North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop

First Fox for 2023
I saw this young fox on Javelina Trail when he ran across the trail ahead of me. When I reached him, he was waiting for me, allowed me to take a few photos and then he left.
User: MikeHikes - 5/4/2023

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 9.30 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours

Comments:

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > park road (NNE) > Upper Ghost Camp (S) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      5.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina > park service road (NNE) > Lower Ghost Camp > Upper Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > North Slick Rock > Trailhea dto Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead   3.7 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 80.  Overcast with peeks of sunlight, not much wind and not constant.  A few raindrops fell but no real rain.

All trails were dry, easy to see and traverse - there were a few spots with vegetation overgrown but not severely so.

Saw the first fox for the year (photo attached) as well as the first snake for the year (a Ring collared Snake).  Many cacti have bloosoms and there are still quite a few wildflowers in bloom as well.  Birds were out singing but not too many were seen.  Overall, it was a peaceful, relaxing hike.

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and an info kiosk are available at the DInosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

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

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



Log Photos
First Fox for 2023
Area around San Angelo State Park
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