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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +467/423 ft
Total: 159 riders
 

Mountain Biking Turkey Mountain

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#10 of 63 mountain bike trails in Oklahoma
#2389 in the world

Turkey Mountain offers something for everybody from beginner to very technical trails. Very enjoyable!

First added by searsandrewj on May 4, 2020. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Take 71st St to Elwood (first stoplight west of Arkansas river) Turn North - drive for a bit and you will see the parking lot.
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Turkey Mountain - Tulsa, OK
 
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Q: Coming to visit for the weekend - would you recommend a full suspension or hard tail bike for this trail? Also, is it marked well enough for a first time rider to this trail?
A: Full suspension for sure

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  • John Fisch
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    Shockingly good trails for being in an urban area in Oklahoma. There are nice cruising trails as well as some serious gnar and technical challenge. Yellow Trail and Hi Chi are the more rugged trails with some extended rock gardens, but the real gnar lies in some of the short connectors between these trails, some of which are rideable only by the most skilled and confident.

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  • Casey Shepherd
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    I've seen a lot of complaining about these trails lately. In spite of that I decided to give them a try. I'm from NW OKC and it's my first time to Turkey Mountain. First off, the facilities are top notch. Lots of nice covered areas, nice bathrooms and beautiful landscaping. The trails them selves were nice. I knew they were rocky because I did my homework and didn't expect to be flying around. Also it can be a bit hard to follow the trails but for the most part I saw markers where trails split. A good rule here is if you're not sure, take the wider trail. The smaller off shoots usually either come back to the main trail eventually or turn off to a scenic detour. I kept the map pulled up on my phone along with my Strava app and had no problems staying on the right trail. However I did not do the pink trail today so I can't speak for that one. To those complaining, Tulsa's bike trails, both on and off road are fantastic compared to what OKC offers. They may not be the fastest trails but they'll make you a better technical rider for sure.

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  • David Kaser
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    Turkey MountainTulsa: Went to ride beginner trails today 7/22/2018, Construction equipment in area, and trails seem to be closed looking from parking area. Trails are not marked with color or signs that I seen. Did not have GPS, and ended up on sawtooth. Rocks on trail should be boulders on trails due to the height they stick out of the ground, 1" to around 15", ( not for beginner)and these are not the rounded ones you can ride over, no, they are like boxes. Needed equipment to ride these trails: knee pads, bike helmet with chin guard, elbow pads, gps trail guide, are a must have ! Make sure you have a friend with you due to the possibility of injury on some of these trails. Will be exploring these trails more to see if I can find trails more for the beginner.

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  • Jason W. Royal
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    These trails suck- if these are the only trails in the entire area why have any hike/bike sections? practically zero flow, but lots of unrideable sections from washout and wear, add in dozens of unofficial trails and you have a complete custler f of a trail system. I almost wish it wasnt even in this town- at least then this town coundlt pretend that this is some adequate outdoor space. lets be clear, tulsa gives a big middle finger to the outdoors and to cyclist, this trail always them to say" what about turkey mountain' when ever the subject comes up.

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  • Beaker83
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    I'm a beginner and It was my first time at turkey mountain. I had a blast. The terrain was varied and exciting. Something for everyone from beginners to experienced riders. There are some extremely rocky sections and depending on which trail you are on, you may meet hikers regularly. If you stay at the top back sections it is not too frequently that it ruins the ride.

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  • JesseTU

    The lower pink trail is a short loop off the southern parking lot, exactly as you described. Fun for a run or two, but I get the disappointment. The rest of the lower area is better for hiking. Most of the solid single track is up the hill from the lower lot (park in the upper/north lot). I don't think it will blow you away, but it is worth a ride. If you find yourself in town again, you'll find you missed out.

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  • JesseTU
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    I live in Tulsa and ride these trails all the time. There are amazing trails with flow, there are very technical trails, and there are trails that are well past my skill level (intentionally or due to erosion/downed trees). Since it is a sandstone "mountain" expect there to be plenty of rocks, stretches strewn with boulders, a few sandy patches, and tons of post oaks. Don't expect the best mountain biking ever, but its worth a ride. I suspect many of the negative reviews are a result of people being unable to find the rides they wanted.

    Generally start at the north parking lot (top of the hill). If you don't know the trails and are looking to avoid technical riding, it would be best to go with someone who knows a route that is right for you. I wouldn't discourage anyone from riding without a guide, but expect some minor inconveniences like hike a bike or doubling back to find the ride you wanted. OR - you will almost always find some other riders in the lots or on the trails, most would be happy to have someone tag along. Once you get back in there, you can go a while between seeing other people even if the trail head seems busy (that's a good thing in my book).

