Yep..as the sign says below, Bear and Mountain lion Country,
Lost Mine Trail
Length: 4.70 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1300 Feet
“The Lost Mine Trail is perhaps the most important hike to undertake if you only have a day to spend in Big Bend. It's not terribly long, provides an interpretive guide to the plants, animals and geological formations seen in Big Bend..”
The trail starts out through a montane woodland of species generally only found in Mexico, but whose range just crosses the border in Big Bend and perhaps a couple of other mountains in West Texas. These include Mexican pinyon pine, and the weeping juniper, and the red peeling bark of the Texas madrone. In the case of the first two, the Chisos are the only place in the U.S. to see them. Other common species on this trail include Alligator juniper, evergreen sumac, and a variety of scrubby oak species, including Emory oak and Chisos red oak. In the understory are agave, yucca, sotol, and cactus species. Totally different vegetation than in the valley.
Jeff checking out a Sotol plant Heres a bonsai growing on a rock for Dad.
It was a beautiful day..light winds..mid sixtiesBesides the views..we saw Black tufted titmice, Acorn and Ladderback Woodpeckers,Mexican Jays, Juncos and a few other birdies. So…. I decided that my first love is hiking…Birding, mushrooming,rockhounding, shell collecting…all close seconds…
End of day 3 part I
Cattail falls Hike