San Angelo State Park

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4point5stars (4.64)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
A Few White Crowned Sparrows Were Out
Not many birds were spotted while hiking but near Bell's Trailhead, there were a few of these females in the brush. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Moonset in the Morning
A clear early morning with some color as the Sun rose behind me. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Big Buck
I was surprised I got relatively close to him as he looked for food. Once he saw me, he quickly departed. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Ham on the Trotter
Didn't notice him until I went through my photos of the rock that was dry due to the ongoing drought. Feral hogs are destructive and not wanted at the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Not Much Going On
The medical helicopter flying overhead was the only thing of interest I saw while hiking today. (Photo by MikeHikes)
San Angelo SP Sunrise
Not much to see at the park except for the colorful sunrise. (Photo by MikeHikes)
FINALLY Have Some Water in the River!
This is the view from the River Bend Campground looking at a portion of the North Concho River. A few weeks ago, this was completely dry but last weeks rain shower helped quite a bit. Still need FEET of rain to eradicate the drought. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Porcupine at the Watering Hole
Been a few years since I last saw a porcupine at the park and this one seemed very mobile. I watched him go from one side of the watering hole to the other before he disappeared in the woods. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A very small Ring Collared Snake
This guy was between 5-6 inches long and slithered rather quickly off the trail as I photographed him. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Sunrise at Burkett Park
No good photos of today's hike except right at the beginning when the Sun rose. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Small Horned Lizard
Otherwise known as a Horny Toad. Was sitting along the side of the Horny Toad trail near the beginning of the hike. I haven't seen as many of these guys as in the past and attribute it to the drought and heat. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Grasshopper's Feast
More of the prickly pear tunas have ripened or soon will. This grasshopper found one and is enjoying the fruit inside. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
South Shore - Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/17/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.10 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Playground parking area - Roadrunner Loop - Playground parking area   3.1 miles

Temp started at 30, ended at 30.  Overcast, strong N to NNE wind 20-30mph

An abbreviated hike today as my original planned hike in the park's mid-section was thwarted by the Road Lizards having a run along the trails.  It was a VERY cold and windy day with the arrival of a temporary cold front.  Unfortunately, some of the agarita bushes have started to bloom so the flowers will be short lived. 

No photos taken, just picked up trash along the trail.

NOTES -

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

Info kiosk and toilets available at three points along Roadrunner.  Water and shade available at numerous campsites along the loop.

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/9/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.3 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 65.  Overcast, little to no wind.

A quiet, easy hike along dry trails.  Nothing of interest happened although I saw a Red Shafted Flicker, a hawk and some deer - no photographs taken.

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.

Toilets and info kiosks available at three locations along Roadrunner Loop.  Water and shade available at campsites along the Loop.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/5/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > Ghost Camp Trail    5.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Ghost Camp Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp (N) > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     2.6 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 55.  Patly to mostly cloudy.  NW wind at 10mph. 

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Not much wildlife once I hit the trail.   Driving to the parking area, I saw two "herds" of deer - each group had at least 15-20 deer per group!  I also saw the largest porcupine ever slowly crossing the park road - unfortunately there was not enough  light for a photo.  I was surprised how many watering holes along the riverbed still had water in them, also saw water in the creek by the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area. 

Hike was uneventful but peaceful!

NOTES -

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

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/28/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek Trail > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail > Flintstone Trail > 5 Points Junction   4.2 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek Trail (E) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.7 miles

Temp started at 35, ended at 62.  Sunny, 0-5mph northerly breeze, sunny.

Trails were easy to see and traverse, mostly damp but progressively drier as time passed.  Nothing of interest to be seen, just a few birds out and agroup of eight deer when I first came into the park.

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/18/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking ara > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.7 miles

Temp started at 36, ended at 61.  Sunny with 10mph SW breeze.

1st hike of the new year.  Last year I -

Starting mileage for 2023 -  3898

Ending mileage  for 2023 -  4298.3

Total mileage for the year -  400.3

Total hikes for the year     -  46

After a long period of time, I was able to resume hiking today. Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.

