San Angelo State Park

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50.00 Miles
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$4.00
4stars (4.29)385
1star (1.02)
4point5stars (4.64)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
Looking for food
There was almost no bird activity so this Kestrel might go hungry for awhile. (Photo by MikeHikes)
May I Help You?
A Curve-billed Thrasher resting on the barbed wire fence who just has that kind of look. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Lone Tree
Officially, we're not in a drought but ..... (Photo by MikeHikes)
PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF!
No matter how small the item is, trash is trash. It's not good to look at on the trails or for the wildlife. Don't know what animal ingested this green string but if it had become entangled in the intestines ...... NOT GOOD! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Snow Melt Fills Frog Pond
Recent snows have melted and partially filled a previously dried up pond called "Frog Pond" that had a large population of .... FROGS! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Foggy Morning
A cold, foggy and frosty morning for a hike. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Playground Trail
A very small piece of the Playground Trail. Not all rock and not all dirt, just a long scenic trail. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Young pair of Deer
I hope the buck gets to grow his antlers before he's shot. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Jack Rabbit
Took no photos on this hike but here's one from an earlier hike at the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Lots of Cardinals seen today!
What seemed to be an unusually large number of male Cardinals were spotted today. Mostly near the North Scenic Loop area although some were seen in other locations. Beautiful birds! (Photo by MikeHikes)
First of the season!
This is one of the American Goldfinches I saw this morning. They usually pass through the park and continue further South. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Belted Kingfisher!
Perhaps they're common but I see them rarely so it was an occasion when I spotted this guy. He made many trips up and down the stretch of river but I never saw him with a fish. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park
By MikeHikes on 2/27/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out     -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lankey Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett park    4.0 miles

Return -  Burkett PArk > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area     3.5 miles

Temp started at 50, ended at 60.  Foggy with light wind from SW.

Easy hike along dry to damp trails.  Bird activity was almost non-existent - probably due to the recent bitterly cold weather and snow but there were a few birds out (photo attached).  Saw a few mountain bikers, hikers and a trail runner; otherwise, it was quiet.  Nothing else to report.

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.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 2/8/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Out     -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > dirt service road (W) > River Bend (S) > Javalina > Cougar Overlook    3.9 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > River Bend (N) > Badlands > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Bell's Trailhead   6.0 miles

Temp started at 43, ended at 71.  Light winds from the SSW at 10-15mph.

Very pleasant hike today.  A small herd of deer were spotted as I drove in but otherwise, animal activity was zero!  I saw turtles, a few ducks, a large raptor and some smaller songbirds including a Bluebird but only got a few photos.  One mountain biker and one hiker were the only humans who shared the trails with me.  The trails are still dry and easy to see.  There are a few green shoots on the mesquites so Spring will be here before you know it.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 2/4/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Trail > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   3.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.9 miles

Temps started at 57, ended at 68.  SW winds at 10-15mph shifting to NW 20-25mph. Partly cloudy.

A pleasant but uneventful hike along dry and easy to see and traverse trails.  Warmer weather for a few days so there were more peopl on the trails than usual.  NO animals of any kind were spotted.  I could hear birds singing but the vast majority of them were staying very low.  Nothing else to report.

NOTES

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

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

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 1/29/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Out     -  Burkett Park > Ws to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook       5.9 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.1 miles

Temp started at 38, ended at 58.  Overcast with SW winds starting at 0 and growing to 15-20 mph.  At the end of the hike, some sunlight shone.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails. Overcast, cold day made the vast majority of birds and animals to stay in place. I saw a pack of 20-25 javalinas at the beginning of the hike when I was on Rollercoaster Trail.  First, a javalina was startled by my approach and jumped up, then I noticed others were on both sides of the trail. I tried to not frighten them and let them regroup as I moved slowly forward and was able to pass the majority of them without causing them to panic.  

I saw a lone raptor fly overhead and saw a Loggerhead Shrike sitting on a branch. One other bird of note - on the way back, I spotted a single Robin perched on the top of a tree - this Robin was the first I've seen at the park in a long time. When I brought my camera up for a photo, he took off.

