San Angelo State Park

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50.00 Miles
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4stars (4.30)370
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4point5stars (4.65)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
A Few Monarchs Remain
Most of the Monarch Butterflies have already headed South but there are a few stragglers still around. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Who Are You?
A doe and her fawn watch me from afar as I hiked on Playground Trail. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Wilson's Warbler Just Passin' Thru
A winter visitor on his way to warmer climes. He and his mate were in the juniper bush when the bright yellow color caught my eye. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Bumblebee Busy on Lemonmint
Besides the bee bush, there aren't many blooming flowers but the lemonmint is blooming and I'm seeing more plants all the time. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Who are U?
The owl was hunting when I interrupted him. He flew to the tree and squawked at me before settling down and watching as I took his photo. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Milkweed Pod
Monarch Butterflies need milkweed!!!!! Help spread the seeds when they burst from the pods. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron
First time I've seen this bird. He was enjoying himself at the "No Swimming" pond near Burkett park -good thing the pond recently went from being a puddle to a fairly large body of water. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Finally Spotted!
For years, beavers felled trees along Shady Trail but were never seen until today! Only saw one in this fairly large pool of water (river is not flowing) but he looked healthy enough. (Photo by MikeHikes)
River? Where Do You See A "River" ?!?
The big rock is normally underwater but, as can be seen, the water just isn't there. (Photo by MikeHikes)
One of Three Black Vultures Watching Me
His expression sums up today's hike - nothing happening here. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Mythical White Deer
For years I heard about a mythical "White Deer" at the park - on this hike, I saw it for the first time. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Breakfast Served All Day!
Calves are always hungry! Part of the state Longhorn herd at the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
South Shore Roadrunner Loop then Playground to Burkett Loop
By MikeHikes on 10/20/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area       3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area       3.2 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 75.  Overcast until Leg 3, then partly cloudy.  Liittle to no wind for the entire hike.

An easy hike along dry trails. I started early hoping to see more wildlife but I was disappointed - there were lots of whitetail deer but that was it. The few birds that were out kept to the low scrub for most of the hike. There were a few Monarchs but it looks like the majority have left the area.  Not much went on so will stop here.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at Playground parking area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water, shade and a few toilets available along Roadrunner Loop in the campsites and bathhouses.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 10/13/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 11.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > River Bend Trail (S) > 5 Points Junction   2.7 miles

Leg 3 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.5 miles

Temp started at 50 and ended at 80.  Sunny with light wind.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  There was not much activity out today even though I started just before sunrise. Bird activity was minimal but I saw a Great Horned Owl as I was driving in, a Jack Rabbit that ran in front of me but wasn't hit and a number of deer watching me drive into the park.  An equestrian I spoke to on the trail, told me she saw about 30 javalina crossing a park road earlier in the day but I wasn't so lucky.

I saw some deer here and there as I hiked but otherwise, it was a long but photo-less hike.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

Water, shade, and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 10/7/2020
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Out     -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park   3.2 miles

Return -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area  3.6 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 75.  Sunny with very light, intermittent breeze.

Easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails.  Not much animal activity but the bird activity was much better!  At the beginning of the hike, we saw a Great Horned Owl that I photographed.  After walking along Winding Snake Trail, there was a Loggerhead Shrike sharing a tree with a Mockingbird - not a usual sight; once the Loggerhead flew, the Mockingbird was in hot pursuit.  Finally as we neared Burkett Park, a flash of color in the juniper bush caught our attention and I was able to photograph a Wilson's Warbler (photo attached) as he and his mate were passing through the area on their way to the Yucatan.  At this moment, a hurricane is heading toward Yucatan so they may want to delay their departure and stay a little while longer.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station are available at Playground parking area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

 

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 10/1/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek (1st segment) > Armadillo Ridge service road (NNE) > Playground Trail     3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground Trail (N) > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction   2.0 miles

Leg 3 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo Ridge service road (NNE) > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.3 miles

Temps started at 60, ended at 81.  Sunny, very light breeze.

Easy and uneventful hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  A few deer were out when I started but not as many as I usually see.  The lemonmint flowers are becoming more numerous and there is a surprising bloom of bee bush which pleasantly scents the air with vanilla.  I saw a few mountain bikers at Burkett Park but only saw 1 on the trails.  Hiking along, smelling the vanilla scented bee bush, feeling the sun and breeze - nothing better!!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 9/25/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Out    -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > DInosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook       6.3 miles

Return - Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    3.6 miles

Temp started at 58, ended at 80. Sunny, no clouds, very light SW breeze.

