Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System

Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System Lake Thunderbird State Park
1201 Clear Bay Ave
Norman, OK 73026

Phone: 405-360-3572
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The Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System, located on the south side of Lake Thunderbird in Norman, offers 18.5 miles of hiking trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels. Each of the five trails is interconnecting, and they can also be hiked on their own as a loop. Beginners are best suited to the 1.5 mile Green Loop and the 1 mile Yellow Loop, while intermediate hikers will be comfortable on the 1.25 mile Red Loop and 4.75 mile Blue Loop. The Gold Loop, which consists of 10 miles of switchbacks, should be left to expert-level hikers only.

From Highway 9, turn into the ...

The Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System, located on the south side of Lake Thunderbird in Norman, offers 18.5 miles of hiking trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels. Each of the five trails is interconnecting, and they can also be hiked on their own as a loop. Beginners are best suited to the 1.5 mile Green Loop and the 1 mile Yellow Loop, while intermediate hikers will be comfortable on the 1.25 mile Red Loop and 4.75 mile Blue Loop. The Gold Loop, which consists of 10 miles of switchbacks, should be left to expert-level hikers only.

From Highway 9, turn into the Clear Bay area and immediately turn right. Park here and enter the trail on the Green Loop. This trail is well-marked by green posts and can be hiked in a counterclockwise direction or combined with the adjoining Yellow Loop to create a 2.5 mile trek. Outdoor adventurers looking to reach the red or blue hiking trails should begin at the trailhead and follow the green trail until it meets up with the yellow trail. Turn right onto the Yellow Loop and continue north for less than half a mile to the Red Loop. Visitors hiking the Red Loop can complete it in 1.25 miles or remain on it just long enough to meet up with the Blue Loop.

Expert level hikers looking for a challenge on the Gold Loop should enter from Thunderbird Dam Road, just one mile northeast of the Clear Bay entrance on Highway 9. The trailhead for the Gold Loop is located on the left side of the road. This trail is especially tricky and includes several bypasses, a bridge, a rock drop and dozens of switchbacks.

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From Abravegirl on 03/08/13

As first-timers, my husband and I enjoyed the trails this afternoon. We started at the stable trail head and traversed the green to yellow to red to blue to gold trails. We found each location well-signed. However, we got lost on the gold trail between miles 6 and 7 just after Crazy Dave's run and the Roller Coaster. The trail patterns run close together and we were easily turned around. We had already been out 3.5 hours and feared not finding our way out before dark. Thankfully, a passing cyclist provided directions and we made it back to our car. Maps in the park and on the Internet show the different trails in clear color. However, few show actual mileage. I thought the total mileage was only 12. In actuality, the passing cyclist told us the Gold Loop alone is 10 miles. We would never close the loop back to our car by sundown. Be sure you know your planned distance before setting out and getting astray as we did. Otherwise, an enjoyable day. We drove down from Tulsa specifically to engage in this hike.


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