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Level: Expert
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: -
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lake Tom Steed

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#35 of 64 mountain bike trails in Oklahoma
#10,692 in the world

100% Single track in a figure-eight loop with a two-way crossing separating the east and west sections. The trail is almost all narrow, rocky, technical terrain with a few hike-a-bike sections on the more difficult rock faces. Estimate an hour and change. VERY technical rocky sections throughout course. Do the East loop for a tryout. It's still very difficult, but not quite as technical as the rest of the course. You can access this in the parking area that you first see as you enter the park (up the dirt road a few hundred feet and take a left around the Pine tree).

First added by dauw on Aug 27, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 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
Highway 183 from either the north (I-40 at Clinton) or the south (Highway 62 between Lawton and Altus). Just a couple of miles north of Snyder there is a large wooden sign (pic below looking South) clearly visible on the west side of 183 for Lake Steed & Great Plains State Park.
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Q: Is it worth the drive from Dodge City to ride it?
A: It is worth a two or three hour drive. I would recommend camping at the location. It is a pretty tough trail, well maintained. I try not to drive out more than a couple hours for any trail without the ability to camp. This trail will work you hard.

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  • Mark Edward Richardson
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    great technical trail but bring a GPS unless you plan to get lost in the middle of a cacti field, that was me today. like the other reviews said it doesn't have very good markings and it's pretty easy to get lost.

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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter
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    This trail system is a wonderful ride! State operated and maintained. The campgrounds and lake offer a great place to stay. It is adrive out to the location but will offer you some excellent trail riding. Challenging climbs and rewarding descents. Some areas are impossible to cross without carrying your bike but the terrain is well worth the challenge and ride. Summer is a killer time to ride, so bring water, but you can reward yourself with a great swim in the lake.

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  • utilityguy1
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    Tom Steed is an advanced trail. It has claimed flesh, blood, carbon and composite as a right of passage. In many places the trail is only identified by markers on the granite rock. I said GRANITE. This is not your soft, Colorado rock. This is rock hard as diamonds with a surface that makes 80 grit sandpaper jealous. The kind of rock that teaches you about the consequence of failure. The park is an undiscovered gem in Oklahoma. Camping, restrooms, and other facilities are available. I hear this trail is great for running, which is fortunate because it is difficult to ride. Drop your air pressure, put on your PPE and get ready for some real skill-building when you tackle this trail. Cacti is abundant where the rock is not, so plan accordingly. Awesome views and bloodshed are guaranteed. If it sounds too tough, you probably don't have the attitude to enjoy this type of XC.

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  • ***

    Trail lines and climbs/decents arent too bad, but there are so many rocks! If you are not a seasoned rider with a FS, skip this ride. Or spend a lot of time falling or hiking. Nice area though.

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  • tkobyluk
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    If you're a pro, this place may not be so bad. As a beginner/intermediate rider I found this trail to be extremely technical. It seems to be better suited for hiking. I rode the gold trail and pushed my bike 50% of the time. The view from gold trail mountain, overlooking the lake, is amazing.

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  • patjshaz
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    1. not in Lugert...

    great ride. no long hills but some pretty technical stuff. had to get off and hike a little. clipless was a bad idea; i fell into some cacti.* Review edited 4/5/2010

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