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Old 05-02-11, 09:45 AM
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Oklahoma City Trails (and surrounding)

Is there anyone here from Oklahoma City (or surrounding) that could get me a link to all the trails in OKC (or surrounding)? I already went to the city's webpage and went to their parks and trails link and it's so out dated its unreal! I'm talking like over 3 years outdated. I'm looking for all trails MTN or Bike Path, i have about 4 trails printed out that I keep in the truck so when we go out we just flip through "The Book" and pick a trail coordinating to the type of day it is, but those 4 get boring quick, done them frontwards and backwards and now were looking for new.

Trying to get on the dirt trails but looking for one that isn't complete insane is hard to find.

Any and all help from anyone would be greatly appreciated!

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okearthbike.com

Lists all the trails in Oklahoma (that I know of). Seem to be decent in rating and describing them, but I think they make out Turkey Mountain to be easier than it is (I don't think it's beginner at all). I've only ridden McMurtry in Stillwater (definitely worth a day of riding to check out, where I learned to ride) and Turkey Mountain in Tulsa. Two very different beasts, both definitely worth the trips. McMurtry is exceptionally marked with great flow and scenery (from easiest to hardest: southwest trail, northwest trail, southeast trail (the race trail), northeast trail), but Turkey is a labrynth and much more technical (though great effort is in progress to remedy the former).

Sorry I don't know more about OKC, fill me in if you find something else, I'd like to make a weekend out of it sometime.

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so i looked at the 3d map of turkey mountain... yeah, that'll be a couple years yet b-for this chunk of weight is gone to take on that one!

thanks for the link though! it was great! i print out all the maps of the ones closer so i have them in the truck when we take off to find our trail... these look like alot of fun! headin to Bluff Creek today, take the outter path today and maybe talk the wife into trying the dirt too... :-)

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No problem, glad it helped. I don't blame you on Turkey, and when you do decide to try it, go with someone who has an idea of where they're going. I've spent a lot of time having no idea where I was going.

Try McMurtry. If you're trying to get your wife into riding, I would try the southwest trail, then maybe the northwest. The SW one is the one I took my sister and her friend on for their first MTB ride ever, and it was very doable. Don't get me wrong, it was all they could handle, and more, but not very technical and only a few spots required walking. Great flow and views.

Then again I have no idea what OKC has to offer, so maybe there's some better stuff there. Expect a message at some point in the future for some tips... Take it easy.
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I'm from Norman, so I only really know the two closer trails to here. Lake Draper is a pretty nice trail that's not too challenging, but is pretty long, and very fun. There are fire roads connecting everything, so you can pick and choose which sections you'd like to do. Lake Thunderbird tends to be more sandy, but has some sections that are more advanced. Once you get past the early sections you're kinda stuck following the trail. There are some bailouts, but it doesn't seem like they are much shorter than the actual trail. Actually, I've just looked at the earthbike site, and it looks like they're referring to Thunderbird as Clear Bay. Like I said, these are the two good trails I know of around here, and neither should be a very long drive from OKC. Cheers!
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Bikernator - TAKE IT EASY.... i don't know such a phrase.... lol i got her out to Bluff Creek today, she loved it for about 1/2 then her asthma kicked in and of course she didn't bring it... lol but it was a freakin blast! I Loved It! definately need a new bike though, this one is WAY to heavy and my BB clearance is far from good. I got caught up on a lot of things! next time the front pouch is going on the rear and the water bottle is staying in the truck and the pack is coming with!!

jediphobic - both of those trails i'm hoping to hit up next week. this week i want to try and focus no Bluff Creek. its a lot of fun, smooth going (for a MTB trail) lots of easyness but still some more advanced sections, and its close. once BOTH of us can do the whole 4~ miles, then i'll head to Draper i think.

Thanks a million everyone for all your inputs and pointers, it really is a huge help! Now if I could find someone local that KNOWS bluff creek and knows how to take it easy out there, i'd love to ride with cause it took us a bit to figure it all out, its definitely got its twist and turns

p.s. now i also see the point in a bike helmet... (no, neither of us wear one, no comments, i know i know... lol)
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