Tom Steed Reservoir - TRAIL

Tom Steed Reservoir - Trail, Snyder, Oklahoma

Just rode this today, it is all beautiful singletrack. Beware of large boulders, creek beds, slippery slabs, and ten foot vertical drops. No stop to the action. And if you can make it up some of those hills, you are world class. Like a condensed version of 12 miles of hell (both in the wichita mountains)

User Reviews (19)

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chickenburgerin3d   Cross Country Rider [Nov 15, 2012]

this trail was my home course for the first two years of mountain bike riding. what a great way to start. it is an all mountain course so it is a great way to work on track stands, handling, technical climbing and some real technical downhill.

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4
VALUE
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3
Fisherider   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2011]

Awesome and hard. I think it was all expert level from the start. Greatly enjoyed all the rocks.

Customer Service

East parking lot and work the south loop. Bring lots of water in the Oklahoma summer.

Similar Products Used: Mt. Scott Fire break
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5
VALUE
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4
Hamlin   Weekend Warrior [Feb 23, 2011]

Had always heard how sketchy this trail could be and how tough it was to ride. Rode it on 2-19-11 for the first time. For sure it was the most technical ride I have ever been on in oklahoma. It was rocky, some pretty stout climbs, nothing to steep or sustained. Flashes of both both never to terribly bad. There are really only a couple of places where hipe a bike is absolutely mandatory. Snakes are already out in Feb so I imagine it gets worse in the summer. It kind of reminds me of Troy Built (minus the elevation and the view) near Fruita, Co.
Oh, a beefy bike is the way to go here, beef, with stiff suspension, and short chainstays for hucking. Leave the Carbon Fiber at home! I rode my El Guapo, a bit heavy but a perfect choice!

Customer Service

Counter clockwise was good, but so was clockwise. Ride it both ways, you can't go wrong.

Similar Products Used: Ardmore (Lake Murray)
Hills of Hell Lawton is not what it used to be, the military rec dept got involved and dicked it all up.
Not much else close to it.
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4
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3
pat shanks   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2010]

Great Trail. Some ridiculous parts. Hadn't ridden in a while, so clipless was a bad idea; i fell into a cactus. all single-track. pretty well marked. oh, and it's Tom Steed not Tom Sneed.

Customer Service

Park at the first spot. It comes pretty quick after you enter the park.

Similar Products Used: 12 Miles of Hell is great too. Tom Steed has better scenery though.
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5
VALUE
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4
Shark   Weekend Warrior [Oct 05, 2008]

Figured it was time to get a fresh review going for this trail. I think they took down the "wooden sign" at the second entrance, all we saw (after driving too far past) was a blue information sign on the main road, follow the road into the park & we found a trailhead near the baitshop, right behind the bathrooms.

What others have said is quite accurate, there are rocks, & alot of them! My friend I was riding with rode more than I did, but it'll definitely make you a better rider.

There's a ton of sharp stuff out here!
I finished pulling 22 (that's not a typo) sharp thistle like things out of my tires from the ride this afternoon. At least 6 of them went all the way into the tire, but the Stan's sealed it up.
My friend had tubes & we ended up fixing 2 flats, & the 3rd was losing air on the way back to the truck....
so bring lots of tubes, patches, or make sure to have fresh Stan's in your tires.

Customer Service

Trailhead near bait shop seemed good.

Similar Products Used: Ardmore
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jonas Delnegros   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2004]

Technical. I have a new appreciation of this term after riding this trail. Difficult to keep momentum through many of the ascents due to all the rocks. At times seems more like a semi-bikeable hiking trail . Broke my chain (twice). Portaged a little but it was all well worth it. Some pretty cool creek crossings and brisk descents. A refreshing dose of danger. This trail forces you to hone your skills or suffer of which I did both. Watch out for cacti.

Customer Service

the yellow and white trails as posted on the signs at the 3 different trail entrances.

Similar Products Used: 12 Miles of hell, Fort Sill OK Bar H, Nocona TX
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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Mac183   Weekend Warrior [Jan 15, 2004]

I like this trail, has just about everything. Climbs, drops, rocks, and downhill. The trail has been very well marked and has weedeated completely. Just needs more riders to use it. It is one of the better trails in SW Oklahoma but not well used or busy. You can ride it without seeing anyone.

Customer Service

From US62 north on 183 to through Snyder, through Mountain Park. Look for the second sign for Great Plains Park. Has 3 starts, the best is at behind the water tank.

Similar Products Used: The new trail at Medicine Park, just east of Mt. Scott. Minnow Ranch and the 12 Miles at Fort Sill.
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5
VALUE
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3
Ryan   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2003]

The almighty Steed is not at all what I expected. I've been riding since March and consider myself about an intermediate level rider and this trail beat the crap out of me. It's beyond me how people actually race this trail. I now hold those who do in the highest possible respects. It's a good distance at around 8 miles. It is well marked and of it is ridable if you can keep your crank arms, pedals, shoes, derailers, quick releases, chainstays, fork, handlebars, arms and legs from grabbing rocks and slinging you into a cactus. The rest of it is hike-n-bike unless you're a superhero. All together this trail will make you a better rider...but it will make your language horrible. Watch out for cacti and hiking Boy Scouts. To prepare for this trail, scatter a bunch of cinder blocks in your driveway and ride through and over them. Rescatter, rest and repeat. I'm giving Steed five peppers for showing me how much practice I still need.

Customer Service

For beginners I don't recommend it at all. For the rest of you find a place where the trail comes out at the road...then follow the arrows.

Similar Products Used: I hear 12 miles of hell is good.
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5
VALUE
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5
Ryan   Cross Country Rider [Oct 24, 2003]

This trail will put you in your place. I've only been riding for six months or so and thought I could handle the almighty Steed. I probably managed to ride maybe two thirds of it but had to hike-n-bike the rest of the way. I wasn't aware that Oklahoma had that much rock concentrated in one area. I didn't break anything but somehow managed to loosen up both of my crank arms and I have never felt my SID flex like it did that day. I honestly didn't like my first experience with Tom Steed...but I'm not going to penalize the trail because I suck. Five chili's to the almight Steed for kicking my butt.

Customer Service

Fall...get back up...fall...get back up...indo...get back up...fall...get back up...fall...break your chain...fix it...get back up...indo...get back up...fall...get back up...get a flat from cactus...fall...change tube...get back up...

Similar Products Used: I've heard 12 miles of hell is fun...
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Ryan Belleau   Downhiller [Sep 24, 2003]

By far one of my favorite trails. I love fast and extreme downhills but for a slow trail I love this place! Lot's of technical stuff to ride, actually about 90% technical but if you've got some skills you can ride just about anything on this trail. I got 1st place last fall riding the Tom Steed race and I owe it all to knowing the trail so if you plan to race you definately need to get some practice out there! This trail is around 8 miles and definately worth driving too.

Customer Service

Go 25 minutes west from Lawton to Snyder, then 10 minutes north to the park which is on the left of the highway.

Similar Products Used: 12 miles of hell, medicine park
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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