Klondike County Park - Trail, Augusta, MO, Missouri

Klondike County Park - Trail, Augusta, MO, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Hogsback Trail - narrow ridge-riding with tight switchbacks. Powerline Trail - technical, rocky, more tight switchbacks. Strip Mine Loop - very rocky & technical, sheer dropoffs await you just feet from the trail. Donkey Kong Loop - 2 steep sections will test your skills. You can ride all of the trails here and the fire-roads that connect them (about 5.5 miles) or pick your favorites and ride them several times.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 10, 2010]
Deserteagle99uzi
Cross Country Rider

Short downhill style loop called the hogsback on the north part. Doubletrack to the back for donkey kong, Donjo's trail and the strip mine loop. All very technical including a newly built skills section in the back on the donkey kong complete with teeter totters, skinnies, wooden structures and a some jumps. This is as close as you'll get to a freeride park in missouri.

Customer Service

Any and all. The place is setup like a hub with each trail being short making for multiple loops based on what you feel like doing.

Similar Products Used:

Matson Hill
Lost Valley
Greensfelder

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 17, 2009]
dgg
Weekend Warrior

If you like a plethora of switchbacks and fifty percent of the ride being on a narrow trail where one slip could land you practically killing yourself down a 70 degree incline, this is the place for you. The trails are technical and fairly demanding. I enjoyed the ride but was not expecting what I encountered. It's a gorgeous park overlooking the river and would encourage you to ride. I just wish I had a full suspension(specialized stumpjumper FSR) to tear down the trails with.

Similar Products Used:

Chubb, Castlewood

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 01, 2006]
Andy
Cross Country Rider

The trail has some great technical sections, but it is very short. There is one really fun 20ft section of rocks that is very cool, probably the best part of the trail. In about an hour or so, you can ride it about 3 times around. I had a lt of fun, and if I lived closer to it, it would be worth it. Personall though, with a 1hr drive to get there, it just wasnt worth it.

Customer Service

Ride it everyway you can... it is short enough.

Similar Products Used:

Castlewood!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 19, 2006]
jeriCurl
Cross Country Rider

Short technical loops high above the Missouri River. Park is very nice and never very crowded. Nice showers available in the campground area. These trails are not intended for the beginner rider, but they also aren't really that hard. For more information and a detailed trail map, go to:

http://www.gorctrails.com/trails/mklondike.asp

Customer Service

I like parking near the conference building, riding up the paved trail to the top of Hogsback, down Hogsback, then over to ride donkey kong clockwise, then up to Strip Mine and ride it counter-clockwise, down Donjo's, then down through Power-line, back to the car. Evaluate any wounds and then do it in reverse.

Similar Products Used:

Technical: Chubb, Greensfelder
Fast & Fun: Lost Valley, Matson, Castlewood, Quail Ridge
Epic: Berryman, Council Bluff

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 10, 2005]
DanSTL
Weekend Warrior

Klondike is a great new state park with 2 short trails. While the trail to the left of the club house is not very difficult, the second trail that ends with the donkey kong loop is very technical and rewarding by its fantastic views. When I was there for the first time I had problems finding the second trail. Just go west towards the camp grounds where you will find the rest rooms and showers (they actually work and the doors are unlocked). The trail entrance is to the south just outside those buildings. The people who built these trails did a fantastic job! The trail is only a few minutes from the wineries in Augusta...so shower after the ride and get out there :)Tip: print the map off of this site and bring it with you. There are b/w maps available from the club house....but they are not very clear...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 08, 2004]
cambrown
Weekend Warrior

Great variety. Sheds water well. Worth the travel out there to ride. Look for new trail milage in the future, as well as some obstacles (elevated bridges, jumps, etc...) This is my favorite nearby trail

Customer Service

Donky Kong - clockwise Hogsback - counterclockwise Do it all both ways since it's so short.

