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Total Log Entries: 223 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,722.90 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.73 Miles

Average Rating: (4.36)
Average Difficulty: (1.27)
Average Solitude: (4.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 4/15/2017

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

Photos

Flood Victim ?

This guy might have drown during the last heavy rainfall. No visible wounds so it was either the rain or old age. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 4/15/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 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!!

NOTES

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.

Park Mid-Section Burkett park to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 4/7/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Out     Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (E) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Lookout       6.0 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > service road (WNW) > River Bend (S) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett trail > Burkett park    4.8 miles

Temps 55 to start and 70 at end, sunny with wispy clouds and strong SW winds.

A windy hike today!  Trails are dry and easy to traverse, some vegetation has encroached on the trails but they are still easy to see.  Watch for snakes!

Saw a Grey Fox on Flintstone trail but no photo.  LOTS of wildflowers have bloomed and the Bee Brush continues to put forth lots of small white flowers which perfumed the air with the scent of vanilla.

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

Shade and info kiosk available at Cougar Lookout.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction.

South Shore Roadrunner Loop Fitness Hike
San Angelo State Park - 4/6/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.60 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

Route   Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area       1.6 miles

Temp in low 70's, sunny and light breeze.

Fitness hike on a portion of the Loop.  Saw a Vermillion Flycatcher, White Crowned Sparrows, Curved Bill Thrashers, Mockingbirds.  No animal activity.  The trail is mostly hard packed dirt with rocks.  Portions are overgrown with grass and wild flowers but the trail is easy to find and traverse.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground Parking Area.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 3/31/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out       Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout        5.8 miles

Return   Cougar Lookout > Javalina > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > service road (NW) > Scenic Loop > service road (WNW) > Rocky Creek > service road (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.7 miles

Temps started at 75 ended at 91, sunny, breezy.

Dinosaur Trail and portions of Badlands Trail need to be groomed - the grass and flowers are covering portions of the trails.  While that might not sound like much, the wildflowers attract bees.  I was not stung but there were LOTS of bees buzzing around for quite awhile as I walked Dinosaur Trail.  Additionally, rattlesnakes have been sighted - I have NOT seen one this year.

The hike itself was a good one - I saw lots of lots of yellow flowers and numerous butterflies as well as a Hummingbird Moth (photo attached).  I was surprised when I saw numerous, but not all, Lace cactus blooming.

There were few birds out for some reason although I saw no raptors overhead - the wind was blowing pretty strong so maybe that's the reason.

Although this hike was uneventful, it was pleasant nonetheless.

NOTES

Water available at Bell's Trailhead - look in the campsites for a faucet. THERE IS NO WATER UNTIL YOU GET TO THE RIVER BEND GHOST CAMP ON THE RETURN LEG.

Info kiosk and shade available at the Dinosaur Tracks viewing area. NO WATER AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Info kiosk and shade available at Cougar Lookout.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at the River Bend Ghost Camp.  USE CAUTION AT THE TOILETS DUE TO INSECTS.

 

 

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 3/24/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park        3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > 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 start at 60's end in mid-70's, sunny, steady breeze with STRONG gusts.

Dry trails, easy to traverse.  Some portions of Tasajilla Flats have been groomed recently.  The grass continues to grow covering last year's controlled burns and the Bee Brush is finally producing small white flowers and vanilla scent.  The agarita bushes, although a health green, have already lost their blooms so there is no smell from them.

Saw lots of birds including a Vermillion Flycatcher (photo attached) - the first one this year.  I also saw a coyote laying on West Potts Creek trail but when he saw me raise my camera, he was off and running.  A little while later on Winding Snake Trail near Burkett park, I saw a grey fox but when I saw him, he saw me at the same time and bolted into the brush.  Oh well, no photos were taken but seeing them both on the same hike was nice!

Was told the rattlers are out but I didn't see any.  Still, I recommend you always watch where you step as you enjoy the trails.

NOTES

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

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