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    Medicine Park - Lawton Riders

    I have started building a single-track trail near Med. Park(the unfortunate fires have cleared the terrain temporarily). Granted its not Durango Co., but it does feature challenging elevation changes and it is mostly technical. It is fairly short at the time, yet it could be linked to other established trails nearby making for a good ride. I feel this area has the potential for great mtb. trails, to complement the existing double wide jeep trail offered around base of Mt. Scott. Yes the Scott trail offers a good aerobic work-out, but does not provide "single track euphoria". The key word here is single track.

    So what is my point? I am simply testing the waters, or trying to get a nucleus of support to get a trail or "trails" started on public land surrounding Med. Park and or Lake Lawtonka. Yes I am aware of the S.T. on West side of Lake presently closed for Elmer Fudd and Bambi, could this trail be expanded to circle the Lake? I know Fort Sill's terrain is prime for trails, but I know the U.S. Army will never grant acreage to bike riders. They have a bigger mission, plus a carbon frame would offer no protection for a round from a MLRS. But what about the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge? Could someone please convince Smokey the Bear that a mtn bike trail will not harm the black capped vireos. They like mountain bikers, so would the local economy.

    So now that my "spoiled child" rant is over I want to sum it up. Biking is a quality of life issue for me and I hope others, and I see many acres of unused terrain ripe for mtn. biking, but due to lack of interest from the public, the potential remains only potential. What do we do? Discuss the Lake Lawtonka issue with City of Lawton, perhaps instead of building more trailer house pads, they could spend a little on a healthy bike trail. As for the Wichita Mountains, be present at the next public use forum and voice your opinion. I am not the political type who makes banners and camps on library lawns... just someone who has a passion.
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    It's a start

    Looks like we had a good meeting this morning. Hopefully this is the start to building better trails in our community! So, Sunday begins the change we're hoping for!!

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    Don't leave us hanging like that.
    It's all about the details, please?

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    Sorry JV!! On Sunday, 15 JAN, we're meeting up to ride and review possible trails for the City of Lawton. Meeting at the refugeg, just north of the LETRA parking lot at noon. Not sure how many will be there, but we plan to ride the trails on city property, west of Lake Lawtonka and explore areas for improvement; trying to set up some nice single track that can connect to the refuge double track. Hope to see ya there!!!

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    We had an awsome time,
    and met the best group of people you could ask for.
    Thanks to all involved. Hope to see you all again soon.

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    Sorry: I thought thread was dead.

    Jimmy V.,

    Thanks for your participation. It is ironic that I put that "rant" up approx. 1.5 months before being contacted by our new Lakes and Land Dir. from City of Lawton with a proposal to build a dedicated advanced mtn. bike trail on City Property... what are you kidding? I was surprised.

    Anyway, yes it is on now. Needless to say the area we rode Sunday has "tons" of potential. We are meeting Saturday at noon to further the trail. btw: I have marked what I think is an awesome beginning to a new trail, it borders the lake and heads into chunky singletrack in the trees. To find it(orange & white flags), simply look to the right (East) after crossing the first lake inlet. ie: it's not directly after crossing the walk fence with your bike. There is a lot of walking, marking, surveying left to do to create a giant loop, connecting to the existing ST, and presently there is alot of "light tree trimming-only enough to allow a shoulder width and head high). Once done, it could be excellent.

    So, if the majority of the Mtb riders do not like my starting track (its not an ego thing for me, just want to make this happen), we can make changes. But the sooner we pick a line and continue to ride it, the sooner we will have buff single track in our backyard.
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    It was a great ride guys!!! Being a novice/intermidate rider, the trail definately tested my and my Kona's abilitties.. I'll bring along some trimming tools Saturday, and let's get get this party started!
    Mike

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    Sounds like a plan.
    See you Saturday.

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    Sorry guys, not going to make it this weekend.
    My son and I are catching my Wife's cold.
    I know this is a long term project so we will try to make it next time.

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    Lets do this

    Amigos,
    I'm at trail head, for those who care, bring it. The trail is developing- now headed north towards MEdicine Creek. It's gonna take lots of grooming, as there are mucho bowling ball sized rocks etc that need attention. However, this trail has it all . Climbing, swoops through creek beds, cross country open single track. Anyway , I'm headed out at 12:00 to further this trail. Come one-Come all.
    Adios
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    Hello, my family is moving to Lawton in a couple weeks. Me,my nine year old son, and 12 year old daughter love to ride. Where we live now there are not very many mtb enthusiasts or trails. We are very excited to see there are trails in and around Lawton. Count us in for help when we get there.

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    Time to Rally.

    Welcome to Oklahoma and we need more good folks like you and your family. Ok folks, The weather will be PURRFECT for trail building in the coming weeks. We (mtb bike riders) received permission to GET WITH IT by the city of Lawton and the to establish a mtb. trail between Mt. Scott and Lake Lawtonka. I can not, I repeat, can not adequately describe the potential this Real Estate has. I've "hucked out" an additiional 3-4 miles of new trail to add to the awesome existing trail that runs adjacent to the fence. The new trail follows the bank of Lake Lawtonka .It's a classic cross country trail with tuff stuff and flow. Establishing a continuous loop is crucial, it is vital that others get involved. We also have the support from Friends of the Trails alliance for signage etc. We have momentum and need to see this through to completion so this is what we need:

    1. Enthused "or not enthused" volunteers to meet Saturday Mornings approx. 10:00 to assist the building of and the routing of this new trail. The terrain dictates repeated riding of the trail for it to get established. A handful will not get the job done.

