MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 394 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,155.40 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 8.01 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.28)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.06)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.63)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 4/8/2021

Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.

Photos

AWACS Overhead

Don't normally see one of these while hiking. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
San Angelo State Park - 4/8/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Norht Scenic Loop > trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > service road (WSW) > River Bend Trail (N)   3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Trail (N) > Badlands > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead    2.5 miles

Temp started at 48, ended at 87!, Sunny, very light SW wind.

Easy hike along dry and easy traverse trails.  Cold start but the temperture warmed up raipidly!  More birds were singing but no wildlife was seen.  More flowers are beginning to bloom, mostly yellows, with a few blue/purple flowers.  I also saw individual Indian Blankets here and there.  Another sign of Spring - at a couple of places along the trail, I caught the very faint hint of blooming agaritas bushes but not flowers or buds were seen.

NOTES

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

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

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Loop
San Angelo State Park - 4/3/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 4.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground      1.9 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Campground > park road (WSW) > Badlands > service road (WNW) > Dinosaur (N) > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead         2.3 miles

Temp started at 50, ended at 54.  Overcast, light wind. 

A short hike on an overcast day.  Large number of tent campers at the Equestrian camping area and the River Bend Campgrounds. All trails dry and easy to traverse.  Saw a few bats and a few fish while on the Shady Trail.  As for the rest of the hike, there were no animals and very few birds spotted - very minimal activity of wildlife during the entire hike.  I spotted a group of Turkey Vultures on a tree and that was about it. It was a quiet and peaceful stroll along the trails so there were no complaints from me.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Isabel Harte and back
San Angelo State Park - 3/31/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Isabel Harte         2.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Isabel Harte > park road (SW) > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area    3.1 miles

Temp started at 50, ended at 60.  STRONG NNE wind 20-25mph. Overcast but clearing at the end of the hike.

An easy hike along dry and easy to see trails.  Strong winds and the somewhat cold temps, kept all the animals and all but a few birds hunkered down.  Really nothing to report other than the hike was enjoyable!

NOTES

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

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction and back
San Angelo State Park - 3/24/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction      3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek > Rollercoaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   4.4 miles

Temp started at 52, ended at 60.  Overcast with fairly steady 10-15 ENE wind.

A quiet hike today along dry and easy to see trails.  A few deer and a javalina were spotted when I first came to the park but no animals were seen while hiking.  Birds were quiet.  I saw about six quail and a few Turkey Vultures in addition to the male Ladderback woodpecker (photo attached), a few dove and a mocker or two - that was it.  I don't know if the severe weather we experienced a few weeks ago had anything to do with the lack of wildlife or if I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time when I hiked today.

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.

that was not easy to see

South Shore - Isabel Harte to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 3/16/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Isabel Harte Day Use Area > Winding Snake >Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     5.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flate > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Isable Harte Day Use Area     5.6 miles

Temp started at 52, ended at 72.  Overcast with low clouds, then overcast with high clouds.  Steadily increasing SSW wind at 10-15mph.

A crowded day at the park!  Spring Break is going and there were more visitors than usual.  On a positive note there were a lot more birds than last time I visited.  I saw some pairs of birds and a couple of Robins - not an uncommon bird but at the park, very uncommon.  There used to be a large group of Robins that were year-round residents at the North Shore.  For whatever reason, they disappeared so it was unusual to see two Robins near Burkett Park in the South Shore area.  I also saw a male Vermillion Flycatcher - the first of the year.

Trails are in good repair and there is plenty of green grass growing within the park.  A few widely scattered wildflowers were spotted as well as a few cactus with what looked like red peppers on them.  All in all, a god hike.

NOTES

Shade and water available at various campsites in Isabel Harte Day Use Area.

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