South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park Loop

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.
User: MikeHikes - 12/4/2020

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 7.40 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Comments:

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.

 

 



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First of the season!
Area around San Angelo State Park
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