This time we stayed in the town of Hermann, MO a few days and spent one day riding the Katy Trail from the trailhead at McKittrick to the town of Marthasville and back.
We started on the trail about 7:30 am. There had been no rain recently, and the temperatures have been hot (typical Missouri weather for August). It started out in the high 70s and ended in the low 90s by the end of our trip. On the morning ride, I had commented on how much shade there was on that part of the trail and how that had surprised me. On the way back in the early afternoon, I was commenting on how little shade there was and how it felt more shady that morning. So my point is there is not a ton of shade on this section. There is some. I’m going to guess about 40 – 60% shaded. Cooler weather will be nice. Hotter weather will be toasty.
Unfortunately the times that you ride along the river you have bluffs (albeit gorgeous bluffs) on the other side which are blocking any breeze from that side. You’ll peddle fast through the sunny hot spots to reach shade again.
There are mainly crop fields through this section. This was the perfect time for them. They are lush and green and healthy. In the far distance, we could see hills. The river will be beside you for maybe 40% of this trip.
You’ll cross multiple highways, gravel roads, and driveways. There are some benches available. Not a ton, but a good amount. There are just a couple of trailheads with limited facilities.
We opted not to ride across the bridge from Hermann to McKittrick. We had drove through McKittrick to see what it was like and didn’t feel like the 3-1/2 mile stretch from our lodging to the trailhead were worth the effort with the heat building, it was best to save energy for the trail. There is now a dedicated bike lane across the bridge. Coming from the north into Hermann, you’ll have a moderate incline across the bridge and up a hill into Hermann.
Near Treolar, you’ll see the Katy Land Trust sign. Read more about the Katy Land Trust here.
While in Hermann, we stayed at the Graystone Guesthouse. Would highly recommend this place if it satisfies your curiosity. Our first visit in Hermann was to the Stone Hill Winery up on the hill. Gorgeous setting, and I love the small batch of grapes growing on the hillside as you approach the winery. According to our tour, they planted those vines there to keep folks who had enjoyed too many spirits from rolling all the way down the hill. Somehow, I believe that. What a quaint little place. We took the tour, did the wine tasting, bought an abundance of wine and returned later the next day for dinner at the restaurant next door.
We drove around town for a little bit, going by the Stark Mansion, which is close to Stone Hill.
That evening, we rode all over the downtown part of Hermann, stopping for ice cream, doing a little shopping. We especially enjoyed our stop at the Tin Mill Brewery. If you plan on going, check their hours first. Their dark beer was fabulous and try it mixed with their rootbeer….I swear on it. I’m not much of a beer drinker, but this was great. We went back the next day for another sampling.
Don’t miss the courthouse as well. There is so much to see in Hermann. We will have to return to do more!
If you head out of Hermann on highway 19, make sure you stop by Swiss Meats. Their selection of brats is outstanding.
Title: Katy Trail: McKittrick to Marthasville
Track lenght: 73.53Km.
Altitude range: 82m. (Min height: 101m. Max height: 183m.)
Total climb: 567m. Total descent: 566 m.
Page link: http://www.tammyonthetrail.com
Description: Day ride during the summer on the Katy Trail, starting at McKittrick and riding to Marthasville and back to McKittrick