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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +444/394 ft
Total: 52 riders
 

Mountain Biking Roman Nose State Park

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#12 of 63 mountain bike trails in Oklahoma
#2910 in the world

Ride up the hill behind the gate, trail curves around to the dam, then the fun begins. Short climbs, a few technical/rocky sections, some steep descents and downhill turns. You will find it hard to believe you're in Oklahoma. Lots of cactus, bring spare tubes and tweezers. If your tires leave the trail, they will go flat.

Do not ride in the mud. This mud is evil. This stuff sticks like crazy glue and will clog up everything on your bike, and you will walk out carrying a 60 pound glob of mud and metal.

First added by searsandrewj on Apr 30, 2020. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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Find Roman Nose State Park (South of Fairview, North of Watonga) Follow signage to the lakes/general store. Trailheads between the lakes by the general store, or follow the road past all the camping to the swingsets and you'll see the trail go up a gravely hill on the other side of a closed gate. (Carry your bike over, and don't hit it coming down.)
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  • Zomby Woof
    ****

    Really liked these trails. Mostly flowy with a great mix of short punchy climbs/descents that make it interesting. There are some decent elevation changes for this area but no long, sustained climbs.

    Lots of rocks and some challenging climbs along with some impossible areas that are the main reason I can only give it 4 stars. I'm no expert rider but not a beginner either and there are just too many hike a bike spots for my taste. I'm not talking about places where I picked the wrong line or that caught me by surprise or where stronger riders would be able to clean. Those spots have me wanting to go back and try again. There a several places that very few, if any riders would be able to negotiate and for me it was a bit annoying to have to stop, hike and start again. That may not be a problem for others but it was for me. Maybe it will be less an issue once I have ridden it a few times and am able to stay on my bike in places that don't seem impossible.

    Signage is pretty good but definitely recommend grabbing a trail map at the trailhead by the general store, not the most detailed but very helpful for your first time or two.

    On my visit there we didn't see any other bikers but did meet several hikers and horses are allowed in some places.

    Other than the hike a bike spots I liked the trails and plan on going back. I do wish there were more trails especially since it's a 1.5 hour drive from OKC but there are enough features to session and practice to make it worth the trip. Beginners might want to avoid what is called the switchback loop, it has the most challenging climbs and obstacles. Also, cactus everywhere so come prepared with patch kit, tubes etc. We had one tire with a inch long spike that sealant would not cure.

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  • Kasie
    ****

    With all the recent rain, it was coin toss between St. Crispin's or heading out west and ride Roman Nose. Expecting dryer conditions I headed to Roman Nose. Tons of folks out today trying to escape the craziness of recent times, but in a nutshell it was a good ride. As for the trails, I agree with a lot of the other posts. Nice trails, but in need of some maintenance. Lots of challenging climbs and descents with a fair amount of singletrack in between. I did have some issues following the trail lines at times due to the overgrowth, but it didn't spoil the day. In summation, this place is worth checking out and I will be back.

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  • Casey Shepherd
    ****

    Nice trail system here but I've seen it marked as beginner or intermediate but I'd have to say it's more difficult than that. There are a lot of climbs up steep rocky portions that will test the most experienced riders. Lots of cactus right off the trail, I pity the person who takes a spill in the wrong part of the trail.

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  • Lance G
    **

    Very disappointed in this trail. Used to be a great ride, however most of the trail is overgrown and has not been maintained. There are deep ruts making climbs extremely difficult in places. I hope it gets worked on.

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  • GregInSticks
    ****

    Is a great trail normally, however due to more rain than usual is overgrown in August (whoever thought things would be green in Aug?). It is overgrown enough to make following the trail in sections very difficult. The trail itself is in good conditions, you just can't see it to follow!
    The dam is still out, so you have to circle inspiration point and come back to the middle. So, basically, I ride it in a figure 8. Makes for a nice, strenuous ride!

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  • Pablo Merol
    *****

    Nobody rides this trails, don't even talk about maintenance... trail is a blast when it's not overgrown... very slow when it's overgrown since all the grass, plants and roots get in your tires and drive train; easy to break a derailleur. Good downhill sections! Eveytime I come to work in Oklahoma I stop and ride here, is a bummer because most of the time is not well taken care of. Need to get a day off and come do some mowing myself...

