ElevationAscent: 84' 26 m
Descent: -158' -48 m
High: 4,332' 1,321 m
Low: 4,247' 1,295 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“An easy, winding singletrack stretching across the eastern flatlands.”— Brendan Ross
Beginning on the south side, Lazy Cow's starting point on Old Tin Mine Road is indicated by both a large sign and trail marker. The singletrack is smooth and flat, with few rocks to contend with in comparison to other area trails. The first half mile winds as it works its way north, crossing three washouts as it progresses. Watch for a rock pile, marking where the trail turns right to parallel Trenchtown Road, about twenty feet to the north.
Eventually the trail turns north, crossing Trenchtown, and passing a shortcut to the Levee Loop. It then crosses a wide creek bed; continue straight, and the path picks up again on the other side. The remainder of the trail, about a mile and a half, is much like the initial portion: smooth, mostly straight, and generally flat. Lazy Cow ends at the Bowen Ranch, intersecting with a number of trails and Pipeline Road. A sign marks the northern end of the trail near the ranch gate.
Animals are mostly limited to jackrabbits, lizards, and small birds. Roadrunners will dart across the trail at times, and hawks circle overhead, looking for prey. Coyotes are hard to spot and tend to only come out after dusk, though they leave visitors alone.
Keep an eye out for snakes. They avoid the hot desert sun and are more common during the winter months. Most are harmless, but rattlers are a part of the local wildlife.
Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park