Much trash was picked up and I decided to include a photo to illustrate the reason people should pick up after themselves. I pick up whatever trash I find while hiking, not only for aesthetic reasons but because of the harm the smallest item of trash can do to the wildlife.

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park and back
By MikeHikes on 1/15/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 50 minutes

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

Return -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.5 miles

Temp started at 31, ended at 50.  Sunny, no clouds with NW wind increasing from 5mph to 15mph.

Temperatures gradually warmed above freezing which caused the change in trail conditions so the trails were frozen when I started and muddy when I finished the hike.  I spotted a number of whitetail deer and a lone javalina.  Also seen were a couple of red tailed hawks as well as numerous smaller birds.  Nobody else was on the trail so it was a solitary, pleasant, and peaceful 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.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 1/9/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Out      -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > DInosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road to Cougar Overlook > Cougar Overlook     6.0 miles

Return  - Cougar Overlook > Javalina > River Bend (N) > service road to Lower Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   4.2 miles

Temp started at 29, ended at 41.  Foggy, frosty and overcast majority of the time but gradually cleared a little.  Little to no wind.

A cold, frosty and damp hike for the most part. The trails were covered in frost but otherwise easy to see and traverse.  A few deer were out but very skittish and ran as soon as they saw me.  Not many birds out except for Loggerhead Shrikes - I saw six at various places on the hike. 

A cold, grey day but it was nice to hike in the relative quiet.

NOTES -

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

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.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 1/5/2021
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Out     -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    5.0 miles

Return -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.9 miles

Temp started at 32 and ended at 50.  Sunny with little to no wind.

Uneventful hike along frosty and damp trails.  After the scheduled weekend hunt, the animals were pretty scare.  I saw a lone doe as I drove in then spotted a small herd of five deer about two hours later - when the herd saw me from a distance, they went running!  Later, a lone javalina burst from the brush about 20 yards in front of me and quickly disappeared.  I saw a few birds here and there but it was just the usual suspects.

The trails were easy to see and traverse so although there wasn't much wildlife about, it was still a good way to stretch the legs for my first hike of 2021!

Total miles hiked  (prior to this hike)  - 3038.1.

Total hikes logged (prior to this hike) - 380

Average distance  (prior to this hike)  - 8.0 miles

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 Roadrunner Loop and Playground to Isabel Harte and Back
By MikeHikes on 12/18/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area       3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > park road to Isabel Harte > Chaparral > Playground parking area    4.3 miles

Temps started at 44, ended at 50.  Overcast then partly sunny.  Winds from SW increased from 5mph to 15-20mph at the end of the hike.

Easy hike along dry trails.  Wind kept almost all the animals in their shelters except for one pair of deer (photo attached),  Scheduled hunt coming up in a few weeks - best of luck to the deer. Some birds were out so I saw Meadowlarks, Black Throated Sparrows, White Crowned Sparrows and others.  No exciting events just a nice hike on a windy day.

NOTES

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

Water, shade, and toilets available at campsites along the Roadrunner Loop.

 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 12/12/2020
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 6.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Route -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Badlands > park road to River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     6.3 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 55.  Partly cloudy, then mostly sunny with intermittent winds at about 10 mph.

Easy hike along familiar, dry trails.  Large numbers of people were camping as well as being on the trails.  Consequently, no animals and only a few birds were spotted while hiking. 

Good that people are using the park but too many of them are leaving trash; by the end of my hike, I had picked up a fairly large bag of items found on  or near, the trails. If you bring it in, pack it out!

NOTES

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

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

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Dinosaur Tracks Viewin Area on Dinosaur Trail.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground and back
By MikeHikes on 12/7/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: N/A

Out     -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Rock Creek Trail > service road > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Badlands > park road (NE) > River Bend Campground    3.0 miles

Return -  River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead    1.7 miles

Temp started at 32, ended around 50.  Sunny with light wind.

Easy hike combined with a photo hunt.  Wanted to see the Bobcats and/or Kingfisher again so took our time looking for both.  The bobcats were not found although we saw deer and lots of birds.  The Kingfisher was spotted on the return leg but no real photos were taken due to distance.  Although we didn't photograph what we wanted to, a hike is always a good thing.

NOTES

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

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

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