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  • PepperSprout
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    since have heard that the dam is out have not heard of a report on this trail:(
    this is a OEF classic

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  • Adam James Landa
    ****

    Trailhead is right by general store, near the mini golf.

    Noob rider! Had a lot of fun did a lot more walking up the grades and down them. Some areas were extremely fun to coast down. Others had rock gardens and extremely tight turns. Great views, park staff were nice. Didn't have any trouble with the cactus or spines. But they are abundant! Bring extra tubes!

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  • JonathanB
    *****

    Just got back from my third time here. There are multiple trails here with really easy sections, and short difficult sections for beginners like myself. Longish, steep climbs do exist, and there are some fun, narrow, and bumpy downhill sections that I've tumbled on before. I wouldn't ride wet as I had to spray the nasty fat clay out of the crevices of my bike.

    There are quite a few good views to be had, just mind the cactus inches from the trail's edge. There are rocks, clay, and deep, narrow trails in some areas.

    A really cool series of trails that has some difficult areas for experienced riders, and some challenging sections for beginners.

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  • MTBCrash29
    ****

    Great Trail for the experienced mountain biker! There are only a few options for the beginner and family, but this is really a skilled mountain biker trail. Lots of great riding on this trail, markings are fair with some signs giving distance and direction and various intersections, map from the visitor center is paper and falls apart when riding so download the topo map from this web site...so pay your fee and join! There are some great views, wicked climbs and great descent sections with a few areas to jump or drop. There is a significant amount of Cactus are very close to the trail for most of the trail so be careful. Flats if you run tubes are almost a given. I had to pull off my shoes and socks to pull barbs out of my toes when I rubbed a cactus with the top of my foot. So keep a knife, tweezers and some tape handy in the bag.

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  • birry
    *****

    I finally made it out to Roman Nose, and had a blast. Not quite as difficult as St. Crispin's, but more difficult than Bluff Creek. Its a really fun ride for me at my current ability level.

    Lots of medium length climbs, loose rocks, hard packed dirt, solid rock, roots - its got it all. People were NOT lying when they said stay on the trail. The cactus nearly brushes your feet on both sides at times. Pay attention, and you'll be fine. We rode the trail about 1.5 times and came away with no flats, so its not that bad.

    Overall, I don't think this trail is good for first time riders, but its do-able for someone who is just past the beginner stage. Some of the views are pretty cool, too. I'm definitely going back soon!

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  • Jlsemple
    ****

    We rode yesterday. The trail was damp but very rideable. A little muddy in the low lying areas. It's a good trail with nice views. Unfortunately you have to pay attention to the trail, not the view, or you might run over cactus and ruin your ride! There are a few hike a bike sections but it's a fun, kinda short ride. On nice weekends, like yesterday, there will be lots of hikers!

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  • utilityguy1
    ****

    Hard to believe there are not more reviews on this trail. Excellent trail when dry. Do not even think about riding if it has rained recently. Mud is like peanut butter/super glue. Perfect combination of climbs and flowy sections. If you are not running tubeless with sealant, pay particular attention to staying on the trail or you will be fixing flats. There are a couple technical drops, a couple hard climbs, and lots of awesome scenery. This trail is part of the tour de dirt series in Oklahoma and is worth a special trip. Lodging and camping in the park. Park at the "general store" and ride the pavement past the campgrounds all the way til it ends at a pipe gate. Climb the hill to the trail start. You can also start near the General Store. Check Strava for route info if in doubt. Have fun!

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  • Tinstar
    *****

    Roman Nose is a great, flowing single track with lots of open, easy track on the south side. It also has several huge, flowing springs in a very unique environment! There are some steep, tough sections but they are not very long. Cactus everywhere so make sure you have slime in you're tires.

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  • dauw
    ****

    Good singletrack with some technical areas in canyon/mesa terrain. Mostly open, but some parts wooded. Not too big of climbs, but some will still get your heart rate up. Watch out for cactus-bring tubes and slime. All loops have something a little different. Trail was maintained and not overgrown like many other OK trails in summer. Good views of the lake. Trail signs could use some work.

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