San Angelo State Park

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$4.00
4stars (4.23)493
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4point5stars (4.63)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
More Agarita are Beginning to Bloom
A sure sign of Spring when these fragrant bushes perfume the air. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A VERY cold Bird
I don't know what bird this is but he/she was very cold when I started hiking. The Sun had just come out and gave it a yellowish cast. I took a few photos then the bird disappeared into the brush. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Sleepy Owl
This Great Horned Owl was comfortably perched and hidden high in the tree when I saw him. He opened his eyes briefly, saw I was no threat and went back to sleep with the rising Sun warming him up. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Female Mountain Bluebird
First time I photographed this bird. I didn't see the male but will look for him next time I'm at the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Setting Moon
Not much to photograph on this hike but the Moon looked pretty nice! (Photo by MikeHikes)
The Robins Are Back!
This is the third time I've seen a large group of Robins in the park this Winter. There used to be a year round colony near Bell's Trailhead but they disappeared years ago - perhaps this group is their descendants and they have returned. (Photo by MikeHikes)
One Young Buck
The only deer I saw on today's hike. Scheduled hunt starting in a few weeks - I hope he finds sanctuary in the southern portion of the park! (Photo by MikeHikes)
A few Javelinas
Saw this small family of javelinas at the beginning of the Nature Trail. Their eyesight may be poor but when the wind took our scent to them, they were off like a bullet! (Photo by MikeHikes)
The Kingfisher is Still Here
I saw this bird about six weeks ago hunting in the same area. He must have been successful because he's still here. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Welcome Sight
One of the many Robins spotted on today's hike. They are in the city but this is the first time I've seen them in the Southern portion of the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)
One Big Buck
A hunt is scheduled for this coming weekend so this guy might not be around too much longer. I wish him the best of luck in avoiding the hunters. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Splash of Color
Some of the mesquite tree leaves are turning yellow but it was a surprise to see this tree and some other vegetation with yellow leaves. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook short loop
By MikeHikes on 2/5/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 - Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek  Trail > Turkey Creek Trail > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook   4.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.0 miles

Temp started at 36, ended at 72 (!).  Sunny, slight breeze w/strong gusts tapering off as it got warmer.

First hike in awhile due to weather conditions last week when we had three days and nights of freezing temps and some rain and ice.  The trails were damp with morning dew but otherwise dry and easy to traverse.  Some morning fog so I drove to the lake and saw a feral hog hastily depart when he saw me.  A herd of eight deer were seen and a few birds, otherwise the wildlife was absent.  I saw a group of mountain bikers at Cougar Overlook and two others on the trail earlier otherwise, the trails were void of other people.  There were a few more agarita bushes starting to bloom (photo attahced) and this time, I detected the faint perfume they emitted. A nice hike albeit a sweaty one for me due to the fairly rapid temperature increase.

NOTES

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

Water, shade and info kiosk at 5 Points Junction.

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Big Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/22/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park      3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.9 miles

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

Temp started at 29 and ended at 52.  Sunny with a light Westerly breeze.

A cold start to a pleasant hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  I started hiking while the temperature was pretty cold at 29 degrees and felt the cold for the first hour or more.  By then, the Sun appeared and warmed up the air to a comfortable hiking temperature.  At the beginning of the hike, there were some small birds that felt the cold as well - easy to tell by their fluffed out appearance (photo attached),  Numerous deer to the tune of 40 -50 in groups of three all the way to groups of ten, were searching for food for the first hour or so, afterwards, I saw very few birds and no animals.

Still seems early to me but there were a few agarita bushes in bloom with their yellow flowers out and open. Unfortunately I did not detect any scent from the flowers.

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 numerous campsites as well.

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/18/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Lower Big Hill Trail > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > service road (W) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (N) > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead      3.5 miles

Temp started at 59, ended at 65. VERY STRONG AND STEADY SW wind 15-25mph with STRONGER Gusts. Sunny, a few wispy clouds.

A windy but enjoyable hike today.  I saw a large number of deer as I drove in and when I started to hike, I saw this Great Horned Owl (photo attached).  He watched me momentarily and decided to go back to sleep.  The sunlight and where he perched made excellent camouflage.

There were a few more deer spotted but that was it.  The winds were extremely strong and constant, dust flew through the air as well.

One surprise was seeing two agarita bushes in full bloom!  The yellow flowers may have had a scent but the wind kept me from smelling it.  Veru unusual that there were only two but they were all I saw today.

NOTES -

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

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground to Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/12/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area      3.4 miles

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

Temp started at 44, ended at 54.  Sunny with steady 10-15mph North wind with a few stronger gusts.

All trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.  A very good hike today even though it was cold and windy.  I photographed a female Mountain Bluebird (photo attached) for the first time at the park.  I also saw female red shafted Northern Flicker which I normally don't see which was nice.  Finally, there was a very large group of 20-30 javelinas on Lanky Lackey.  The javelina were of all sizes and ages from very small infants to large adults.  I gave them plenty of space and stood still numerous times so they didn't feel threatened.

Deer were also spotted as were more Robins.  All in all a very good hike.

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 and a few toilets available along Roadrunner Loop at various campsites.

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 1/8/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    4.8 miles

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

Temp started at 39, ended at 55.  Sunny with a very slight NNW 1-3mph breeze.

Easy hike along dry trails.  Not many animals spotted - a few deer at the beginning of the hike and an occasional bird. Even though there was nothing to see or photograph except the Moon (photo attached) I enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the hike and am glad I did it.

NOTES -

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

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Big Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/2/2023
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina 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     3.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 74.  Stead 10mph SW wind with slight gusts.  Overcast until last mile then partly cloudy.

A good hike along dry, easy to see and raverse trails.  There were two Great Horned Owls as I drove past the gate and another in the campground by Bell's Trailhead.  A hawk was also spotted a little later and then a few deer were seen running in the distance.  On the return leg, at the North Scenic Loop, I saw about 20-30 Robins (photo attached) - I hope they have returned to establish a new, permanent colony! 

Nothing else to report besides picking up an unusually large amount of trash, old and new, along the trails - the wind and soil erosion will be blamed.

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 info kiosk 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 available at the River Bend Campground.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/28/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook     3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WSW) > River Bend Trail (S) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek Trail > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek Trail > Rollercoaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    5.6 miles

Temp started at 49, ended at 74.  Sunny w/high wispy clouds.  Strong gusty SW wind blew steady - cold at the start, warmer at the end.

Final Hike of the year for me.  Stats are as follows -

Starting mileage -  3453

Ending mileage   -  3898

Total mileage for the year  -  445

Number of hikes for the year - 60

A cold, crisp and windy hike at first then a warmer one in the same field jacket and wind pants at the end.  All trails were dry and easy to traverse.  Unfortunately, there were very few birds out and I only saw one deer (photo attached).  There really wasn't much going on although I did enjoy the quieter than normal hike.  I suspect the strong wind kept the traffic and other city noises down to a minimum.

NOTES -

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Isabel Harte Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/18/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 4.30 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > park road (NE) > Isabel Harte Day Use Area    3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  isabel Harte Day Use Area > Chaparral > Playground parking area      1.3 miles

Temp started at 29, ended at 50. Sunny with a few clouds, steady wind with gusts from the SW.

A short and easy hike along dry and easy to see trails.  Saw a small family of javelinas (photo attached), a few deer who survived last weeks hunt and a Loggerhead Shrike.  Cold and wind kept most of the animals and birds away.  A short but enjoyable walk in the park.

NOTES -

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

Water and a dry toilet available at Isabel Harte.  Shade available at various campsites.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook - Short loop
By MikeHikes on 12/12/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook    3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > River Bend (N) > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > service road (NW) > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead    4.0 miles

Temp started at 58, ended at 68.  Low, overcast clouds, steady 5-10mph Southerly breeze.

An upcoming hunt made today's hike shorter than usual.  The trails were damp to muddy but easy to see and traverse - just got a lot of sticky mud on my shoes!

A Kingfisher was spotted along Shady Trail watering hole and further up along the very dry riverbend as I headed South.  A few deer were seen which I hope moved much further South for sanctuary from the hunt that would start the next morning.  One interesting observation - I saw a Robin at Cougar Overlook that stayed for a few minutes before flying North.  Perhaps there will be another permanent colony of Robins at the campground by Bell's Trailhead.

Otherwise, not much was going on but I was glad I was able to get a hike in before they shut the park down.

NOTES -

Water, shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at or near Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/5/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours

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

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

Temp started at 60, ended at 68.  Steady SSW Wind 10-15mph, Partly cloudy to mostly sunny.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Saw some deer near the park entrance as they learned the South Shore was a sanctuary during last weekend's hunt at the North and mid-sections of the park.

I was surprised to see a flock of about 50 American Robins (photo attached) on Lanky Lackey near the dried creek.  Robins are present in the city but this is the first time I've seen them in the Southern portion of the park. There used to be a year round colony at the North Shore but they disappeared some years back - perhaps these Robins will decide to stay rather than continue their trek South for the Winter.

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.

 

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