San Angelo State Park

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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Walking along Shady Trail
A lone raccoon walked along the opposite side of the river at the water's edge. Once he found his trail, he went up the hill and disappeared. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Don't Sleep on the Trail!
This small Horned Toad was asleep right in the middle of the trail. Rather than have a bicycle tire kill him, I woke him up and moved him into the grass. (Photo by MikeHikes)
The Only Cicada Spotted
With all the news about the 17 year cicadas, this was the only cicada I've seen while hiking. Perhaps he's the advance scout. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Bee Bush is for more than Bees
A fly also likes to taste the Bee Bush nectar - it smells like vanilla! (Photo by MikeHikes)
First Coral Snake I've seen
Walking along Roadrunner Loop around 1030 and saw this Texas Long-nosed Snake. I used a branch to move him off the trail - he lifted his tail and acted as if it had rattles! After his demo of strength, he leisurely slithered away. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Hunter and Prey
With the cactus blossoms opening, there are a number of bugs who will wait for pollinators to visit the bloom. One will die so the other may live - just the way it is. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A BIG Snake!
First large snake spotted on the trails for 2021. I saw him lying perpendicular to the Lower Ghost Camp trail around 1100 or so. No threatening moves made but I scooted him away from the trail and he slowly slithered off. (Photo by MikeHikes)
First snake spotted for 2021
A Ring-necked snake was lying on the trail - it was about as wide as a bootlace and when I got closer for another photo, it straightened, making it about 10-12 inches long, then quickly disappeared. (Photo by MikeHikes)
One of the Two Jack Rabbits Spotted Today
This is one of the Jack Rabbits spotted while hiking - it's partner was on the other side of the trail and as soon as I got this photo, they both took off. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Lace Cactus Bloom
First one spotted for 2021. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Brown Headed Cowbirds
Not a very popular bird but nonetheless, a very commonly sighted one. No other birds were building nests yet so they may have to wait awhile before laying their eggs. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Just Waiting
This group of Turkey Vultures was the largest gathering of any kind of wildlife spotted today. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Short Route
By MikeHikes on 6/14/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Temp started at 72, ended at 69.  Overcast and some light rain, northerly winds at times were strong but mostly non-existent. 

Not much to say about this one - saw a fox on Javalina, a hummingbird and a raccoon at Shady Trail.  Hike cut short by potential bad weather but I hiked along the river trails and came back almost the same way.

 

 

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 6/9/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Cougar Overlook     3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (W) > River Bend Trail (S) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek Trail   3.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Potts Creek Trail (ENE) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    1.6 miles

Temp started at 78, ended at 88.  Overcast, humid with steady Southerly breeze at 10mph.

Today was Reptile Day!  Saw a small rattler (about 18 inches long and with three sets of rattles), a box turtle about the size of my hand, a Horned Toad the size of my index finger and a Texas Spotted Lizard about 10-12 inches long.  There were some birds out but not many no animals spotted other than a few javelina as I drove in and a pair a Jack Rabbits later on.

The trails were dry and easy to traverse; there were a few spots with vegetation covering them but not many.  The cactus are still blooming and a few beebush plants have survived the winter and are very fragrant. Lots of flying bugs out in the cactus blossoms and other wild flowers.  Grasshoppers are becoming more numerous as well.

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 Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/6/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.0 miles

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

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.8 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 80.  Cloudy for Leg 1, sunny for Legs 2 & 3.  Steady SSW breeze about 10mph.

Easy hike along dry and familiar trails.  Last week the cactus flowers and wildflowers were prolific; not so much this time.  On a positive note - I saw a small Horned Toad, a yellow billed cuckoo, a solitary javelina, a single cicada, numerous lizards as well as the usual suspects of birds.  Because of the recent rains, some of the trails are in need of a haircut so caution is advised especially when trying to avoid stepping on a snake or horned toad.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at Playground parking area - the toilet is temporarily OUT OF SERVICE.

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction loop
By MikeHikes on 5/28/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   4.2 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 78.  Overcast then mostly cloudy.  Light breeze.

