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Hiking the Katy Trail


I am thinking about hiking the Katy Trail, us it as a build up to a section hike to the Appalachian Trail. I'm just not sure if there is enough places to stay, such as camping. Would anyone with more familiarity with the trail let me know what they think.

Thanks, NB
posted Mar 21 2012 10:26AM - NB, Fredericktown Mo

Having spent time on both, I find no comparison between the two trails. One is flat and smooth. The other is steep and rough. The KATY is a fine place to hike. It could be useful to help break in a pack and some boots and check out the rest of your equipment, but I would think that would be the limit of its usefulness as preparation for the Appalachian. That's just my 2 cents.
posted Mar 21 2012 5:04PM - Anonymous

NB, I sort of agree with Anonymous that hiking on the Katy might not be the best training for the Appalachian Trail. However, it is lot better than doing nothing. There are a couple of blogs at this site where individuals hiked/backpacked the entire trail, which you may find useful.

A better and closer option for you would be hiking/backpacking the Ozark Trail. That would give you some good training for the Appalachian Trail. There are several primitive campsites along that trail, and in general, unlike the Katy, you have the flexibility to camp anywhere along the trail as long as you follow their published guidelines.
posted Mar 22 2012 3:25PM - Steve K, Saint Louis, MO

Ozark trail is a great recommendation for preparation for the Appalachian.
posted Mar 23 2012 4:11PM - Anonymous

I have to agree with Anonymous. While walking on the Katy is fun (biking is more so)... we did a few sections on the Ozark Trail last summer and it is much more challenging. Carrying a pack up and down those hills is alot tougher than doing it on the Katy. Love the Katy, but I'd do some trekking on some of the Ozark Trail sections. It's also much more remote and will be more like hiking the Appalachian.
posted Mar 30 2012 3:40PM - Kim, Independence

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