MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 486 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,877.80 Miles (Rank: 1st)
Average Distance: 7.98 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.23)
Average Difficulty: halfstar (0.98)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 12/5/2022

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

Photos
Mythical White Deer

For years I heard about a mythical "White Deer" at the park - on this hike, I saw it for the first time. [San Angelo State Park]
Log Entries
South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 12/5/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 68.  Steady SSW Wind 10-15mph, Partly cloudy to mostly sunny.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Saw some deer near the park entrance as they learned the South Shore was a sanctuary during last weekend's hunt at the North and mid-sections of the park.

I was surprised to see a flock of about 50 American Robins (photo attached) on Lanky Lackey near the dried creek.  Robins are present in the city but this is the first time I've seen them in the Southern portion of the park. There used to be a year round colony at the North Shore but they disappeared some years back - perhaps these Robins will decide to stay rather than continue their trek South for the Winter.

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.

 

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Big Loop
San Angelo State Park - 11/29/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction    4.2 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Potts Creek (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.4 miles

Temp started at 54, ended at 68.  Sunny with steady SSW breeze at 5-15mph.

Five days ago, we received a much needed slow, steady, soaking rain.  All trails were easy to see and traverse but were from damp to muddy depending on where the trail went.  There were very few animals out - a few deer spotted while driving in (photo attached) - and there were only a few birds out.  It was a pleasant, quiet hike so no complaints from me!

NOTES

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

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 Big Loop
San Angelo State Park - 11/10/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area   4.1 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 75.  Overcast then partly cloudy with a steady SSW breeze at 10mph.

An easy hike along dry easy to see and traverse trails. 

The Mid and Northern sections of the park were closed for hunting.  A few birds were spotted including a Loggerhead Shrike and a pair of adult turkeys near the end of the hike.  Two does were the only animals we saw.  All in all a quiet peaceful hike!

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 are available at Burkett Park.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 11/2/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.70 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > trailhead to Trailhead > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground   1.7 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    2.0 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 75.  Sunny and light constant SW breeze.

Easy hike with friends.  We saw a Belted Kingfisher (photo attached) at the watering hole on Shady Trail.  A few deer survived last week's hunt and were seen as we drove in.  A couple of hawks were out but otherwise not many birds and no other animals were present.  The wind brought in pollen and/or dust which fired up my allergies - not good but nonetheless, any hike is a good one.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/26/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.7 miles

Temp started at 42, ended around 65.  Sunny and cold at first then warmed up.

A leisurely hike along dry and familiar trails.  Not much went on but I did see Meadowlarks (photo attached) and Scissortail Flycatchers which were nice.  Otherwise, the trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.  An uneventful but enjoyable hike.

NOTES

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

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