Krug Park - TRAIL

Krug Park - Trail, St. Joseph, Missouri

Numerous interconnecting loops that feature some elevation change, a couple of log crossings, rooted steep sections and a creek crossing complete with waterfall. This trail is impossible to navigate and make any distance on without someone that knows their way--I'm still trying to figure it out. A race is hosted here every year, but it isn't clear what course they use to navigate through the park and get some distance. I'm posting it since it wasn't here and I'd been driving to Omaha or KC to ride, though I still don't know my way around Krug. Reviewers please!

User Reviews (12)

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Matt   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2015]


What a secret little discovery in St. Joe! Trail was very fast with nice flow. offering rewarding down hill rally with feel it in the gut climbs... Wish the trail was marked a little better for first time ride... Was a time I thought I was lost on trail, but now have better understanding trail loop.

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4
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4
Ty   Weekend Warrior [Jul 18, 2014]

Great trail! Coming up from Wichita to some terrain is fantastic - 6.35mi of good climbs, solid down hill, and sharp turns. There were no pink flags marking the trail (see most recent 2013 review), but if you hit each intersection and follow the trail straight across you'll be fine. Enjoy the ride!

Customer Service

One route/direction only

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2
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3
Integritytreekc   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2013]

Wow. this trail was amazing and not just for the beginner. I finished ranching delux and woodchuck at Swope park this morning at 10am and it was awesome rocky technical bouncy and everything else I was looking. Thought I would end my day with a nice easy ride with my wife and ended up amazed at the downhill hair pin turns,jumps tight through ways with the beautiful cedars trees in a section called pine tree forest which I thought to be ironic since there were not any pine trees. Clean trail great bridge crossings and jumps, banks built right and overall just an amazing ride that was more than worth the drive for this 6.35 trail that feels like so much more.

MAKE THE DRIVE AND RIDE THIS TRAIL AND YOU WON'T BE AMAZED. WHATCH CLOSE FOR MARKERS( PINK FLAGS )

Customer Service

IN AND OUT FOLLOW THE ENTIRE TRAIL

Similar Products Used: Shawnee mission park trail. And Swope park are both great. Swope is definitely the technical of all in this area to me.
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5
VALUE
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3
mike   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2013]

This Trail is AWESOME and is now easily located, Thanks to the guys from Team Horizon Cycling! A new trail head placed at the entrance keeps new visitors from wandering the park in search of the starting point. Trail markers have been placed throughout the trail to make sure that riders new to Krug are able to stay on course with little chance of getting lost or side tracked. And a special Thanks to the guys that bust their butts like crazy, keeping the trail in tip top shape! It's a never ending job that recieves little praise for the massive effort. Those guys know who they are, and are the reason Krug is so amazing!

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5
VALUE
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3
Jay   Weekend Warrior [Jun 24, 2011]

I rode this trail on 6/24/2011 and was quite impressed. I do not get out on single tracks much because where I live is as flat as a pancake. I have ridden trails in Crested Butte, Colorado (Upper Loop, 401, Dead Man's Gulch) and found this one to be quite good for the Midwest.

The trail is broken into segments and emptied out a few times on grassy hills at the beginning, but after this there was some great single track. Kudos to the club maintaining this trail. The dirt was hard packed and fallen trees had been cut away. The trail winds through trees and has some great sustained downhills with fairly easy climbs. I did not run the entire trail because it was getting dark, but I had a blast. If you are passing through it is worth the stop.

The only thing I saw as a potential issue was broken beer bottle glass here and there.

Customer Service

Enter the park. Stay right and you will climb up a winding road. At the top is a large parking lot running North and South. Park on the North end. The trail head is not well marked but is found Northeast of the parking lot along the tree line. The location is really convenient and with the trail head starting at the high point in this park, the beginning starts with a short downhill. When this short segment ends, cross the grassy hill to the next trail. There is a slight wear path worn that will guide you to the next segment. The next segment is short and switches back. You then have to go up the hill slightly where it connects to the next segment (which is a lot of fun).

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4
VALUE
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3
JDoug   Racer [Aug 30, 2010]

This trail has been re-routed in the past year and is by far one of my favorite in the area. Smooth and fast singletrack with a little climbing. I ride it both ways on a singlespeed, so hills are defiantly manageable. New route takes out some of the old trails that were washed out and it’s a connected loop without the intersecting trails, so you should be able to navigate the route without much problem. CPU puts it at about 6.75 mi.

Customer Service

Park at the first parking lot on top of the park. The trail loop starts and ends near the road 25 yards from the parking lot. You can go either way, but the main route is starting on the trial head on the left. DO not start where you used to 5-10 years ago….. Need help or someone to show you the trail.. www.stjmtb.blogspot.com

Similar Products Used: Within riding distance there are Girl scout camp, Brownie, Corby South and Corby North Trails.
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5
VALUE
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4
Lansen   Racer [Nov 11, 2007]

I just moved to Saint Joseph 2 years ago, and was pleased to discover some of the best trails around. Most of the trails are largely undiscovered by the region's mountain biking community, but are well known by the locals. Krug is one of the tougher rides in the city limits.

These trails twist and turn up and down through the Loess hills near the Missouri river. The soil type is highly erodable, and many of the trails were developed before erosion control was well understood in the mountain biking community. The newer sections are typically benchcut into the sides of hills, and are more sustainable.

