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Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and Back
User: MikeHikes - 3/3/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out      -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead w/Detours (N) > Cougar Overlook         3.7 miles

Return  -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WSW) > River Bend (S) > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground (S) > Bell's Point > Playground > Potts Creek (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park.

Temps started at 40, ended at 72.  SW breeze blew steadily and increased in intensity.  Sunny with very few clouds.

All trails were dry and easy to traverse.  Today, I hiked along some trails I normally don't use. As far as animals - today I spotted six deer as well as a healthy fox (photo attached).  Birds - there were a number of Turkey Vultures circling overhead, a few songbirds as well as a Loggerhead Shrike and the usual Mockingbirds.  Spring is coming so hopefully the bird and animal population will rebound from the intense cold we experienced a few weeks ago.

Nothing else was going so I'll just say, today's hike was simply a very pleasant walk in the park.

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.

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park
User: MikeHikes - 2/27/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 2/8/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 2/4/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 1/29/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 1/15/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 1/9/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 1/5/2021  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 12/18/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 12/12/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 12/7/2020  [View Log Page]
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.

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park Loop
User: MikeHikes - 12/4/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Out     -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park       3.4 miles

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

Temps started at 22, ended at 43.  Sunny, light wind, COLD for the first two hours then gradually "warmed up" to 43.

First seriously cold weather hike of the season.  I had to wear wind pants, field jacket, gloves and balaclava.  Surprisingly, there were quite a few deer out and birds, including raptors, made an appearance as they hunted for food or just to stay warm. Near Burkett park, I saw some American Goldfinches in their winter plumage.  Frost was on much of the vegetation and the water troughs were frozen, but I found no slick spots on the trails.  Even though it was cold, it was 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.

 

 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and back
User: MikeHikes - 11/23/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 50 minutes

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

Return -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > River Bend > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > 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 45, ended at 64.  Overcast until the last 2 miles then partly cloudy.  Cool, southerly wind at 10 mph.

A great hike today!  I saw two Bobcats on the North Concho River at Shady Trail, quite a few deer as well as numerous birds including a Belted Kingfisher (photo attached) that I'd spotted on my last hike.  The Bobcats were on the opposite shore from me and were just starting to get a drink when there was a loud SNAP!; they both ran up the embankment like bullets and were gone.  The noise was created by the longhorns who came down to get their morning drink as well.

The Kingfisher was near the River Bend Campground and seems to have staked that part of the river as his territory.  I saw him a few weeks back but couldn't get a photo. This time I was better prepared and got a few good pictures.  He was very spooky and wouldn't let me get close so what I got was the best I could get.

Trails were dry and easy to traverse.  There were quite a few equestrians camped at the north shore campground but I didn't see anyone else on the trails.

NOTES

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

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook
User: MikeHikes - 11/19/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out    --  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    5.7 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > Flintstone > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     3.1 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 70.  Overcast with fairly consistent, 15-20 mph South wind. 

Peaceful hike along easy to see, dry trails.  Only animals spotted were a javalina and a whitetail deer. Some birds were out and stayed pretty low to the ground.  One notable bird sighting was a group of Meadowlarks - the first sighting of this bird at the park this Fall. I passed two other hikers during the four hours I was out on the trails so it was not crowded; all in all, the hike was a very quiet and peaceful walk in Nature.

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 Loop
User: MikeHikes - 11/8/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

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 > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > Playground parking area    4.0 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 65.  Overcast with steadily rising wind from the South.

Uneventful hike along dry and mostly groomed trails.  A few places on different trails need to have some vegetation cut but the trail is easily visible.  I saw six deer at the beginning of the hike and no other animals.  The few birds that were out, stayed very low to the ground except for the Mockingbirds.  Being Sunday, there were quite a few people using the trails and perhaps thats why the animals and birds stayed hidden for the majority of the time I hiked.

NOTES

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

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

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
User: MikeHikes - 11/2/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Out     -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > service road (SW) > Rocky Creek Trail > service road (S) > North Scenic Loop > service road (S) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (ENE) > Cougar Overlook      4.9 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina > River Bend (NW) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > service road (NE) > Bell's Trailhead    5.3 miles

Temp started at 38, ended at 68.  Sunny, very light breeze.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Some deer out at the beginning of the hike but they disappeared quickly and no other animals seen until the end of the hike when I saw a grey fox on the Big Hill. Bird activity was not too busy although I saw a Rufous Sided Towhee as well as a Loggerhead Shrike and a Kingfisher. 

A good hike but nothing exciting happened.

NOTES

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

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

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

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

 

South Shore Roadrunner Loop then Playground to Burkett Loop
User: MikeHikes - 10/20/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 10/13/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 10/7/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 10/1/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 9/25/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 9/16/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 9/7/2020  [View Log Page]
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
User: MikeHikes - 9/3/2020  [View Log Page]
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.

 


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