Clear Bay (aka Lake Thunderbird) - Trail, Norman, Oklahoma

Clear Bay (aka Lake Thunderbird) - Trail, Norman, Oklahoma

DESCRIPTION

Easy to ride trail suitable for beginners. Singletrack trails through wooded area (plenty of shade). Three looping trails make your ride anyware from 1.5-4.5 miles. Beware the sand!!

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 03, 2013]
jjballew
Cross Country Rider

I have never seen DirtyBird in such terrible shape. This was my home trail when I lived in Norman. It had been a while since I'd ridden it last. I rode it last week and I was really disappointed in the condition the trail is in. The trail is very eroded, especially on the hills in the gold section. This made some of the climbs and descents challenging and fun but some are becoming unrideable. There were a ton of downed trees that need to be cut. There are no ride-arounds on several of them. Much of the trail is obscured by tall weeds. The omnipresent sand is not a huge problem but erosion is making the sand pits deeper. Some of the wooden bridges, ladders, etc... are in terrible shape. They are missing boards and have nail heads sticking up. They have become an actual hazard. What happened? This used to be one of the best trails in central Oklahoma. It looks like its been abandoned for some time. This is kind of sad. Someone needs to rally a crew to spruce it up. Surely there are enough riders in Norman to make it happen.

Similar Products Used:

Lake Murray

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 07, 2013]
jstanley
Weekend Warrior

Forget the elevation climb/decend, sand is what will kill you, and the confusing unmarked trail after mile 7 on the Gold Loop which will have you giong in circles. Gold trail is overgrown in any places with deadfall and untrimmed trees overhanging the trail in many places, lots of washed out climbs and drops with roots where the trail needs to be rerouted or maintenanced. Did I mention sand? Gold trail is rideable, but make sure your ready for 10 miles and some poorly maintained trail. Too tired to try the rest of the trails but loose sand seemed to be the order of the day, even after a light rain the night before.
P.S. get over the above and there ARE some cool features, suggest waiting till winter season and some good rains to ride.

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Stanley Draper is a great really fun ride but not much to challenge an experience mountain biker.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 11, 2011]
cigar_fiend
Cross Country Rider

This series of trails gets slightly redone from time to time. As of this spring (I just rode it this past weekend: 4-10-2011) there is more sand than I have ever seen on this trail. I did almost the entire 18 miles with a few exceptions. My riding partner was on a heavier bike and needed the rest. This is a great set of trails for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced. I know there is not very much, if anything, we can do about the sand...it just seems to be getting worse.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 04, 2010]
climbbikeskione
Racer

I have been here in town for 2 wks for business and I have sampled Draper, Arcadia, and I was glad I saved the best for last. This trail has it all. I did not get to ride Bluff Creek but in my opinion this was the best of the three I rode. Draper was second but lacked challenges. I will agree with previous reviews, there are a lot of tight switchbacks, sometimes when not needed...but looking at the lay of land this can work towards the advantage of the trail system. As a trail builder myself I saw different lines that might work better but sometimes a trail has to find its own flow...I think this will happen here over time as long as the trail organizers keep updating it. The Gold loop is fun but slow if you are used to raging & seeing how fast you can go. The added steep "board walks" were unique but I was expecting more drops. I had a lot of fun out there but my main critique is the signage...very confusing...not a bad thing if you know the trail but I've ridden a lot of trails in my day and this was one I almost felt lost in. Overall Props to the guys from OEF! great trail!

Customer Service

Do it all, there is so much variety and this why this trail system is so good

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 10, 2009]
david_satx
Weekend Warrior

Did this trail yesterday. Definately the best IMO around the Oklahoma City area. Have done Bluff Creek and NuDraper, but ClearBay takes the cake; worth the drive to Norman if you are in OKC. Gold loop is fun and more technical than Red Loop at Draper. Not very crowded as the other local trails either and I went on a Saturday.