    Btw: take time to choose a username , unlike I did. It's easier to change your social security number than to change your username on mtbr.com. But it's better than skinny - but - fast.
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    Oops where to meet?

    Take Med. Park Exit (hwy 49), go West approx. 6-7 miles to Cattle guard entrance of Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, take first right (north) down dirt road to TH.
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    We are gonna try and make it. We just got here a couple days ago. My kids are getting restless. All the bikes are in storage and after a couple bad load shifts, they all need work. Do you have a blog or FB page? We would like to keep up to date on what's going on.

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    This is it.

    Sounds great. I'll be there with my "needing repair" bike as well. I've waited for a week for a tool to seperate my cassette from my hub. I guess I have a "boutique" bike needing special tools. Anyway I'll give it a go, as my cassette spins freely from my hub at the worse times. Ok I'll drop the violin.
    I'll be at TH approx. 10;00 and would be psyched to lead you over the new stuff and perhaps get something going on improving it. btw: my business webpage is Elgin Oklahoma New Homes (<elgin cool stuff> on right side has a bit of info and will have more in future). For the time being this will serve as the purpose of info dispersal. Unless someone else has a better idea.
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    I'm planning on heading out there in the morning. So is this trail building and riding tomorrow?
    Should I bring tools?

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    HI fly Hi

    Yes, sir. I plan to be there regardless of the nasty weather. Perhaps I-we can ride what has been established so that everyone will know the course and continue to improve it.
    See y'all there
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    After looking at the radar I'm gonna skip it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly2Hi96 View Post
    After looking at the radar I'm gonna skip it today.
    No problem Fly hi, I look forward to riding with ya soon.
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    If anyone is going to be out there tomorrow I would like to check it out. If not is it easy to find the trailhead and trails?

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    Sorry Fly2hi, I just looked at this.
    My Son in law and I rode the trail today.
    We started about 1100 hrs. It was damp.
    But beautiful today, just as predicted.
    We saw nobody else out.
    See you next time.
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    Oh, your 1st time out to Medicine Park
    I recommend you go with someone that knows the trail.
    The trail head is not too hard to find, but it would be best
    to meet one of the regulars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy V View Post
    Sorry Fly2hi, I just looked at this.
    My Son in law and I rode the trail today.
    We started about 1100 hrs. It was damp.
    But beautiful today, just as predicted.
    We saw nobody else out.
    See you next time.
    JV
    No worries...If you guys are going to work on the trails this weekend post up and I'll be glad to help. It will be nice having a place to ride closer to home.

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    The weather looks good and if anyone is going out there this weekend I would appreciate the nickel tour and even supply the post ride beverages.

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    Fly2hi, I guess I need to post more
    as I am not qualified to PM anyone
    until I have 20 posts. Anyway I'll be
    heading out in about an hour. I am
    also not qual to give the nickel tour,
    but the free one I can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy V View Post
    Fly2hi, I guess I need to post more
    as I am not qualified to PM anyone
    until I have 20 posts. Anyway I'll be
    heading out in about an hour. I am
    also not qual to give the nickel tour,
    but the free one I can do.
    I live in Duncan so it will be more like an hour and half by the time I pack up and get there. If that works I'm definitely in. To get to the trail head I cross the cattle guard and take a right on the dirt road? How far down the dirt road?

    Thanks
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    Thanks for the tour guys and it was great meeting everyone. I'm going to head out in the morning and do some trimming and some more exploring on the new sections. This place has the potential to be one of the best in the state.

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    Boots and tires on the ground

    Excellent. We need your assistance, and more riders like JimmyV riding and establishing a great trail system . Ironically I'm headed to Duncan to spectate my sons triathlon. He's going off approx. 11 am after that I'm headed back to the trail. I agree with your assessment , with a little more work we can connect the existing to the new. As you can attest, the possibilities are sky high as the trail heads north toward Medicine Creek. Anyway, it was great meeting you and bring it . It is surreal to thing something with that much potential is so close. OK I will quit gushing.
    I have told more than a few to meet at 2 tomorrow, so I plan to be near the entry at that time, however whoever can come and get busy whenever......
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    Here's a map of what we rode on Sunday plus some pics I took earlier in the day. This trail is gonna rock!
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    flytohi,

    The future of this place is looking good. I am excited to get back out there and clear some more territory. Do you have an "approx." mileage of the track we rode Sunday?
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    Probably just north of 5 miles. Take a look at the image below. The yellow represents what I understand already exists although I understand it's not well established. The blue represents what I suggest we could do to quickly have a loop made. If we head west at the end of what you started and connect to the same trail we picked up after our adventure in the bush and then head north instead of south I believe that loops around and connects to the well established trail. Does that make sense? I'm going out there tomorrow morning to do some more exploring and trimming and to see if I can follow that north loop.
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    I'll be at the trail head tomorrow morning at 11:00 and plan on doing some trail work and some riding if anyone wants to join in the fun.

