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Lake Mcmurtry

Average Rating:    (4.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Fun little trail for weekend riding. Lots of rocks to climb over. Tight turns in some places. Muddy in low spots. Watch for cows
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Latitude
36.17224835899679
Longitude
-97.16514587402344
Trail Directions
Take HWY 51 till sign to Lake Mcmurtry. Follow road North till road ends. Take a left on East-West road till you get to Mcmurty entrance. Follow curvy road till you see sign to ranger station. Trail Head across from ranger station.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Stillwater
   


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Review Date
September 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtnbikeadam ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
rode the orange trail for the first time, sweet 95% single track with tight turns quick down and up hills some with multiple turns mixed in. not super technical but plenty for the mid level guy like me. its been dry lately and theres some sand in spots toward the trail head. very well maintained trail, looks like they just trimmed it. talk to the guys at district bikes for current trail conditions.

Recommended Route:
its a loop follow the sings

Other recommended trails in the same area:
eagle view trail from osage cove in ponca city



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Review Date
May 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Gururyan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
$6 for a day pass, $40'ish for annual and you get 4 great trails of single track all averaging 7.5 miles. There are two on the east side of the lake, Yellow (NE) and Red (SE). On the west side of the lake are, Orange (NW) and Blue (SW). A helmet is required and there are no facilities once you are on the trails. I bike these trails several times a week, every week. I don't bump into other riders very often, rarely in fact. I do run into an occasional runner or two which often of an unleashed dog in tow. I have only had one dog problem and it was when I happened upon a mother with 3 small children...and one very protective, unleashed dog.

Recommended Route:
I'd say the east trails are by for the most popular, although I couldn't explain why. Maybe it's closest to town? I find the Red and Blue trails to be the easiest of the four. Red is definitely fun and there are plenty of "cheats" if you want to shorten your ride by clipping some of the many trail loops off. This trail is 100% directional single track. The Yellow trail has some technical, steep, rocky areas and overall just not that fun or interesting to me. I ride this one the least. It has the most pedestrians as well. This one is has several two-way sections so be careful of other riders.

On the west side, you have Blue and Orange, and this seems to be much less popular for bikers...good for me. Fishermen and hunters are seen more on this side of the lake. The Blue trail is ok, winds you around several deep creek beds and is mostly shaded which is nice. Nothing too technical here other than more two-way traffic trails than can prove hairy when dealing with other riders. The Orange trail is my favorite and usual ride. The whole trail is one direction with the exception for short section on the back, final loop. And...looks like I have exceeded my length.



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Review Date
February 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Frank ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As mentioned by others, four loops. Rode them all and the roads between for the organized Chili Ride. Generally I would say that the trails are intermediate friendly. The southeast trail would be beginner friendly. Start with the southeast trail if you are unsure of your ability.
Lots of short, sometimes steep climbs but many right after a downhill so you can carry speed. Some rocks, but not a lot of them in general. Not a super fast trail if not familiar, mostly because of tight turns with loose soil in many turns. Trails are very twisty-turney so you will scrub off speed frequently.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For rocks, Turkey Mountain or Keystone. For swoopy fast, Womble. If you like this trail system, you will like Leatherwood in Arkansas.



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Review Date
October 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jtyler05si ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have only rode the two trails on the east side.

The Southeast is definitely my favorite. It is very fast with a good amount of winding through the woods, fast straightaways, and mild to moderate technicals. There is one ~18 inch drop. It has always been very clean and mowed.

The Northeast is more difficult than the SE trail. There is more scenery than SE since it is closer to the water. There are also a lot more rocks, a few creek beds, and a couple drops (one of which is quite large). Very cool trail. Doesn't seem to be up-kept as well as SE.

Recommended Route:
The only route is the one ahead of you. It is well marked and easy to follow.



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Review Date
May 9, 2010

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: Qu!mby ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode the two east side trails and I have to say they were among the funnest trails I've ridden to date. Very well marked, well ridden and the park itself was nice. The Northeast trail was mostly fast hardpack with quite a lot of nice technical, rocky areas. Nothing too gnarly, but definitely some stuff out there to make you a little nervous. The Southeast trail was super fast, had more than a few drops and some really rooty and fast descents. Overall, the two that we rode were great and I can't wait to ride em again!

Recommended Route:
Follow the arrows. The routes are well marked with arrows showing you which direction to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Turkey Mountain, Keystone, NW Arkansas (Leatherwood, Slaughterpen, Hobbs)



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