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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +864/854 ft
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking Kaintuck Trail

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#89 of 165 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#6,127 in the world

Recommend taking this trail clockwise but either way you'll get a cardiovascular workout. The trail is mostly singletrack but there is a mix of doubletrack and fireroads. Trail is shared with horse and hikers but I've never seen anyone out there the three times I've ridden it. There is evidence of horse of course and it adds to the cardio. The uphills are technical and tiring and the downhills are technical due to the rocks but very ridable. Not recommended for beginners at all though. It might just turn them off to riding. There are a network of trails if you don't want to spend hours riding the outer loops you can always bail on a shortcut to the trailhead. Lots of creek crossings. The water feels so good on a hot summer day. Great place to stop and cool off for a bit.

First added by searsandrewj on Jun 27, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Newburg take Y Hwy south for approximately 6.5 miles to RD 1576 (Kaintuck Rd) and take right on left side of the road there are a couple of trail heads that are marked. The trail head I used is about 3.5 Miles from the intersection on left. From Saint Robert take I-44 to St Louis get off interstate at Exit 169 and take Hwy J south for 1 mile then left onto State Route P for 2.8 miles to State Route AA. Right onto AA and follow for 1.5 miles and take right onto Rd. 7550. Follow 7550 for 1.5 miles and take right onto Kaintuck Rd. Trail head is .5 miles on right. Or continue on Kaintuck and find the other trailheads on right.
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  • stevewp

    We ride this trail yesterday. The trail head is hard to find and it did not end where we started. We were lost for about 1.5 hours trying to get back to cars. So this is not a loop. I would recommend a good gps. There are very few people In the area so that does not help. Also there is little to no cell coverage so that will not help you. I would consider this and out and back and not a loop trail.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Many years ago my wife and I rode this trail on our way back from a trip. We didn't like it. There was too much erosion and horse traffic. I decided to give it another try a few days ago. Guess what? It hasn't seemed to change any. Kaintuck is a classic equestrian trail in my opinion. It is poorly layed out with many fall line ascents/descents that have troughed out over the years. These steep parts of the trail usually sport softball to bowling ball sized loose rocks rolling about. The trail in between these eroded sections is often doubletrack, to accommodate side by side horseback riding or four wheelers. Many parts are overgrown or have deadfall blocking the path because little maintenance is done. On the section I rode signage was scarce, and I often wondered where I was. Hell, I had trouble just finding a trailhead!

    When I first started mountain biking back in the late '80s equestrian trails were the only game in town. We were just happy to be on our bikes and riding in the woods. But these days there are numerous primo trails available for mountain biking that give riders a satisfying experience. We don't have to settle for these wastelands anymore. Don't bother with Kaintuck unless you're looking for a strenuous, frustrating experience that day.

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  • oldskool_XC

    Just rode this trail yesterday. It is a fun network, but highly overgrown. Anybody else out there riding this trail? Would be willing to organize some trail maintenance if anyone is interested.

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  • mtnspectre

    Although I think I am the only person to be on this trail in a long time, the evidence of horses having been on the trail is all over the place. Ground up trail in muddy areas which makes for hard riding. Lots of sandy areas and good hard rides up. Be prepared to spend some time out here if you plan on riding the entire network. There are some great spots to stop and catch your breath and recover. The downhill sections are technical due to the rock gardens. There is probably over 20 miles of trail out here.

    * Review edited 6/27/2009

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