North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Loop #2

First Meadowlark of the Season
First Meadowlark of the season spotted on Dinosaur Trail. They are Winter visitors and a sign that the seasons are changing!
User: MikeHikes - 10/31/2021

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 4point5stars
Miles Hiked: 5.80 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours


Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > service road (S) > Badlands > park road to River Bend Campground   3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   2.4 miles

Temp started at 49, ended at 65.  Sunny with little to no wind.

Basically a repeat of Thursday's hike except I saw some mountain bikers on the return leg.  No animal activity and bird activity was minimal although I spotted a few "first for this season" Meadowlarks (photo attached). 

Quiet and peaceful hike but there really wasn't much going on.


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

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

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

Log Photos
First Meadowlark of the Season
Area around San Angelo State Park
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