Nice hike along dry to slightly damp trails.  Flowers still abundant as are the cactus blossoms.  Saw some Bee Bush flowers for the first time this year.  A family of javalinas crossed the road as I drove in, cottontail and Jack rabbits were spotted and later a solitary male Painted Bunting. 

A skunk was stuck under a cattle guard at the entrance to West Potts Creek - rangers were on their way to rescue him when I departed.

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 and back + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/24/2021
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.30 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > 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     3.0 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 78. Overcast until last 1/2 mile then sunny.  Light and steady Southerly breeze at 5mph.

A very nice hike today!  Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse although there were some portions of Tasajilla Flats, Lanky Lackey and Winding Snake that are getting quite a bit of vegetation on them so caution is advised due to snakes.  No rattlers spotted but I did see my first Texas Long-nosed Snake (photo attached) on Roadrunner Loop.  Prickly Pear cactus blooms and all kinds of wildflowers are VERY plentiful but I didn't see any Lace Cactus flowers this time.

Quite a few birds out singing and flying about. Scissortails, hawks, nighthawks, sparrows, etc.  Animals were also diverse seeing Jack Rabbits, Cottontail Rabbits, deer and a lone Turkey hen.  Non-mammals were the snake, lizards and a large (12 inch or more wide and heavy) tortise sitting in the middle of a trail until I picked him up and moved him into the grassy area.

Overall, it was one of the better hikes I've had in quite awhile!

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 along Roadrunner at the nearby campsites.  Toilets also available at a few locations.

North Shore - Parking Lot to Badlands Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/16/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 - North parking lot > Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > DInosaur Tracks Viewing Area > DInosaur > shortcut to Upper Big Hill > Upper Big Hill > Badlands 2.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Badlands > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead > North parking lot   2.7 miles

Temp low 70's to start, min-80's at end.  SUnny with light wind.

Easy hike along familiar trails.  Spent time at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area but in general just walked along the trails looking at cactus blossoms and bugs.

 

 

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 5/10/2021
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead, Trail;head to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > service road (S) > Badlands > River Bend > Javalina > Cougar Overlook    6.5 miles

Leg 2 -   Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > River Bend (N) > Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     4.1 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 86.  Sunny then partly cloudy, slight but steady breeze for most of the hike.

A very good hike along trails that are easy to see but with vegetation starting to cover in places.  Wildflowers are blooming now as are my first of the year cactus flowers as well as a batch of Lace Cactus blooms.  Also saw my first of the year big snake - a 4+ foot long non-rattler.  I also spotted a single feral hog when I reached Cougar Overlook at glanced at the nearly dry North Concho River.

I founbd a juvenile racoon trapped in the dumpster when I arrived at 0700.  I put some branches in so he could climb out and went on my hike.  When I returned almost 5 hours later, he was still scared and huddled in teh dumpster.  I put in more branches and called the park office - they said they would send a ranger out to rescue him so I hope that went well.

There were a few people on the trails but for the vast majority of time, I was alone. 

NOTES

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

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

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycl repair station 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 5/5/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.0 miles

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

Temp started at 50, ended at 77.  Sunny with a steady 5-10mph breeze.

Easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails.  Saw the first snake of the year (photo attached) and six different lizards as well as deer and two Grey Foxes.  Birds were out, mostly various types of sparrows, but there were other birds as well.  Some wildflowers remain but I missed seeing the Lace Cactus bloom. There are lots of what appear to be cactus flower buds.  If they are, there will be a lot of flowers in the park when the cactus bloom.  Should be quite a colorful show!

NOTES

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 4/25/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.0 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral Trail > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Temps started at 55, ended at 86.  Sunny, steady 10-15mph South winds with gusts.

A nice hike along dry and easy to traverse trails. The birds are singing for mates but the number of birds are not as great as in past years.  The only animals spotted were a pair of Jack Rabbits (photo attached).  Understandably, there were a lot of folks on the trails today!

NOTES

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

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

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop #2
By MikeHikes on 4/18/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Same info as my last hike - just another day and with not as many detours.  Only thing noteworthy - the first Lace Cactus bloom of 2021 was spotted (photo attached).

 

 

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