Customer Service

All of it

Similar Products Used:

NuDraper or Bluff Creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 03, 2009]
russ3706
Weekend Warrior

There have been many changes since 2006 which is when the last review was posted. I used to feel the same way about the flow as the last person posted, but it has changed to be much more fun these days. The sand is down to a minimum now which helps. There are a lot more man made features, such as a log ride(thats do-able without getting seriously hurt if you fail, unlike the one at Draper), teeter, bridges etc. Though Draper has a few sections with a little better flow, its much better than Draper in my opinion, mostly due to the Gold Loop. The Gold loop has a new section of drops and bridges that adds a LOT to the trails, its a lot of fun! Has a great flow to it, and pushes you to ride it faster each time! If you start at the main lot and ride it all, its around 18 miles, but there are outs so you dont have to do that much at once.

Customer Service

Definatly the Gold Loop. If you go out here, its a must to really see what its all about. Lots of technical and challenging spots, but you can bypass or walk past all of them... If you start at the main lot and ride all of the loops out here, its around 18 miles, but there are outs so you dont have to do that much at once. If you want to only ride the Gold, drive a mile further east on Hwy 9 to the other park entrance, and the trailhead directly to Gold is just on the left.

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Draper is great, but this is more fun in my opinion.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 03, 2009]
triumphrider
Cross Country Rider

I figured this trail needed a newer review. It's had a lot of work done to it since 2005. Total length is now over 18 miles. This trail has everything. The further in you go the more difficult it gets (and sometimes less groomed). Beginners should try out the first two sections (colors) of trail. Intermediate riders will love the blue loop. Don't try to ride the whole thing unless you have plenty of time and daylight (or lights). If you want to skip the easy stuff, take the double track to the east of the parking lot, past the gate and watch for the blue section trailhead on the right. Some of the newer sections of trail are not on the posted maps so you can get lost fairly easily. Go with a local if possible. Some of the new stuff is awesome. Thank you BLN and/or OEF!
Cautions: In the warmer months the ticks are really bad. Repellant is a must! Poison Ivy can also be a pain.

Customer Service

Blue route and Gold route. Look for the expert sections if you dare!

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New Draper is good. But drive to Turkey Mountain in Tulsa for a real challenge.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 01, 2007]
Rutledge
Cross Country Rider

In my humble opinion this is the best trail in Oklahoma. The details are way wrong, though. The total mileage of Clear Bay is over 17 miles. It is very technical and a good balance of fast sections and climbs that test your stamina.

Customer Service

Unless you have the time skip the yellow and green sections and take the doubletrack through the gate east of the trailhead to the blue section on the left about 1/6th of a mile. This will allow you to ride the gold and the blue sections (most difficult). Don't miss the "Advanced" section of the Gold and the "expert" section of the blue (new). Have fun and take some off in the warmer months!

Similar Products Used:

Draper and Bluff Creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 02, 2007]
seth
Weekend Warrior

I think the thunderbird trail is great for practicing uphill climbs and endurance. Goldloop is a lot of fun loaded with endless uphills you learn to love.All of the trail is about 17 miles now including all loops. The only bad thing about the trail is that if you don't pay close attention it's easy to get lost.

Customer Service

Hi-way 9 east on the left just a few miles out of norman.

Similar Products Used:

Lake stanley draper trail in OKC

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 14, 2006]
fourpointthree
Downhiller

This is a trail of wasted opportunity. Though it is a fun place, it has no flow to it! There are switch backs thrown in just for the sake of? As soon as you get going fast, there is a s/b. I like the sand because it is good challenge to corner in. As i ride this place i am constantly seeing new lines for new trails that would add some REAL technical difficulty to this place. Some man made stunts taking advantage of terrain features would be a big +, overall though, not to bad of place. Posting a review here makes me label myself as a specific type of rider. I ride it all!

Customer Service

Jumping off the side of table rock

Similar Products Used:

Drraperrr

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
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