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cycling trip Katy Trail Moderate

Dates: 9/16 - 22, 2017

(7 days, 6 nights; Sat. -Fri.)


Assembly Point: Clinton, MO

Nearest Airport (start): Kansas City International Airport

Nearest Airport (end): St Louis Lambert International Airport

(Timberline van shuttle is included from Kansas City to Clinton, MO prior to tour and from St. Charles, MO to St. Louis following tour. The van will also return to Kansas City via Clinton after the conclusion of the tour)

Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity

Tour Cost: $1,929

Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttle, leaders, trail maps and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $345

• Hybrid bikes recommended

Meeting time airport: 1 pm, hotel 3 pm

Drop - off time: 3 pm

Inn Highlights

• Capitol Plaza

• Augusta Wine Country Inn

We at Timberline Adventures have long fancied ourselves as mountain folk always eager to challenge the gnarliest terrain the west can offer. Then, we discovered the Katy Trail, a 227 mile totally non-gnarly rails-to-trails corridor across the state of Missouri that has provided us with some of the most thoroughly enjoyable fun-filled weeks over the past several seasons. We have not offered this trip since 2008 and with the demand we are getting from customers wanting more rails-to-trails trips, we are pulling this one out of the archives.

In 1986, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (also known as the Katy), ceased operation along its trans-Missouri route. After a protracted legal struggle, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources secured the abandoned right-of-way and created the Katy Trail State Park. With the recent opening of the Clinton-Sedalia section, the Katy ranks as the nation's longest rails-to-trails corridor.

Why do we find the Katy so intriguing? Scenically, the trail traverses Missouri's most magnificent landscape. For much of its route, it follows the course of the Missouri River to its confluence with the Mississippi. Frequently, we are riding this basically hard-pack crushed limestone trail with the Missouri to the right and the rugged limestone bluffs for which Missouri is famous on our left. At times, we are cycling through an arboreal wonderland, ablaze with color in the fall; other times we ride through the incomparably fertile bottomlands and beautiful vineyards of the Missouri wine country.

From the beginning of our journey at the trail's west terminus in Clinton, to the final moments at the landing in St. Charles, we are surrounded and immersed in the rich historical and cultural legacy of this region. Timberline's identity as an organization is predicated on Western adventure as its sole focus. What could be more appropriate than an adventure in the "Gateway to the West"? The role of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806 was profound in the opening of the West. The Katy Traill traces the early (and final) stages of that expedition as it launched from St. Charles and followed the river across the Missouri Territory.

The Katy Trail tour assembles in Clinton, about an hour's van shuttle southeast of Kansas City. We'll ride to Sedalia, perennial site of the Missouri State Fair, on Day 2. We're headed to Boonville on Day 3 and our first rendezvous withthe Missouri River. Day 4, we'll encounter the trail's only tunnel near Rocheport and then ride along the Missouri much of the day to Jefferson City. We're headed for Hermann and the wine country on Day 5 and we'll arrive early enough to tour the Hermanhoff and Stone Hill Wineries. Day 6 it's on to Augusta. On Day 7 we'll ride into St. Charles Frontier Park along the river, a nice ending to a great adventure.


Day 1
Arrive, assemble, van shuttle, bike fitting, orientation dinner  
Day 2 Clinton - Sedalia 36 miles
Day 3 Sedalia - New Franklin 40 miles
Day 4 New Franklin - Jefferson City 36 miles
Day 5 Jefferson City - Herman 42 miles
Day 6 Herman - Augusta  38 miles
Day 7 Augusta - St. Charles 26 miles

Total cycling mileage: 218

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.