    Dave

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    The map and pic's are awesome!
    I'm not gong to make it out Saturday.
    I'll be at the Catholic Men's conference.
    Hope to see you next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy V View Post
    The map and pic's are awesome!
    I'm not gong to make it out Saturday.
    I'll be at the Catholic Men's conference.
    Hope to see you next time.

    Jim
    Sorry you can't make it. I have some tires for Tyler that I'll bring next time you guys come out.

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    Thank you, have fun.

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    This looks promising and a nice terrain change from the usual Oklahoma terrain. I am going to try and come check this out soon.

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    New Map

    The areas between the yellow and blue hash marks still need trimming (going counter-clockwise) so if anyone gets a chance please work these areas. The only section of trail that is not well defined yet is the section between the blue hash marks. However, it is flagged and starting to wear in so it's pretty easy to follow. Besides the trimming what this trail needs most is riders so go get some!

    I didn't get a good mileage figure because I skipped the first area that follows the shore (the green line I painted in) but my guestimate is 7 miles and 700 feet of climbing.

    Fat-but-slow you did an awesome job laying out all of the new trail. I got off on the wrong line going into the woods after the second field and didn't notice until I had trimmed all the way to the bottom. I left it that way for now but we can go back and adjust the line later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomerBrian View Post
    This looks promising and a nice terrain change from the usual Oklahoma terrain. I am going to try and come check this out soon.
    Yes it is very promising and the more time I spend out there the more possibilities I see. Any time you want to head down just post here and I'll be glad to show you around.

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    Fly2hi,

    I hiked the trail today with my family. The work you have recently done really shows. This trail is now ready for prime time. I and everyone else who gets to enjoy and ride this awesome trail thanks you. The clearing through the briar you did is priceless. I will second your opinion that this track now needs riders, and I am certain they will not be disappointed. The trail we have established is a great ride, with countless options in the future.. Once again, THANK YOU.

    How to get to TH:
    1. hwy 49 thru Medicine Park Ok.
    2. Cross cattle gaurd to Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
    3. Take first right to dirt road to Trail Head.
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    I'm riding Wednesday evening if anyone wants join me. I should be there by 6:00,

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    Fly2hi,
    Sorry I missed the ride Wed. We rode Tuesday and plan to ride tonite. Approx. 5 ish. Open to anyone who wants to see - ride the new trail along the Lake.
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    I'll be out Saturday morning at 11:00 and I'm bringing someone new to MTB'ing so if anyone else out there wants a slow tour of the route I'll be glad to give the tour.

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    Anyone going out this evening? We'll be at the trailhead about 5:00-5:30.
    Will wait a bit longer if I get a reply.
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    Our Friday evening ride was amazing. We would like to extent as solid heartfelt Thank you for the work that has been done on these trails. We just kept saying, WOW! Over and over. We took the established trail North to the fork where newer trail veers Northwest and the established trail goes west. We followed this counter clockwise around to the yellow on the map. This is where I've had 2 sidewalk flats, where the blaze orange stocking cap is in the tree. This time the trail was a joy and when we saw it connected back to the established trail at the big mossy rock we had to stop and take it all in. My 13 year old was really stoked! I'm sure this had nothing to do with his new bike, a 2012 Specialized Camber Expert 26". Dan @ the KroOKed KranK got it in for us. Its such a sweet mount. Anyway, anyone who rides this area and you haven't been out in a while, you must get out there. To anyone new here looking for the best singletrack in the regon, this is it!
    Again to fat-but-slow, Fly2Hi96 and everyone else that works on or rides these awsome trails,
    Thank you! From me and my family.
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    Do they have ride arounds for the technical sections? Would like to take my 10 year old or is it too technical. He currently rides Draper minus the red trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomerBrian View Post
    Do they have ride arounds for the technical sections? Would like to take my 10 year old or is it too technical. He currently rides Draper minus the red trail.
    There are no ride arounds (we just finished the loop) and there are sections that he would have to walk due to rocks and or steep climbs or descents. I have a 9 year old daughter and she could ride 90% of the trail but I would have to help her with the other 10%. There are also a couple of places where the trail is hard to follow but I hope to have that worked out this weekend. IMO the trail is most similar to Murray but there are some sections that are more technical.

    Hope that helps.
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    Awesome work!

    Thanks guys, this looks and sounds amazing. I can't wait to get out and ride here in the next couple weekends!
    If its not a bumpy ride, I'm not interested.

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    I live in Altus, ok and need to find a riding group to do regular rides with. I usually ride Tom Steed or Medicine park trail. If anyone is interested in getting a ride group together let me know.

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    Just rode the trail last wknd. Awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmill View Post
    Just rode the trail last wknd. Awesome.
    Thanks for the update. I had not been going there because I figured it would be overgrown from lack of use

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