I saw LOTS of deer at various places in the park as well as about half a dozen Loggerhead Shrikes, a few Meadowlarks and a couple of other kinds of birds.  Only saw one Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  Not much to report so will make this short.

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 availabvle at Burkett park.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park - Short Loop
By MikeHikes on 10/26/2023
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lankey Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area    3.4 miles

Temps started at 72, ended at 82.  Sunny with some high overcast clouds, fairly steady SSW breeze of 5-10mph.  Slightly humid.

Easy hike along damp to slightly muddy trails that were fairly easy to traverse.  The park received almost three inches of rain earlier this week whcih was certainly welcome but we need a whole lot more.  The trails were fairly easy to traverse and find places to step without becoming mired in mud.  Of note was the fact that I saw a Killdeer for the first time this year!  They are normally fairly common but these past few years, not so common.  I aslo saw a Scissortail, a Loggerhead Shrike and surprisingly, a small ring collared snake.  No photos taken.

NOTES -

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at the Playground Parking Area.

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook - Figure 8 Loop
By MikeHikes on 10/20/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Rocky Creek > Lower Big Hill > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground> Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook    3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail> River Bend Trail > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead   3.9 miles

Temps started at 52, ended at 86.  Sunny with a very light (1-5 mph) wind.

A quiet, relaxing hike along recently groomed trails that are easy to see and traverse.  The animal activity was limited to a few deer and later, to seeing the rear end of a feral hog as he grubbed along a river bank visible from Cougar Overlook (photo attached).  Not many birds were out and the scenery was about the same as it was last month - no real difference and no color change even though Fall is officially here.   

NOTES -

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

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

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

 

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction - Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 10/12/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.30 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek (E) > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction     4.6 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (E) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.7 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 78.  Sunny with 15-20mph SSW wind with stronger gusts.

Easy hike along dry, easy to traverse trails.  Very little animal activity and virtually no bird activity either.  The Monarch butterflies are migrating and the strong winds kept them in place as I only saw a few fluttering close to the ground.  Nonetheless, it was pleasant to hike, feel the sun and wind on my skin and hear the strong winds blow.

NOTES -

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

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

Water, shade and info kiosk at 5 Points Junction.

South Shore - Playground to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 9/27/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    2.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.3 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 89.  Light, 1-5mph SW breeze.  Sunny w/a few clouds.

Easy hike along dry to morning dew damp trails that were easy to see and traverse.  Some vegetation growing on the trails but only in spots and not insurmountable. 

Not much to see today except for a few Scissortails and some micro-birds that were so fast and low in the brush I couldn't identify them.  A few lizards and a few deer were the only other creatures out and about.  One good thing was seeing and smelling the bee bush small white flowers blooming after the recent rainfall.  The vanilla scent of the tiny flowers is always very pleasant to enjoy while hiking!

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 and shade available at campsites parallel to Roadrunner Loop and there are three areas with water, info kiosk and toilets along Roadrunner Loop.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Big Loop
By MikeHikes on 9/20/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (ENE) > Cougar Overlook       6.3 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (N) > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.2 miles

Temps stared at 72, ended at 92.  Sunny with steady 10-15mph SSW breeze.

Easy hike along dry to muddy in spots trails that were relatively easy to traverse.  Vegetation has grown and in a few places, the vegetation is fairly high.

There were rains last week and it shows (photo attached)!  The North Concho River has more water in it but it is NOT flowing so there are still dry patches between watering holes.  The water near Shady Trail is definitely up from a few weeks ago and I watched a beaver glide along as well as numerous large fish and turtles.  Other areas along the trails that had been dry now have watering holes and ponds.  Unfortunately, they will probably dry up sooner than later as there is no rain predicted for the near future.  Of note was the appearane of a VERY large feral hog soon after I started hiking on Dinosaur Trail.  He saw me at a distance and took off running across the open field so although there was no danger to me, it was disheartening to see the hog in the first place.  

NOTES -

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

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

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

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

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