Similar Products Used:

Lost Valley (new singletrack portion in 2004) Matson Hill

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 28, 2004]
fireboy
Weekend Warrior

I rode here with a group from Peoria, guided by one of the GORC gang... The only complaint I have with this trail is:...there isn't enough of it!! Hogsback is a switchy, long blast!! Donkey Kong and the other loop, up in that end of the park, are just plain FUN!! GORC is doing excellent (smithers) work here....keep it up!!!!

Customer Service

Go ride Donkey Kong and then come back down and ride Hogsback...then head to Mattson for a cool down ride and call it a great day...then the route to the nearest Chevy's for margaritas and tex mex food!!!

Similar Products Used:

Chubb Mattson Greensfelder (I hear...haven't ridden it..YET)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 14, 2004]
Cabin Fever
Cross Country Rider

This is probably the best set of trails to be constructed in the St. Louis area in a long time. It has much to offer the seasoned rider - much of which is foreign to Missouri, such as exposure/ledges, and some killer vistas. At the risk of making wild claims, I'd almost say that it feels like a little bit of Colorado was transplanted right next to the Missouri River here. The only drawback to the trails is the length, or lack thereof. However, if you find yourself wanting some more mileage, just pop onto the katy trail, and spin your way down to Matson Hill. If you're not familiar with the park, i'd suggest going with someone who is, because you may have trouble finding the Powerline/Strip Mine/DonkeyKong loops. Hogsback trail is tons of fun, with off camber ledges and super tight switchbacks to keep your attention. The longest of all the loops. PowerLine/Strip Mine/Donkey Kong loops are on the other side of the park, and are splendidly technical! I still dab at least once or twice on Strip Mine. These three loops are just so much fun! make sure that you do them all both ways after finishing Donkey Kong. Some people have mentioned excessive sand - it isn't really an issue, there are only like 2 short spots that are of any mention. Bottom line, MAJOR kudos to GORC and St. Charles Parks Dept for putting together a killer mountain bike playground! The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 flamin' peppers is the short mileage. RIDE IT NOW

Customer Service

Hogsback - counter clockwise Powerline/Strip Mine - both directions Donkey Kong - clockwise

Similar Products Used:

Matson Hill, Lost Valley, Quail Ridge

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 12, 2004]
itsboz
Weekend Warrior

This is definitely one to ride. If nothing else use it to test your riding abilities. The GORC gang did a great job making the trails look like they'd been around for many, many years. However, don't let that fool you into thinking the rides are easy. On the Hogsback trail if you ride it counter-clockwise (take the very short paved trail behind the conference center and veer left at the top) you'll be treated with a very fast but VERY NARROW descent into some tremendously tight switchbacks. Yes, gang, there is even a double switchback for your riding enjoyment. The Powerline, Strip Mine, and Donkey Kong loops will test your abilities, but nothing extremely technical. The rule of the day is ride within your limits. If you take it easy for the first time through most of the trails, I think you'll be quite happy. The only downside of the whole park are the patches of sand. You will definitely need to perform a little bike maintenance after riding here.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 07, 2004]
el diablo gato
Cross Country Rider

To sum up, very impressive and challenging. The 2 "upper" loops (strip mine & donkeykong) will be quite the test for all but the best riders out there. Here's a tip: on the last obstacle on the DK loop, a downhill steep rockface, DO NOT try to traverse the face to cut the angle of descent. The sand that seems to be everywhere at klondike has been ground down to fine dust on the rock face and your wheel will slide like its on a shuffleboard table (which is bad, this thing is steep & solid rock). Only way down is a controlled rear wheel skid straight down the obstacle. Aerobically, some extended climbing but well mixed with flats and downhills. I had to give a 5 if for nothing else than the outstanding job GORC did in building an innovative and well designed trail. great job guys!

Customer Service

Powerline Trail is sorta tough to find. print the map from the stlbiking.com website and bring along as it will save some possible frustration in getting started. Once on the DK loop, be alert as the first of the 2 big drops looks deceptively innocent from the approach. both obatcles are near the end of the loop but as the loop itself is somewhat short you'll reach them rather quickly.

Similar Products Used:

can't beat Lost Valley for a quick 1 hour ride without worries.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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