    While a plan is in the works, most of the trails are not very well marked at this time. You could certainly get turned around, but it would be hard to get too lost given the available land marks (and that the trails are surrounded by roads, a large creek, and a river). If you find yourself in the Tulsa area, go for a ride. If you don't have a bike with you, you can rent one within riding distance of Turkey Mountain.

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  • 100% Carbonhead
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    I was passing through town and decided to stop for a couple hours to give this trail a shot. I ran into Cannondale Dundee in the parking lot (I think he posts here?) He offer to show me around and I took him up on the offer. We hit the trails on the south side and it was a blast. They had a good flow with some steep downhills and moderate climbs. There are hikers on the trails but they are mostly very accommodating. I don't put out the wattage of Dundee or shred as hard but he was cordial and waited for me at the cross roads. I'm pretty sure I only scratched the surface in my 3 hours so plan for a full day. Also look for Dundee, he drives a Prius and always carries two bikes. He's a little eccentric but a great guy to ride with.

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  • cdelp
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    This is a great network system of trails anywhere from beginner, to advance. I highly recommend you find someone who knows the trails and can show you around. The marked trails are mainly for hikers, unless you're an expert at biking up boulders, but there are a lot of unmarked trails that are fast single track, or more technical rock gardens. If you don't know where you are going, it's easy to get confused, but you are by a river and a highway, so you can't get lost very easily. Some of the unmarked trails do have names, such as Snake, The Old Washing Machine, Rock Garden, etc, but they have no signs on the actual trail, which can make it confusing unless you have a guide.

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  • captainjackal
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    In town visiting in-laws...glad I brought the bike! No previous knowledge of the system, TH maps were pretty faded so I tried following blazes, which worked for the most part but there are millions of off-shoots going to...? Maybe the coolest drop ever? Who knows! Got FOMO real bad, but was rewarded nonetheless. Awesome shelf rock and hard clay banks. Great place to work on technical skills/not realize you're accidentally following a creek bed. Took a headset to the groin but will be back soon!

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  • MTBCrash29
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    Great trail! Very busy on the weekend. Lots of foot traffic. once on the long trail, foot traffic thins. Several options for "off the main trail" riding. I was not familiar with them so I stayed to the main trail. Great obstacles, lots of rocks and very fun technical opportunities. Good trail for a Bike Bell if you are here on the weekend. I managed to find some pretty steep very technical rock descents that really worked me over. Very Fun. I look forward to returning, not on the weekend, and with enough time to explore all the "inner trails" that network between and around the main trail. From the trailhead, there are some opportunities for a free ride trail jump area. Head away form the main trails and go to the RED trails and look for ramps, drops, bridges and other great technical obstacles. There is a "pump track" on the map, but I didn't find it. Yellow is highly traveled and wide, with a great potential for skills development. Blue is a bit tighter. I really enjoyed this trail, I am sure there are times the weather wreaks havoc on the trail and requires TLC. This is a big City park and looks like it is funded and maintained. Not as Gnarly as Medicine Park, If you can ride this trail, you are ready to attempt Medicine Park. MP (near Lawton/Ft. Sill, OK) is a much more technical and gruesome trail.

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  • Sboehm

    Have ridden this trail twice and did not like it either time. The last time I rode it, several trees were down and it was obvious that it was in need of some TLC.

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  • bigfoot
    *****

    Really enjoyed the trail from all for tracks and very overgrown end on the blue track

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  • Walterman
    *****

    Great trails. Kinda confusing as to what the best routes are being new to mountain biking and not knowing the trails very well. Lots of areas that require good technique. Took me a handful of trips to get where I could run the loops with confidence and without stopping/walking the bike.

    Also seems the pump/flow track has been shut off. Not sure why.

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  • Abraham Contreras
    *****

    Absolutely the best trail system in Oklahoma. 50 miles. Very diverse trails from beginner to advanced difficulty. Super knarly rock gardens and fast and flowy single tracks. If you can ride these trails, you can ride anywhere. Since its in the middle of the city it is accessible from anywhere in town by bike.

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  • AH MTB
    *****

    Great place to go and ride trails. Some tough areas for sure but is still rideable in areas by beginners.

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  • Hyrum1959
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    Awesome trails for an experienced rider, but terribly marked. I would not recommend a beginner try these without a guide. There are some unexpected, very gnarly areas. How about adding some "YOU ARE HERE" signs? I ended up carrying my bike to the road, to get out.

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  • JBX
    *****

    Awesome trails!
    Lots of rocks with roots through in for good measure. Can be very technical with the rocks. Truly is a urban wilderness, they done Great job connecting the access trails to MTB trails.

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  • Jlsemple
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    We rode here for the first time a few weeks ago. Lots of rocks! Lots of people walking the trails on the weekend. It is not well marked so you can spend some time trying to meander your way out. I had to finally ask another biker which way was the parking lot! Better marking and some "out" signs would be great.

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