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Weldon Spring - Hamburg Trail

Hamburg Trail worst mark trail ever.From the KATY TRail, after about 3.5 mi trail goes straight (what looks like the trail)turns into over grown grass & fallen trees. back track to what looks like survace road. Trail joins black top road, no sings, go to the right,through tunnels till black top turns into gravel road, signs say restrigeted area no access. turn back again, through tunnel take survice road up to Hwy 94. Down
to route D. Looking to the right the Humberg Trail went through the restricted area. At 94 & Route D turn right. Trail leads down by lake # 10 (Busch Conservation Area)To 2 red cattle gates (no signs)go around gate follow gravel road to bigger gravel road, no signs,To be met by gun shots. Turn right, go by lake 36, no sings, ride on gravel road to be run off into weeds by passing trucks. I give up after 1 mi. Go back to gravel road that took me back to lake 10, no signs for Hamburg Trail, Take trail back to Route D & Hwy94 no signs. look across 94 looks like gravel parking lot for grave yard.Go through gravel parking lot to the right and you'll see Hamburg Trail sign.
This will lead through the restricted area, no sign's to say it's the bike trail. Only a 8 mi. trail, I spent more time getting lost, than I spent ridding the trail.
posted Apr 8 2007 8:18PM - Andrew Mayberry, St. Louis, Mo.

Here's a google map to the trailhead from 40.
posted Apr 16 2007 1:48PM - bbridge, Dallas

I agree with Andrew. The trail is not well marked. Being somewhat familiar with the layout of the area, and having looked at the map on the web, I was able to guess well enough to follow it from the Katy to the wildlife center. Getting back to the trail was another adventure. Better pay close attention or you'll end up riding from lake to lake looking for the route back. There are no signs pointing you back to the trail.
posted May 15 2007 12:58PM - lenning, St. Peters, MO

I agree that the Hamburg Trail is not well marked. I will add that it was fun exploring the small side trails that I would have skipped past if the Hamburg itself had been better marked. Since the trail is only 8 miles long, reaching dead ends and having to back track a few times is not a big deal. If you plan on riding around Busch Wildlife once you reach the end of the Hamburg, you better bring a map of Busch. Its easy to get lost there with out the area map. I prefer to turn around once I get to Busch Wildlife and go back and ride more of the Katy Trail.
posted Jul 31 2008 4:43PM - Matt, St. Charles, Missouri

This original post deterred me from riding the Hamburg last year. This year I got brave and gave it a shot. WE HAD NO PROBLEM NAVIGATING DOWN TO THE KATY! There are a few off-shoots that quite obviously are not the main trail. THE MAIN TRAIL IS NOT OVERGROWN AND THERE ARE NO DOWN TREES. I do wish they would put more signs at the trailhead to get you going the correct way. Then again--I enjoy having the trail to myself--so no never mind!
posted Aug 1 2008 8:01AM - cunninghamair

Yes I love like the hamburg because it gives you a break from the flatness of the KT. There is
a really steep hill right in the middle of the hamburg. Starting the hamburg from the katie
trail is imperative because it's up hill from there. that way you can take it easy coming back if
your out of energy.
posted Aug 10 2008 12:37AM - Blake, St. Peters

If you can't navigate the Hamburg from the Katy, then you probably can't find your ass with both hands. It's quite a simple process: from the Weldon Spring trail head proceed west on the Katy. In less than a mile you will see a sign that identifies the Hamburg trail. From there you will go straight on the Hamburg and follow the trail, which goes through a small tunnel under hwy 94, and continues in a straight and unconfusing manner for about 6 miles, all the way to Busch Wildlife. I've been running it for years and it has never been overgrown, but occasionally there has been a downed tree following a storm or strong winds...just like I've seen on the Katy a million times.

The stupidity of certain people simply amaze me! What part of "turn right and go straight along the trail" is so confusing!
posted Nov 11 2009 6:30PM - Anonymous

tha intelaginz a sum folk reely git me!
posted Nov 12 2009 9:14AM - Anonymous

"What part of "turn right and go straight along the trail" is so confusing!"

Sometimes the trail curves.........then if you keep going straight you go right in the ditch. You gotta stay sharp.
posted Nov 12 2009 12:37PM - Jim, St. Thomas

Great trail but agree with others that it is poorly marked and has nothing to do with one's "stupidity". I personally never had an issue when I first rode the trail but I knew the area to an extent. There several spots that aren't marked where going straight rather than right would make sense. Also at Hwy 94 there's a big disconnect between where the trail starts/ends again. I think the confusion is justified.
posted Nov 12 2009 4:39PM - Speedy

"Dazed and confused for weeks at a time, but never lost!" Have you ever noticed that the negative, hateful, antagonistic posts are almost always anonymous? It's like the person posting is already ashamed of what they are doing.
posted Nov 12 2009 9:45PM - Doug, Bluffton

I've found the easiest way to use the Hamburg trail is to park in the cemetery parking lot at the Hwy 94 and D intersection. If you park at the west end of the parking lot, you can go straight through the gate onto a gravel path. This path will wind its way to a paved section of road. This road will take you back under Hwy 94. After passing under 94 veer to the left and follow the trail all the way to the KATY between Weldon Spring and Defiance.

If you ride from the cemetery out to Klondike park and back, it's about 26.5 miles round trip. This includes climbing the path from the KATY into Klondike, riding around the park, climbing the very steep path up to the overlook and then exiting out the front of Klondike. The climb to the overlook is not real long, but it's plenty steep.

Just before reaching Hwy 94 leaving the front of Klondike, there is a gravel path to the right that will take you back to the KATY at a point near the Klondike boat ramp.

I hope this helps.
posted Nov 12 2009 9:48PM - Ken, St. Charles

I'd be ashamed to know that "I've been running it (the trail) for years" and then felt so inclined to call someone stupid because they simply weren't as familiar with it as I was.

Such a deal for some folks I guess.....to have the attitude that if you don't know everything that I do and don't have all of the life experience that I do, then.....well you're just inept and stupid.
posted Nov 13 2009 8:02AM - Trek

Being as a Teen Thru out this region i know everything he said the part he did bad was stay on road (road leads to army reserve propety) on way to katy make a left after u go through tunnel under 94 that is where a major sign should be
posted Apr 13 2010 11:55AM - Jay Nowak, st chuck

Hamburg also connects to the lost valley trail...another good mountain bike trail
posted Jan 26 2011 9:07PM - Matt, St. Peters

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