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

Kingfisher at Shady Trail
Haven't spotted any Kingfishers in quite awhile so seeing him was a pleasant surprise.
User: MikeHikes - 11/2/2022

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 3.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours


Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > trailhead to Trailhead > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground   1.7 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    2.0 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 75.  Sunny and light constant SW breeze.

Easy hike with friends.  We saw a Belted Kingfisher (photo attached) at the watering hole on Shady Trail.  A few deer survived last week's hunt and were seen as we drove in.  A couple of hawks were out but otherwise not many birds and no other animals were present.  The wind brought in pollen and/or dust which fired up my allergies - not good but nonetheless, any hike is a good one.


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

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

Log Photos
Kingfisher at Shady Trail
Area around San Angelo State Park
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