Dowd Mountain Overlook was the second trail of day. It was a nice drive to the end of the trail. The road is somewhat curvy and gently climbs uphill, weaving its way through dry grassland, shrubs and small trees.
On the way to the overlook, we came across two people making their way up the trail on their bikes. It was a hot day, so the Jeep seemed much more preferable!
We also saw some cattle off in the woods, mostly mothers with calves. They were just lying in the somewhat sparse shade of the tall shrubbery and taking it easy.
At the overlook we had a lot of great views to the left and right along the Flaming Gorge Canyon and Reservoir.
We did some hiking for a short time and found a sign labeling the narrow hiking and mountain bike trail as the “002” trail. This trail leads to the northwest down the slope towards the Hideout Campground. We soon turned back to the overlook.
After turning around and going back to the start of Dowd Mountain Overlook, we went to Sheep Creek Bay and went kayaking for few hours. This little boat ramp is not as busy as the eastern ramps (Cedar Springs) but seemed well used and taken care of.