MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 371 (Rank: 3rd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,968.30 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 8.00 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.30)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.08)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.64)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 10/20/2020

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

Photos

Rattler by the Signpost

This rattler was about 4-5 feet long and seemed thick. I counted nine sets of buttons on his tail; they didn't rattle at us so it was a good encounter. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Roadrunner Loop then Playground to Burkett Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/20/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area       3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area       3.2 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 75.  Overcast until Leg 3, then partly cloudy.  Liittle to no wind for the entire hike.

An easy hike along dry trails. I started early hoping to see more wildlife but I was disappointed - there were lots of whitetail deer but that was it. The few birds that were out kept to the low scrub for most of the hike. There were a few Monarchs but it looks like the majority have left the area.  Not much went on so will stop here.

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.

Water, shade and a few toilets available along Roadrunner Loop in the campsites and bathhouses.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/13/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 11.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

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

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > River Bend Trail (S) > 5 Points Junction   2.7 miles

Leg 3 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.5 miles

Temp started at 50 and ended at 80.  Sunny with light wind.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  There was not much activity out today even though I started just before sunrise. Bird activity was minimal but I saw a Great Horned Owl as I was driving in, a Jack Rabbit that ran in front of me but wasn't hit and a number of deer watching me drive into the park.  An equestrian I spoke to on the trail, told me she saw about 30 javalina crossing a park road earlier in the day but I wasn't so lucky.

I saw some deer here and there as I hiked but otherwise, it was a long but photo-less hike.

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.

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/7/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Out     -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park   3.2 miles

Return -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area  3.6 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 75.  Sunny with very light, intermittent breeze.

Easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails.  Not much animal activity but the bird activity was much better!  At the beginning of the hike, we saw a Great Horned Owl that I photographed.  After walking along Winding Snake Trail, there was a Loggerhead Shrike sharing a tree with a Mockingbird - not a usual sight; once the Loggerhead flew, the Mockingbird was in hot pursuit.  Finally as we neared Burkett Park, a flash of color in the juniper bush caught our attention and I was able to photograph a Wilson's Warbler (photo attached) as he and his mate were passing through the area on their way to the Yucatan.  At this moment, a hurricane is heading toward Yucatan so they may want to delay their departure and stay a little while longer.

NOTES

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

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

 

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 10/1/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek (1st segment) > Armadillo Ridge service road (NNE) > Playground Trail     3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground Trail (N) > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction   2.0 miles

Leg 3 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo Ridge service road (NNE) > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.3 miles

Temps started at 60, ended at 81.  Sunny, very light breeze.

Easy and uneventful hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  A few deer were out when I started but not as many as I usually see.  The lemonmint flowers are becoming more numerous and there is a surprising bloom of bee bush which pleasantly scents the air with vanilla.  I saw a few mountain bikers at Burkett Park but only saw 1 on the trails.  Hiking along, smelling the vanilla scented bee bush, feeling the sun and breeze - nothing better!!

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.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 9/25/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Out    -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > DInosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook       6.3 miles

Return - Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    3.6 miles

Temp started at 58, ended at 80. Sunny, no clouds, very light SW breeze.

An easy, peaceful hike along damp then dry trails.  Numerous deer were out and a solitary owl was seen (photo attached) as I drove into the park.  Some birds were out but nothing unusual to report; just a pleasant, peaceful hike in the state park with no crowds to disturb me.

NOTES

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

Water, shade, and info kiosk available at Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

Info kiosk, shade and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

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