Hill County Cowboy  LbNA # 19559

OwnerWisconsin Hiker      
Placed DateNov 23 2005
LocationVanderpool, TX
Found By cancan
Last Found Nov 12 2011
Hike Distance3-5 mi
Last EditedMay 14 2016

NOTE: I've had a report that the box is in bad shape. If you hunt for this box, I'd really appreciate it if you could bring some tape to repair it, or perhaps a new container to replace the damaged box. I live out of state, so can't do the maintenance myself. THANKS!

Location: The state natural area is about 5 miles north of Vanderpool, TX on Ranch Road 187. Park near the trailhead for the West Trail. Trail maps can be printed from the Texas park web site.
Time: 2-3 hours roundtrip
Distance: ~4.9 miles roundtrip
Terrain: Climbing trail (425’ elevation gain) through woods, creeks & open area - rough & steep trail in spots.
Note: You will need a Texas State Parks Pass or pay a daily fee of $3-$6 per PERSON. There is restricted access during scheduled hunts, so be sure to check the SNA Calendar of Events before making the trip.


Dag blast it! The boss sent me off to find that critter that wandered off from the herd and now I’ll have to ride the shank’s mare all over these hills. It looks like he headed toward the area that has those “lost” trees. Well, by hook or by crook, I’ll find him! Because when I do, I’ll be able to bend the elbow with the boys again.

It looks like the varmint headed on this trail west and crossed the river. I followed his trail for a while but I was stumped when I got to the creek bed. Which way to go? Left? Right? In the creekbed? I wanted to wind up this business, so I just followed the creek bed, which seemed like what the critter might do. Eventually I got to a primitive camp “D” and I didn’t beat the devil around the stump, but began the climb up…

Well I’m dragged out and played out after that hill! And what do I see up here but what looks like a fancy privy. Whoever built this did a bang-up job. I sauntered to the back of the building and spied a juniper on a hill at 210 degrees. I figured I could get a view as fine as cream gravy from the far side of that tree, so I headed over there and settled down near some rocks under the tree branches.

Shoot! I think I just got a gander of that LOST STEER heading down the hill…. Do you want to help me catch up with him?

We hope you enjoyed your hunt and, since we don’t live in the area, we would really appreciate an update on the status of the box if you find it.