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Roman Nose State Park

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Single track with lots of climbing (short and steep), fast flowing sections, technical downhill sections. Short loop of 3 miles through the valley to the lake, up the rockgarden (very rocky climb) onto the bluffs. Very good view of the lake on top of the bluff. Turn onto steep straight hill, downhill, more bluff riding. Steep technical downhill, fast section to valley, up out of the valley, up 'Shanes hill' to the fastest downhill to small bluff to trailhead. Longer loop starts around the lake of the dam to the rockgarden, I would say 5 or so miles.

Can be ridden in both directions, both flow real well. Some steep climbs are too steep for most people, some downhills too rocky with too much endo factor. When dry these trails are awesome, when wet don't even think about riding them. The mud is thick and sticks to everything. The bluff sections dry up real good, the valley however doesn't.

Best thing after riding is the burger and fries at the general store. Good caping spots, poor facilities. Watonga doesn't have a bike store, it is 1.5 hours NW from OKC in the middle of nowhere. Best thing to do is to camp out and do some night and day riding. No current map of trails.
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Latitude
35.93937817138183
Longitude
-98.42473268508911
Trail Directions
Watonga is 1.5 hours NW from OKC, several ways to get there. Once in Watonga turn North at trafic lights to Roman Nose State Park. Inside park keep on main road until intersection down a hill, go up hill towards stables and lake, pass the horse-stables. Park at the General Store near lake. Double track near parking lot marks the start of the trails.
Trail Length
3-6 miles for a standard loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Watonga
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Review Date
September 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Joel kardokus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am a beginner rider weight about 220. The trail was pretty growed up and at times it was difficult to tell where the trail was. I would say its too advanced for a beginner rider. I did enjoy the trail and would recommend to anyone in the area. Just be prepared. Where protective equipment. Some parts of the trail had been washed out.



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Review Date
March 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Doug Mitchell ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As others have stated, this trail has a handful of rock gardens that I wasn't able to climb. But for the most part the trail does flow well going in and out of cedar groves and cacti. It can be a bit confusing which way to go at time since there seemed to be only one map posted in between the two lakes.

All in all I had a great day and enjoyed the view from Inspiration Point.

Recommended Route:
I went counter-clockwise starting in-between the lakes.



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Review Date
November 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is hilly and not too technical, except for a few spots that are real steep and will force most to walk. It's not a good place for beginner riders. I think most intermediate/advanced riders will be a little disappointed. I did, however, really enjoy the camping, and the meals at the lodge. There seems to be a real nice hotel with swimming in the Summer. I saw a lot of fishermen at the lake. This doesn't seem like a mountain biking destination to me, but if you are there to enjoy other activities, bring your bike and give it a go.

Recommended Route:
I don't know that any particular route is ideal. Just go exploring and make sure you make it to Inspiration Point.



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Review Date
September 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: PCPMTBER ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode the trail the day of the canceled Broken Nose 50 race Sept 19, 2009. It's a shame the race was canceled because the trail had a lot of work done had been done to mow the upper terraces of the trail. The onset of rain really didn't effect the course too bad, like I thought it was going to be. This is still on of my favorite places to ride in Oklahoma. The trail's flow is the best in Oklahoma. Good climbing and fast descents - with a mix of desert and tree top canopy trail riding. Who could ask for more?

Recommended Route:
Clockwise from the General Store to the boat ramp camping area, then to Inperation Point and beyond.



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Review Date
October 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Shark ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I can't believe there's no new reviews, trail was in great shape when we rode it a couple weeks ago. Fun, rocky, watch out for some small cactus' close to the trail. We make sure to get our "work route" get us into this area just for the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not in same area, but Ardmore is another fun technical trail that is a "must ride" if you're heading south on I-35 towards texas.



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