North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop

Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Haven't seen one this close for quite some time. Beautiful bird!
User: MikeHikes - 8/5/2022

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 7.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes


Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road     4.4 miles

Leg 2 -  service road (ENE) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > 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      2.6 miles

Temp started at 80, ended at 93.  Sunny with haze then the haze burned off.  No wind to light Southerly breeze by end of hike.

East hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails. Numerous deer, including an Axis buck and at least four different fawns, were spotted.  The big surprise was seeing a mother raccoon with two juveniles at one place and then seeing three almost baby raccoons at another.  This is the first time I saw this many young racoons on a hike.

Numerous birds were spotted and seeing the Yellow Billed Cuckoo (photo attached) at the North Scenic Loop was a real treat.  I saw a Horned Lizard on the Dinosaur Trail so I will re-start my Horned Lizard count.  All in all a good hike.


Water, shade and dry toilets available at the campsites by Bell's Trailhead.

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

Log Photos
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Area around San Angelo State Park
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