell us about the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, in October.
The Hackman's and Nahler's appear to be wiped out as far as pumpkin's are concerned. Will there be a festival?????????????

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 07/09/2019 11:17 PM
Probably; however, they will likely have pumpkins shipped in to Hartsburg from other places not affected by the floods.


Traveling on I70 this summer?
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Local from Columbia from Columbia on 07/27/2009 09:15 PM
For those not familiar with the entire Katy Trail and considering riding some of it I would

highly recommend Rocheport to McBaine or visa versa. It has to be one of the most

spectacular parts of the trail running along the Missouri River Bluffs with cool cave air

actually air conditioning the trail along the bluffs. If you are driving through Missouri on

I70 during a vacation Rocheport is located right off of 70 and has a bike rental shop called

Trailside Bike Shop that rents bikes. It is about an 8 mile ride one way and is worth the

stop on I70 for a break! I see vehicles traveling with bikes drive by this area on I70 all the

time, and if they only knew what they were missing I'm sure they would stop! Rocheport is

located approximately 15 miles west of Columbia Mo. right on I70. Give it a try you won't

be sorry!




 
JMJ from Cincinnati on 07/09/2019 03:08 PM
We would love to "sample" the Katy Trail while we are traveling west on I70. Can you suggest a campground anywhere near Rocheport or McBaine? THANKS


McKittrick to St. Charles
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Anonymous from St. Charles on 07/07/2019 07:09 PM
Is the trail from McKittrick to St. Charles open.


Trail in good shape from CoMo to Rocheport
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Kevin Barnett from Columbia on 07/05/2019 10:35 AM
The trail from Columbia to Rocheport is in good shape with no water and no detours. Come on out for a fun ride on the best section of the Katy!

 
D. Rick from Columbia on 07/05/2019 02:05 PM
Rode the MKT Trail that connects downtown Columbia to the KATY Trail near McBaine. A 3/4 mile section of the MKT paralleling Perche Creek remains underwater and the City of Columbia has placed a no trespassing sign on the gracel road along the wetlands treatment ponds, which is the only way to Bypass the flooded section of the MKT..

 
Kevin from CoMo on 07/07/2019 02:42 PM
Not sure they enforce that sign. There are probably 200 cyclists using that route called “the bowl” every weekend. I use it all the time. The eagles perch up there quite often.

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