North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop

A Widow and Orphan after the Last Hunt
Organized hunt last week left these two without a buck.
User: MikeHikes - 11/2/2020

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 10.20 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes


Out     -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > service road (SW) > Rocky Creek Trail > service road (S) > North Scenic Loop > service road (S) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (ENE) > Cougar Overlook      4.9 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina > River Bend (NW) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > service road (NE) > Bell's Trailhead    5.3 miles

Temp started at 38, ended at 68.  Sunny, very light breeze.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Some deer out at the beginning of the hike but they disappeared quickly and no other animals seen until the end of the hike when I saw a grey fox on the Big Hill. Bird activity was not too busy although I saw a Rufous Sided Towhee as well as a Loggerhead Shrike and a Kingfisher. 

A good hike but nothing exciting happened.


Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available at campsites nearby.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Campground.

Water, shade, info kiosk available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.


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A Widow and Orphan after the Last Hunt
Area around San Angelo State Park
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