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Clear Bay (aka Lake Thunderbird)

Average Rating:    (4.05 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 39

Easy to ride trail suitable for beginners. Singletrack trails through wooded area (plenty of shade). Three looping trails make your ride anyware from 1.5-4.5 miles. Beware the sand!!
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Latitude
35.212526705302054
Longitude
-97.24617004394531
Trail Directions
Head east on Highway 9 from 1-35. The park is on the north side of the highway. There is a big sign that says
Trail Length
4.5 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Norman
   


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Review Date
October 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: jjballew ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have never seen DirtyBird in such terrible shape. This was my home trail when I lived in Norman. It had been a while since I'd ridden it last. I rode it last week and I was really disappointed in the condition the trail is in. The trail is very eroded, especially on the hills in the gold section. This made some of the climbs and descents challenging and fun but some are becoming unrideable. There were a ton of downed trees that need to be cut. There are no ride-arounds on several of them. Much of the trail is obscured by tall weeds. The omnipresent sand is not a huge problem but erosion is making the sand pits deeper. Some of the wooden bridges, ladders, etc... are in terrible shape. They are missing boards and have nail heads sticking up. They have become an actual hazard. What happened? This used to be one of the best trails in central Oklahoma. It looks like its been abandoned for some time. This is kind of sad. Someone needs to rally a crew to spruce it up. Surely there are enough riders in Norman to make it happen.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Murray



Comments
gobylvr (11/08/2013)
There was alot of flooding there this year and it caused alot of damage. It has just taken awhile due to there being about 19 miles of trail to go over and the damage to the structures to fix.
jjballew (04/05/2014)
Ridden it twice this spring. The trail is in great shape again. Thanks for all your hard work. I'm sure the Central OK weather wreaks havoc on a trail with so much loose soil.
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Review Date
July 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jstanley ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Forget the elevation climb/decend, sand is what will kill you, and the confusing unmarked trail after mile 7 on the Gold Loop which will have you giong in circles. Gold trail is overgrown in any places with deadfall and untrimmed trees overhanging the trail in many places, lots of washed out climbs and drops with roots where the trail needs to be rerouted or maintenanced. Did I mention sand? Gold trail is rideable, but make sure your ready for 10 miles and some poorly maintained trail. Too tired to try the rest of the trails but loose sand seemed to be the order of the day, even after a light rain the night before.
P.S. get over the above and there ARE some cool features, suggest waiting till winter season and some good rains to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stanley Draper is a great really fun ride but not much to challenge an experience mountain biker.



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Review Date
April 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cigar_fiend ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This series of trails gets slightly redone from time to time. As of this spring (I just rode it this past weekend: 4-10-2011) there is more sand than I have ever seen on this trail. I did almost the entire 18 miles with a few exceptions. My riding partner was on a heavier bike and needed the rest. This is a great set of trails for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced. I know there is not very much, if anything, we can do about the sand...it just seems to be getting worse.



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Review Date
March 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: climbbikeskione ,  Racer

Summary:
I have been here in town for 2 wks for business and I have sampled Draper, Arcadia, and I was glad I saved the best for last. This trail has it all. I did not get to ride Bluff Creek but in my opinion this was the best of the three I rode. Draper was second but lacked challenges. I will agree with previous reviews, there are a lot of tight switchbacks, sometimes when not needed...but looking at the lay of land this can work towards the advantage of the trail system. As a trail builder myself I saw different lines that might work better but sometimes a trail has to find its own flow...I think this will happen here over time as long as the trail organizers keep updating it. The Gold loop is fun but slow if you are used to raging & seeing how fast you can go. The added steep "board walks" were unique but I was expecting more drops. I had a lot of fun out there but my main critique is the signage...very confusing...not a bad thing if you know the trail but I've ridden a lot of trails in my day and this was one I almost felt lost in. Overall Props to the guys from OEF! great trail!

Recommended Route:
Do it all, there is so much variety and this why this trail system is so good



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Review Date
May 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: david_satx ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Did this trail yesterday. Definately the best IMO around the Oklahoma City area. Have done Bluff Creek and NuDraper, but ClearBay takes the cake; worth the drive to Norman if you are in OKC. Gold loop is fun and more technical than Red Loop at Draper. Not very crowded as the other local trails either and I went on a Saturday.

Recommended Route:
All of it

Other recommended trails in the same area:
NuDraper or Bluff Creek



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