Oklahoma City: Watonga Lake North Loop

Hike or bike around the quiet shores of Watonga Lake, then into the brushy hills on this moderate 4.9-mile loop in Roman Nose State Park.
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Hike or bike around the quiet shores of Watonga Lake, then into the brushy hills on this moderate 4.9-mile loop in Roman Nose State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

RNL002

Location: 35.9432830810547, -98.4257736206055

Hop over road gate, following doubletrack uphill

RNL003

Location: 35.9444885253906, -98.4284286499024

R around lake point along doubletrack; trail narrows @ WPT 4

RNL004

Location: 35.944881439209, -98.4218902587891

Head uphill through tall grass onto dam, which plugs Bitter Creek to fill 55-acre Lake Watonga

RNL005

Location: 35.9427833557129, -98.4195022583008

L @ Y up small hill on Mesa Loop Trail; cacti fl ourish under shrubby cedars. Switchback up hill in .35 mi.

RNL006

Location: 35.9421806335449, -98.4199905395508

Inspiration Point: View lakes and creek below, a contrast to surrounding patchy green hills; L U-turn heads S downhill

RNL007

Location: 35.9368705749512, -98.4187774658203

Bear R @ Y, swinging back N

RNL008

Location: 35.9421882629394, -98.4207000732422

Stay L to head steeply downhill; trail follows shoreline of stunted cedars, tall grasses

RNL009

Location: 35.9365692138672, -98.4188079833984

R @ Y; descend S along a dry creekbed

RNL010

Location: 35.9334106445312, -98.4194793701172

Cross small plank bridge; veer R uphill

RNL011

Location: 35.9344444274902, -98.4194259643555

R @ Y to bypass steep climb up Shane's Hill

RNL012

Location: 35.9350509643555, -98.4217681884766

R @ T to head back down to lakes

RNL013

Location: 35.9373512268066, -98.4233779907226

R @ Y heading steeply downhill; cross land bridge between Watonga and Boecher Lake and loop back to general store