Local trail crews are beginning to discuss the best reroutes that would solve or better control erosion problems, however it will be lots of work and we are currently balancing resources between maintaining old trails and building new ones in the abundant woodlands within the city limits.

Local non-biking types are pretty hard on the trails. Trail marking has been attempted several times and have been quickly vandalized. Bridges are also a popular target for extensive vandalism. However, maps have been developed and are available online (see below).

Krug definitely has its good and bad season. It is a favorite between September to mid June. Between those dates the spiders come out. The spiders on these trails will just about pull you up into the trees if you hit them just right, and clearing them on a first lap doesn't work either, because the webs will be back up by the time a second lap is underway.

For now Krug is a great destination, with some unfortunate erosion problems.

Customer Service

The race loop is about 5.5 miles. See the maps under the Trail Link on www.stjmtb.blogspot.com.

There is also a description of the loop, which will come in handy. Other posts are correct, the trail can be confusing if you are not familiar. It is easy to get lost in the 10 or so miles of cross linked trails in this park. Post something on the website above if you are coming through, and hopefully you can hook up with one of the local group rides.

Similar Products Used: Sunbridge Hills approx 6 miles of trail (in St Joe city limits)

Corby Pond South Trails approx 4 miles of trail (in St Joe city limits)

Corby Pond North Trails approx 3.5 miles of trail (in St Joe city limits)

Abandoned Girlscout Camp Trails approx 1.5 miles now and growing to something like a 7-8 mile loop(in St Joe city limits)

Conservation Department Headquarter Trails approx 2.5 miles (in St Joe city limits)

Hyde Park Trails approx 2 miles (in St Joe city limits)

South Parkway 4-wheeler Trails approx 4 miles (in St Joe city limits)
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4
VALUE
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4
kewlstacey   Weekend Warrior [Aug 18, 2007]

Rode this trail on 8.18.07. I too encountered LOTS of spiderwebs. Wasn't sure where the trailhead was but if you park at the amphitheatre just head up into the grassy area above you. The entrances are between the large rocks.
There are so many offshoots from the trail that I couldn't figure out where to go. I just kept heading to the left and also found the waterfall pretty quickly.
I suggest finding someone who knows the trail to go with you if it's your first time. Worse comes to worse they at least can clear the webs for you.

Customer Service

Behind someone else.

Similar Products Used: Landahl Park in Blue Springs. Shawnee Mission Park. Lawrence River Trail.
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2
VALUE
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3
jamie123   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2007]

Wife and I stopped here on Our way to Landahl on Friday. This place is not as bad on hills like the one guy thought, but the spiderwebs were insane! I think one actually stopped my bike. I couldn't believe that it was a Friday late afternoon-early evening, and it was almost as if nobody had rode there in a week or better. There are all the makings of some great trails, just need to be marked better, I mean just marked. There are so many interconnecting loops, you could run circles for an hour and still only be 5 minutes from the parking lot. As for the waterfall, found that in 10 min. Luck I guess. Really need maps for the place. The hills are there and will be a good workout. Watch out for the dead limbs in the trees. One almost wiped me out. Fell from up high and landed about 10 feet out.

Customer Service

What route.

Similar Products Used: Landahl.
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2
VALUE
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4
Mo Pride, Columbia, MO   Cross Country Rider [Sep 27, 2004]

HILLS! I rode this trail about half a dozen times when I lived in St. Joe in the late 90's. HILLS! It was a nice workout and very conveniently located in a nice big park not far from the parkway. HILLS! I recently returned and rode it again after years more riding experience. HILLS! The same trails were there, slightly more eroded and there were many more new trails besides. HILLS! There are some good obstacles, like a teeter totter and several bridges, at least two big ones and at least three or four that were about eight inches wide. HILLS! The terrain is a lot like this post so far: filled with HILLS! There are some fun, fast, flats, but they are few. Mostly you are encountering short very steep hills. Some of these hills are very very steep and the result is that some routes are essentially monodirectional. There has been a lot of motorcross riding in the past and some of the best trails are old motorcross trails. Locals would do well to combat erosion on some of these as there is noticeable deterioration since I was there in, let’s see, ’98. Rut are like runts (kids), you can’t see them growing day by day, but when you see a one you haven’t seen in a while, it’s amazing how much they’ve grown. Though most of the very steep hills are fairly short, there was at least one which was very long. I thought I was going to go over backwards! The result is a nice mix of strenuous, often technical (roots and rocks) climbs and thrilling downhills (both smooth and technical). My wife and I rode for two to two and a half hours and didn’t cover the whole place. I’d estimate that we covered about 40% of it. We rode recon-style, so I’d say a good upper-intermediate rider could ride for two solid hours full on like a lizard drinkin’ and never have to get too creative. An intermediate rider could easily get three-plus hours out of Krug. The locals have done a great job with the new trails and I wish them the best of luck. There’s a bikeshop in town now called Ride Bikes. http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ridebic/

Customer Service

The best stuff is the "red zone" up toward the river. See the map at the trailhead.

Similar Products Used: If you are in St. Joe, you're within two hours of both Landahl and Minor which are both great. You're also a mere three hours away from Columbia, the mountain biking capital of the world!
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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
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