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It was just over freezing with some drizzle today in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Not exactly ideal riding weather, but I have often said that if I didn't have to work I would ride all the time. Well today I didn't have to work, so I figured I better go ride. I was the lone car in the parking lot. 11 miles of fun with my bike and my buddy, Maxwell the German Shepherd. My camera ran out of batteries half way through, so no pics there. I will try to get those later, because the best trails are in the back sections. For those of you, who are new to Tulsa and Turkey Mountain. Turkey is five miles from downtown Tulsa and has over 20 miles of trails - mostly unposted back trails with some man made features and lots of diversity in riding style. Everything from smooth single track to full face helmet downhill drops.

Southeast View from the parking lot.

Southeast view from Turkey Mtn Lot

East view from the parking lot up the ridge.

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Climb up from the lot with bridge at the end

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Contour Riding on the east Ridge - Yellow trail. River to the right - 200 feet below.

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Narrow slot - nice feature.

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View to the east. Bike path below and river and east bank in background. River is 180 feet below or so.

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More Contour riding along eastern side (Yellow Trail).

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Powerline view to the North. This powerline / fire road extends North to South for about 2 miles and flows up and down. Some nice features and good climbs. This is actually a nice technical drop. You can't tell with the angle. Dog is in background for scale. He is only 30 feet away but probably 30 feet down.

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Same drop from before but from mid point and below. Bike added for scale.

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Powerline trail North Terminus. Downtown Tulsa in background. Trails lead south, west, and east from here. Today, we went West.

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View South of Powerline trail. This powerline divides the riverparks land to the east (yellow, blue, and red trails) and the YMCA / back trails that are bordered by the pepsi plant to the north, I-75 to the west, and 61st to the south. Best riding is on this side.

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Maxwell's ears remind me of the tree formation.

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Self Explanatory....

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Riding along the shale - west of pepsi lake. There are many dry creek beds that meander north and south along this side. In summer they can fill up with water when it rains heavily.

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More creek beds and a nice little drop down.

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The creek beds have lots of shelves that lend themselves to free ride hucks and what not.

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Shale riding - Okie slick rock...

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This is the source of the creek. You actually ride up from below this pond. When it rains, it overflows over the natural levy and fills the creek bed. Kind of weird to approach this from below and see water at head level. Notice the ice in the foreground and on the water. Brrrrrr....

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Random man made drop. This trail goes from south to north and has a series of drops like this. Ending in a 4 foot natural huck off of a huge granite boulder. I was riding the east/west trail that bisects the drop trail.

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I love Arkansas riding. In fact if the weather holds, I am headed down for a camping night and 2 days riding on the womble and ouachita this weekend. I am thinking that the float camps will be desolate and the trails will be vacant. 50% chance rain on friday. 60% chance rain on saturday. c;mon christmas miracle....
 

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Ridden Syllamo yet? If not, I just posted a few pics from my last trip there a couple of months back. I wished that I had taken some better ones, but to be honest, I was sort of suffering from wanderlust and forgot to take as many as I would like. :p
 

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Have to ask, is the snappin turtle that big???? Please post a picture of that sucker if you have one.

I live about an hour south of Tulsa. Until I seen your pictures I didn't think we had any good trails in Oklahoma. We have been going to AR. three times a week when the weather allows.

Thanks for the pictures, now I have a reason to go to Tulsa besides the Bass Pro Shop. My wife might go with me now and even let me have take my wallet along....lol
 

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Yea, I have to admit I was pleased w/ Turkey Mt. I was out there a few months ago and rode over at Keystone and Turkey Mt. Have to admit, it was better that I imagined. I think I've got a couple threads of the rides posted over in the regional boards. If I'm ever in the area again, I'll bring my bike.

Question though; are those the only two areas within an hour to an hour and a half of Tulsa?

Though I did almost spit my drink out when I saw the sign in a trailer park that said "Lease to Own" :thumbsup: That's Jeff Foxworthy material!
 

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You might want to check out Lake McMurtry, or the Osage Hills.Both close to Tulsa. A little further away you have Tom Steed and Roman Nose. Then theres Greenleaf, currently closed for hunting, but a pretty hardcore trail. Thers actually some pretty good riding in OK, just not as much as some other places.
 

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Wow, thanks for the memories. I lived in OK for 2 years and rode all the trails mentioned in this thread. Got out to AK a couple times and did the Womble which is in my top 10 favorite rides.

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thanks for sharing.
 

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Your dog is freakin' awesome. Can't beat the GSD.

Trails look better than what I recall from Tulsa. I've moto'd at the Zink Ranch, where the rocks are nasty.
Good luck.
 

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Nice post, Clay. The picture of downtown makes me sad because I was there, in my office, while you were riding. It was my last day of work for the year, so it's all good. We are pretty fortunate to have some nice trails right in the middle of town. Post up some more pics when you have them!
 

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great looking trail man... reminds me a lot of mine here in FL... except our utter lack of rocks/boulders :)... but the dirt/singletrack with the overcast sky and the power lines are all spot on :) don't have a big turtle... but i've been told we have some wild pigs/boars running around :)
 
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