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South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park Figure 8

First Cactus Flower of the Year
First Cactus Flower of the Year
This was the first cactus flower I saw this year. Further down the trail, I saw more but there were still lots of unopened flowers on the cactus pads.
User: MikeHikes - 4/15/2017

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.90 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes


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

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.6 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area       3.3 miles

Temps 70 to start, 76 at end.  Overcast, humid and steady South wind.

Lots of people in the park today - RV's in almost all the spots, kids on bikes, runners, hikers and bikers on the trails.  Trails dry and easy to hike but vegetation covers them in spots.  Saw my first cactus flower, as well as my first lizard, of the year on this hike.  

Did the hike in sandals (Teva Hurricane XLT) and had no problems.  The vast majority of the trails are rocky so I usually get about 400-500 miles out of a pair of sandals before the rocks feel like they are coming through the soles and the sandals are replaced.  Surprisingly, I rarely have any problems with thorns, stickers or rocks while hiking.  I like how my feet stay cool but acknowledge they get DIRTY!!


Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground parking area.

Water and shade available at many campsites alongside the Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets available at the mid-way point.

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

Log Photos:
First Cactus Flower of the Year
First Cactus Flower of the Year

Area around San Angelo State Park

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