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Probably the most challenging of the 4 trails at McMurtry.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Singletrack

1,033' 315 m

High

957' 292 m

Low

149' 45 m

Up

150' 46 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Horses not permitted on trails, but welcomed at neighboring Lake Carl Blackwell.

Description

Often considered the most challenging of the four trails at McMurtry, the NE Yellow trail can be a bit frustrating at times for the casual rider. Roughly half the trail is 2-way so you'll need to be aware of oncoming traffic.

The first mile is often frequented by hikers, fishermen, disc golfers, etc., so please be mindful and use trail etiquette in giving them the right of way.

Once you make it roughly a mile in, you'll turn back west and hit a long, dry creek bed with rocks and old tires to test your basic skills. When you hit the northern straightaway with the barbed wire fence to your right, be mindful of a large, steep rock drop. You could do some damage if you hit it unsuspectingly. There is an easy route running to the left that will get you down safely.

At approximately 3 miles, you'll pop out at the northernmost point and the trail makes a hard left. Sometimes this is easy to miss. Just remember when you hit the 2nd clearing if the trail seems to disappear then stop you overshot the U-turn.

At 3.5 miles, you'll hit another steep, rock drop followed by a tough climb where you may have to hike-a-bike for a short bit. This northern end of the trail after the U-turn is the toughest section and can wear on you physically and mentally. Not to worry, it doesn't stay tough for long and still provides a fun, scenic challenge.

On the return trip, pay attention to the directional signs as there are sections that are not 2-way traffic. Roughly 5.75 miles in, you'll enter an unusual section of cane/grass. It's neat to note, as this stuff was around when dinosaurs roamed.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Stillwater

Shared By:

Ryan Souders

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Photos

Showing off on the Yellow Trail climb!
Feb 23, 2016 near Stillwater, OK
Section along lake on yellow lower trail.
Aug 24, 2022 near Stillwater, OK
A unique section on the NE Yellow Trail at Lake McMurtry in Stillwater, OK. These plants were around with dinosaurs roamed.
May 19, 2014 near Stillwater, OK

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Mar 4, 2024
Darrell Mendiola
Jun 6, 2021
Raul Tanguma
Great trail Mostly dry with one or two puddles 6.8mi — 1h 02m
Aug 18, 2020
J Mer
A lot of downed trees. One came at the end of a flow section and bit me. Put me on the ground. Still could not clean some of those rocky climbs. 7.2mi — 1h 04m
Oct 13, 2017
Colby Eads
Feb 20, 2017
John Jackson
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