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Hiker’s Guide to the Trails of Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch.

The Bobcat Trail has its northeastern trailhead off of the Engelmann Oak Trail. Getting to the Bobcat Trailhead from the Cougar Pass Road entrance involves hiking 0.70 miles south on the Cougar Ridge Trail to the Engelmann Oak Trailhead, and then hiking 0.89 miles northeast on Engelmann Oak to the Bobcat Trailhead.
There is a moderate elevation gain from Cougar Pass to the Engelmann Oak Trailhead. However, the hike on Engelmann Oak involves a steep climb from the trailhead to the top of the ridge. After that, the trail is fairly level to the Bobcat Trailhead.

The Bobcat Trail is 1.00 miles in length traversing from Engelmann Oak on the East to the Cougar Ridge Trail on the west. The trail is single lane and can accommodate hikers, bikers and equestrians.
The trail is rated “moderate” in terms of difficulty when hiking the trail west to east. This is because of the 243 foot elevation gain between the west and east ends of the trail. We will be hiking the trail from east to west, starting at 1,692 feet and declining to 1,449 feet at the trail’s end where it intersects the Cougar Ridge Trail. Because of the decline in elevation, the trail is rated “easy” when hiking from east to west.

The trailhead marker for the Bobcat Trail indicates the trail is 1.00 miles long. This is virtually the same reading obtained from a handheld GPS unit.

If you are using a GPS unit on the hike be sure and set it back to 0.00 at the trailhead. All distances displayed on the slides assume your GPS unit has been set to zero at the beginning of the hike.
There is a prairie/meadow view at the Bobcat Trailhead that is visible for about a tenth of a mile down the trail. South of the meadow, there are mature oaks and shrubs on both sides of the trail.
The foliage ranges from brushes to large trees, one of which is a dead tree shaped to resemble a bucking horse reared up on his hind legs as if to throw a rider from his back. At the quarter-mile mark one can look back towards the east and see the open area we have passed through.
At 0.33 miles down the trail is a “flower garden” that has several bushes with yellow flowers. This is a pleasant respite from the large trees bordering the trail.
At 0.45 miles into the hike, along the southeast side of the trail are the remnants of a French settlement that was on the ranch over a century ago. The stone wall is all that is left of the structures built and used by the settlers.
Upon leaving the French Settlement ruins the trail passes through areas of heavy foliage along the trail. The heavy foliage with occasional large trees along the trail continues until near the end of the hike.
The trail splits near its intersection with the Cougar Ridge Trail. Hikers going west to the Cougar Pass entrance should take the northern branch (turn right) at the fork, whereas those going south on the Cougar Ridge Trail should take the southern branch (turn left).