Lake McMurtry West Side Trails (Orange)

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Lake McMurtry West Side Trails (Orange) is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stillwater, Oklahoma that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Four trails are available to choose from. Each trail is between 6 and 7.5 miles long.

8 months ago

Saw 3 armadillas and at least 1 deer. Not hugely scenic but by no means ugly. The nearby gun range keeps it from being very peaceful though.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Great trail love that it had many branches to go on

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Be advised about ticks. Probably pulled about 50 off my dog after walking the 8.0 mile loop today. Other than that the trail is nice and well marked. Not particularly scenic.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Nice woodsy walk with some good views of the lake. There are some tall grassy areas so good idea for you and the canines to be well protected against ticks.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We did a trail run out here for the first time. Absolutely beautiful and has something for every skill level. The trail is well marked and the path is well worn.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Well marked, very clean trail. I love it and have done the trail several times.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Always have a great time riding this trail!

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

There are actually several trails at Lake McMurtry. This particular trail is the "Red" trail. There is also the yellow trail, the blue trail and the orange trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nice trails through woods and meadows. Wildlife can often be seen. This particular trip we saw a deer, 2 armadillos, numerous lizards, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, only 1 tick, and 0 snakes. Still has some wildflowers which would most likely be plentiful earlier in the season.
It is a shared trail with mountain bikes but, the few we came across (4 or 5) were very courteous & friendly and the trail is in great shape for hiking.

trail running
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Easy to moderate trail run.

mountain biking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great place to mountain bike. Some technical spots. Spent the afternoon kayaking

hiking
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Hiked blue trail. Easy and pretty! Watch out for fast moving bicycles!!!

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

We love it out here at Lake McMurtry! Great trails, great people, and lots to do. We usually stick to hiking the trails here. Just completed The Orange Trail today. Despite the noise from the nearby gun range we spotted a rabbit, and a deer deep into the hike. Wasn't fast enough to get photos of them though. Was a great hike, and will hit The Blue Trail soon. We've done the Yellow and Red Trails over on the east side previously. Those are great trails too!

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

This is a fun quick excursion an hour or so away from OKC. I'd classify it as a day trip location for people who are new to hiking. The camping is pretty typical, and OSU students frequent the location making it less than quiet. There is a solid primitive campsite with fantastic tree coverage, great access to the river, grassy knolls, and plenty of space for a (very) large group.

mountain biking
Monday, November 24, 2014

Great trail just a little over an hour from OKC. If you can ride the chili-bike festival in February its worth the trip. The trail covers both sides of the lake, has a good mix of singletrack/fire road, buts it is mostly ST. Lots of good climbs and descents.

It gets overrun in parts during the summer. Weeds, ticks, etc. But its still worth the trip.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 03, 2014

I rode the east side orange and blue trails in a day and was completely exhausted. Overall they are pretty enjoyable, but not a lot of technical areas for biking. The orange trail was confusing on the way back and needs to be better marked. My biggest issue was the tall grass (shoulder high in some areas), so be prepared for ticks. Overall the trails feel they are designed as a good middle ground for hiking and biking. I look forward to doing the west side later, and I hear it's better for mountain biking. One of the employees mentioned they are working on getting them all connected eventually.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 19, 2014

great trails love the red trail I highly recommend it.

hiking
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Not very enjoyable with all the sticks and branches covering the path way and almost poking your eye out a few times. The scenery is beautiful and the caves along the blue trail are nice looking also.

Monday, April 14, 2014

These are by far the best trails in Stillwater. The trails are not maintained as well as some would like, but they are always runable. What they lack in technical running they make up for in length. You have 2 trails on either side of the lake meaning you can connect trails for longer runs.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

We rode the blue and orange trails on the west side and the trails were overgrown and there were multiple downed trees. And not the kind of downed trees you can ride around. They say that their volunteer group hasn't been out to maintain them yet but they were coming out that day. Advice: stay on the east side or avoid altogether unless the ranger says they've been maintained recently.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2011

There are four trails at the lake. Two on the west side and two on the east. We did the two on the east, and the yellow was a beast, probably the toughest this amateur rider has ever tackled. Some very steep, rocky climbs. I had to get off my bike close to a half-dozen times. Once we linked up with the red trail, that was a little easier. Trails are fairly well marked, but we did get a little lost in the red. All in all, a very challenging and enjoyable ride. Looking forward to hitting the trails on the west side.

mountain biking
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Awesome mountain biking as far as Oklahoma goes! Long trails ranging from easy to difficult. I had to carry my bike a few times just because parts of the trail were way to vertical. My favorite trails in oklahoma. And if you need to cool off just jump in the lake!

hiking
Monday, November 01, 2010

I did the yellow trail. It is an easy hike with a few steep areas. The trail is marked with arrows telling you where to go and mile markers along the way. Mainly a mountain biking trail so it is narrow. Lots of spider webs crossing the trail so pick up a stick to knock them down. Good for a quick hike.

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