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North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
He was a ways off but easy to identify. Saw two males and one female near Bell's Trail head.
User: MikeHikes - 2/24/2017

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes


Out     Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Lower Big Hill > service road (S) > North Scenic Loop > service road (S then W) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NE) > Cougar Lookout         6.1 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > Lower Ghost Camp Trail  > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > North Slick Rock > service road (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.6 miles

Temps start at 60 end at 66, sunny, steady North breeze.

Dry trails, very easy to follow.  LOTS of birds out including Killdeer, Western Bluebirds (photo attached), Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrikes, Black thoated sparrows, turkeys, Great Blue Herons.  Butterflies are also becoming more numerous as they look for the few flowers and blooming agaritas to gather sustenance.

The longhorns are in this section of the park and there are a few calves with them - keep your distance, don't startle them and they'll leave you alone.


Water is available in the campground at Bell's Trailhead.

Shade and info kiosk (damaged) are available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing area. WATER HAS BEEN TURNED OFF AT THIS TIME.

Shade and info kiosk available at Cougar Lookout.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Ghost Camp.  THIS IS THE ONLY WATER AVAILABLE ON THIS ROUTE.

Use caution when using the dry toilets. 


Log Photos:
Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird

Area around San Angelo State Park

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