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 ...

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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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