Roman Nose State Park - Trail, Watonga, Oklahoma

Roman Nose State Park - Trail, Watonga, Oklahoma

DESCRIPTION

Single track with lots of climbing (short and steep), fast flowing sections, technical downhill sections. Short loop of 3 miles through the valley to the lake, up the rockgarden (very rocky climb) onto the bluffs. Very good view of the lake on top of the bluff. Turn onto steep straight hill, downhill, more bluff riding. Steep technical downhill, fast section to valley, up out of the valley, up 'Shanes hill' to the fastest downhill to small bluff to trailhead. Longer loop starts around the lake of the dam to the rockgarden, I would say 5 or so miles.

Can be ridden in both directions, both flow real well. Some steep climbs are too steep for most people, some downhills too rocky with too much endo factor. When dry these trails are awesome, when wet don't even think about riding them. The mud is thick and sticks to everything. The bluff sections dry up real good, the valley however doesn't.

Best thing after riding is the burger and fries at the general store. Good caping spots, poor facilities. Watonga doesn't have a bike store, it is 1.5 hours NW from OKC in the middle of nowhere. Best thing to do is to camp out and do some night and day riding. No current map of trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 22, 2013]
Joel kardokus
Weekend Warrior

I am a beginner rider weight about 220. The trail was pretty growed up and at times it was difficult to tell where the trail was. I would say its too advanced for a beginner rider. I did enjoy the trail and would recommend to anyone in the area. Just be prepared. Where protective equipment. Some parts of the trail had been washed out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 17, 2013]
Doug Mitchell
Weekend Warrior

As others have stated, this trail has a handful of rock gardens that I wasn't able to climb. But for the most part the trail does flow well going in and out of cedar groves and cacti. It can be a bit confusing which way to go at time since there seemed to be only one map posted in between the two lakes.

All in all I had a great day and enjoyed the view from Inspiration Point.

Customer Service

I went counter-clockwise starting in-between the lakes.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 22, 2012]
bsdc
Cross Country Rider

This trail is hilly and not too technical, except for a few spots that are real steep and will force most to walk. It's not a good place for beginner riders. I think most intermediate/advanced riders will be a little disappointed. I did, however, really enjoy the camping, and the meals at the lodge. There seems to be a real nice hotel with swimming in the Summer. I saw a lot of fishermen at the lake. This doesn't seem like a mountain biking destination to me, but if you are there to enjoy other activities, bring your bike and give it a go.

Customer Service

I don't know that any particular route is ideal. Just go exploring and make sure you make it to Inspiration Point.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 22, 2009]
PCPMTBER
Cross Country Rider

Rode the trail the day of the canceled Broken Nose 50 race Sept 19, 2009. It's a shame the race was canceled because the trail had a lot of work done had been done to mow the upper terraces of the trail. The onset of rain really didn't effect the course too bad, like I thought it was going to be. This is still on of my favorite places to ride in Oklahoma. The trail's flow is the best in Oklahoma. Good climbing and fast descents - with a mix of desert and tree top canopy trail riding. Who could ask for more?

Customer Service

Clockwise from the General Store to the boat ramp camping area, then to Inperation Point and beyond.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 04, 2008]
Shark
Weekend Warrior

I can't believe there's no new reviews, trail was in great shape when we rode it a couple weeks ago. Fun, rocky, watch out for some small cactus' close to the trail. We make sure to get our "work route" get us into this area just for the ride.

Similar Products Used:

Not in same area, but Ardmore is another fun technical trail that is a "must ride" if you're heading south on I-35 towards texas.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 08, 2006]
James Perry
Cross Country Rider

Roman Nose had a great year in 2006 and the 8-hour race, beat the trail into excellent shape.
I think this is my fav trail to ride in OK, it is so different from the others with the canyon views and the gypsum up on top- great flow and climbs that will challenge any rider.
2007 will bring two races out to RN and a 50 mile marathon race- solo and two man teams.
the OEF is working on 200' reroute early winter.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 13, 2005]
dauwalt
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

All.

Similar Products Used:

12 Miles of Hell

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 15, 2004]
Ldopa
Cross Country Rider

Pretty fun trail, rocky in some spots, tons of small cactus so ride Slime or tubeless. You lose cell reception @ 20 minutes to the park From I-40, however I have seen people successfully use them on the tops of the small hills within the park. Nice resturaunt open 9-8 everyday during camping season with resort at the trailhead by the tennis court (first right at the pro golf shop when entering park). Very quite place to camp and facilities are clean the majority of the time. The actual trail is about 1.5 hrs w/o stoping. The bottom of the trail (Lakeshore loop) stays pretty wet most of the time being a few yards from the small lake. Bring spare parts if you plan on camping and riding it a couple of times no shop within an hour, at least.

Customer Service

Exit 101 (281) or 108 (281 Spur), depending on direction your coming from stay on 281 until you hit Watonga. Go straight or north 281 turns into HWY 8 then make a right on 8-A you'll see a small park sign. to get to the trailhead make the first right after passing the Romannose sign right at th golf pro shop that road will take you to the resort (ok to park in) trailhead is by the tennins court.

Similar Products Used:

None yet in the immediate area

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 04, 2003]
billyj7175
Weekend Warrior

Best mt biking you're going to find in that area. I grew up less than 5 miles away from this trail, and knowing that area as a kid, there's not a spot there in that area that I haven't hiked, hunted or fished. I'm really stoked to finally see some good trails. Keep up the good work OEF! (gotta say hi to my bro'n-law Bob!) Pre-ride Advice: Keep your eyes open for poison ivy, and rattlesnakes. Post-ride Advice: Get the brisket or ribs at the Gen store....mmmmmm-good stuff.

Similar Products Used:

None inside a hour drive...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 31, 2003]
Randy
Weekend Warrior

OEF has put in lots of hours doing some great reroutes make the trail more rideable. They are having a 24 hour race their Sept 20-21. 24 Up the Nose. The trail should be in great shape. www.okearthbike.com for trail conditions and race link.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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