An easy, peaceful hike along damp then dry trails.  Numerous deer were out and a solitary owl was seen (photo attached) as I drove into the park.  Some birds were out but nothing unusual to report; just a pleasant, peaceful hike in the state park with no crowds to disturb me.

NOTES

Info kiosk and bicycle repair station at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade are available in the nearby campgrounds.

Water, shade, and info kiosk available at Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

Info kiosk, shade and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets availabvle at River Bend Campground.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp and Back
By MikeHikes on 9/16/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out     -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > Ghost Camp > service road (W)          2.5 miles

Return -  Service road (W) > River Bend Trail (N) > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > service road connector (NW) > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead      3.2 miles

Temps started at 63, ended at 75.  Mostly cloudy, light and intermittent wind.

Slower paced hike along damp to wet/muddy trails.  Trails were still wet from last Wednesday and Thursday's 5-7 inches of rain - rain that is always welcome!  The North Concho River actually looks like a river now; there were no dry patches present as there were before the rains.  Vegetation has green'ed up as well. 

Deer were spotted as was a raccoon who trapped himself inside a dumpster.  We gathered fallen branches and made an escape ladder for him.  A short minute later, he used the branches to climb out and scampered into the brush.  I hope he learned a lesson and will avoid the dumpster but ......

Some birds were out but not as many as I'd hoped for; we saw one large raptor as we were getting ready to leave.

Muddy shoes and feet but a good hike!

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available at the nearby campground.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at the River Bend Campground.

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 9/7/2020
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 11.40 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL COnnector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek (E) > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction     4.5 miles

Leg 2 - 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook > service road WNW > River Bend (S) > 5 Points Junction      2.8 miles

Leg 3 - 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > (East) Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     4.1 miles

Temp started at 69 and ended at 93.  Sunny, no clouds and a steadily increasing SSW breeze.

A very good hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Coming into the park, I saw numerous deer, javalinas and a "shore bird" at the pond closest to Burkett park; the "shore bird" is a juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron (photo attached) - the first I've seen at the park.

Not many birds were out at first but the numbers inceased as the hike progressed.  I saw a lone Box Turtle that was the size of my fist along the trail just moseying along - been awhile since I saw the last one!

The hike went longer than I expected but was well worth it!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 9/3/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park    3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground Parking Area   4.1 miles

Leg 3 - Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area    3.4 miles

Temp started at 69, ended at 86.  Sunny with haze caused by high humidity, light breeze.

Long and uneventful hike along trails that were dry, easy to see and traverse.  I saw numerous deer as well as the "usual suspects" in the bird viewing department.  The only things worth mentioning --  the sighting of a foot long Ring-Necked snake, the second of this year, and a male Vermillion Flycatcher.  Photos of the snake are of the "so what" type so I'm not bothering to post and the Vermillion Flycatcher was far away to the point the photos easily identified him but again only a "so what" photo. 

As mentioned in a prior hike report, even if the hike was uneventful, it was still much better than sitting at home and looking at a computer monitor or television screen!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station are available at the Playground parking area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water and shade are available at numerous campsites along most of Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets and info kiosks are available at a few locations as well.

 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 8/26/2020
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out   -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Scenic Loop > North Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      3.7 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WSW) > River Bend > Badlands > service road (E) > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     4.7 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 78.  Sunny very light breeze.

All trails were easy to see and traverse except for portions of North Slick Rock which could use some vegetation cutting.  For many years, along the Shady Trail bordering the North Concho River, there have been trees felled by beavers but I never saw a beaver ... until today.  As I hiked along the trail, I saw a "V" cutting along the pool of water in the riverbed (the water has not been flowing for some time now).  I watched and saw a fairly large beaver glide along back and forth, seemingly unconcerned I was watching and taking photos. After three minutes of swimming back and forth, he decided he had enough and disappeared under the water.  A bit further down the trail, I saw a Summer Tanager - not considered "rare" but definitely uncommon.  

The rest of the hike was simply  hiking along, listening to the birds and seeing deer bound away.  A good hike!

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade are available in the nearby campground.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets are available at the River Bend Campground.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at Cougar Overlook.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 8/21/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 9.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Out   -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend (N) > service road (NE) > Cougar Overlook      5.8 miles

Return - Cougar Overlook > Flintstone > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.3 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 89.  Sunny with high, thin, overcast clouds.  Light SE breeze.

All trails were dry and easy to traverse. Animals spotted were deer, longhorns and one monstrously large Jack Rabbit (no photo).  There were a few birds out this morning - Mockingbirds, Doves and various sparrows as well as a lone Scissortail Flycatcher.  The North Concho River has all but disappeared - there are patches of water but not much is visible (photo attached) - RAIN IS NEEDED !!!!! 

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook. 

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