SportyPal Track from Creve Coeur Lake to St Charles
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On Sunday afternoon, I went for a bike ride beginning at Creve Coeur Lake, going across the Katy Trail Connector and the Page Extension Bridge, then taking the Katy Trail towards Saint Charles, MO. Along the way, I took a detour to Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area. Then I continued to the beginning of the Katy Trail in Saint Charles, MO. In total, I rode about 20 miles roundtrip. The SportyPal track is missing the first 4 or so miles of my ride as my Windows Mobile 6.5 phone crashed. I cannot wait to get rid of WM 6.5 and move to the iPhone or Nexus One once they are available on Verizon's network. Below a few maps and photos from each segment of the trip will be presented.
Creve Coeur Lake
Creve Coeur Lake is the largest park in the St. Louis County Park System, at a little over 2000 acres in size. The park has picnicking, athletic fields, a golf course, and trails. Creve Couer Lake also has a connector to the Katy Trail that takes you across the Page Extension Bridge. There is fishing and non-gasoline powered boating in Creve Couer Lake. According to the legend, the lake was created by the tears of an Indian girl whose lover had died. Her "tears" are the Dripping Springs Waterfall. Visit the official website here.
Creve Coeur Lake Map
Creve Coeur Lake
Dripping Springs Waterfall
Sunset Mallard Lake
Katy Trail State Park
The Katy Trail State Park is one of the longest rail to trail projects in the United States at 225 miles long. The trail is built on the former right of way for the Kansas and Texas Railroads along the Missouri River. The trail begins at Saint Charles and ends at Clinton. Generally speaking the trail is flat and has its lowest elevation near Saint Charles and its highest near Clinton, but the climb is gradual about 1 foot or so every mile going West. The trail is a lot of fun.
Map of the Katy Trail
Katy Trail Entrance from Connector Trail
Page Extension Bridge in the Background
Example of the Katy Trails Pug Limestone Trail
Bangert Wildlife Area
Along the Katy Trail just before entering Saint Charles is the Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area. This wildlife area is an island in the Missouri River. Bangert Island is a fun place to ride with some interesting views. On this ride, a skunk came out and walked right past me. I think this is one of the few times I have seen a skunk in the daylight. See below for some photos and maps of Bangert Island.
From the website:
Bangert Island Map
Bangert Island Entrance Off of the Katy Trail
Stream on Bangert Island
Missouri River from Bangert Island
Example of the Trail on Bangert Island
Skunk (Black Thing Near Photo Center) on Bangert Island
A Video from YouTube of Cycling on Bangert Island
Part of the Katy Trail State Park
Boat House and Lewis and Clark Exhibit
Trailhead Brewery in Saint Charles