The heart of Oklahoma houses a hidden gem for cycling enthusiasts - Lake Ponca Trails. Nestled within the serene environs of Ponca City, this trail offers an exhilarating experience for both the seasoned rider and the budding enthusiast.
- Distance: 8 mi
- Level: Intermediate
- Route Type: Point to point
- Location: Ponca City, Oklahoma
The trail meanders over 7.2 miles and offers a medley of terrains. Cyclists will encounter technical rock sections and smooth flowing tracks. An intricate system of four complete loops connected by a gravel road ensures a varied experience with every ride. The standout feature is the fourth loop that leads riders to the expert Boulder section, although those looking for a slightly less challenging route can bypass it.Parking for this trail system is conveniently located at the Muskrat Maze trailhead.
How to Get There
Starting from 4500 E Prospect rd in Ponca City, OK, enthusiasts will find an unpaved road that leads directly down to the trailhead.
Cyclist Comments and Insights
- Rocky Terrain: Riders particularly appreciate the varied rocky sections. It's evident in comments like "Love the rocks and the other rocks" and how one rider humorously claimed, "I am now part Mountain goat."
- Challenging Yet Enjoyable: Cyclists found the trail challenging but not overwhelmingly so. One remarked on the "fun technical ride" and how it was rideable despite the need to "gear down to get over some of the rocky stuff."
- Diverse Sections: The trail offers diverse sections like the "Lizard Lane/Bobcat Beat" which is a favorite among many due to its elevated high banked turns.
- Physical Challenge: Despite being only 6-7 miles, don't be fooled! This trail promises a full-body workout, with one rider even commenting, "My arms were sore the next day!"
- Skill Level: While it's deemed an intermediate level, some sections have a "hint of Black flavor", urging cyclists to be on their game.
- Trail Quality: The Ponca City crew received commendation for their excellent work on the trail, with an exciting mention of their 2017 entry in the Tour De Dirt series.
- Versatility: Apart from mountain biking, the Lake Ponca area boasts of other activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. There's always something for everyone, even a volleyball game near the swim beach.
- Technical Nature: A heads up for beginners! This is a significantly technical trail, requiring at least an advanced intermediate skill level due to its rocky terrains.
Lake Ponca Trails stands as a testament to the perfect balance between challenge and enjoyment. The technical rock sections juxtaposed with the flowy tracks ensure every ride is unique. Whether a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to mountain biking, Lake Ponca Trails promises an unforgettable experience. So, gear up and hit the trails to discover what the buzz is all about!