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Total Log Entries: 239 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,878.40 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.86 Miles

Average Rating: (4.34)
Average Difficulty: (1.25)
Average Solitude: (4.60)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 10/14/2017

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

Photos

Pond created by the North Concho River

This is part of the North Concho River but with the water low, it is instead, a small pond. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South SHore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/14/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Out     Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park        6.8 miles

Return Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area        3.3 miles

Temp started at 72 ended at 85, some clouds then sunny, steady breeze, humid.

The trails are well maintained with the exception of Red Dam Loop.  I would advise anyone who is not familiar with it, to avoid it until it can be groomed.

Not many birds out at first although they did make an appearance later in the hike.  No animals or reptiles were seen.  Quite a few Monarch Butterflies were out stopping to eat the blooming Bee Brush.

Quite a few hikers and mountain bikers were out as well.  My allergies kicked in once again so although I enjoyed the hike, I'll be glad when the seasons make a change!

NOTES

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

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

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 10/6/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Out     Bell's Trailhead > service road (S) > Dinosaur > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur > Lower Big Hill > service road > Scenic Loop > service road > Badlands > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout      6.3 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > River Bend (N) >service road (ENE) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp > South SLick Rock > service road (NW) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.4 miles

Temps start at 72 end at 88, humid and cloudy then sunny, steady breeze.

Been awhile since I hiked the North Shore trails!  The trails have been groomed and are easy to traverse.  There were quite a few doves, mockingbirds and scissortail flycatchers out as well as butterflies and a whole lot of GRASSHOPPERS! 

There really wasn't much going on today, just a very slow hike with my allergies showing up in full force. 

On a negative note - I was recently at Glacier National Park and hiked a few trails over a three day period.  In three days, I only found one small scrap of paper on the trails.  Today, as I hiked, I picked up a Walmart bag full of trash - broken glass, old cans, plastic water bottles, GU packets and plastic bag remnants.  I know there were a lot more folks from all over the world who visited Glacier and were respectful enough to not trash up the park.  I'm positive the trash I picked up today is from the "locals" who use the park and think nothing of tossing their garbage along the trails their using.  Just doesn't make sense to me.  Off my soapbox.

NOTES

ALWAYS check with park personnel either by calling or checking their fakebook page before planning to hike - hunting season is coming up and the park is closed to hikers/bikers on certain days.

Water is available in the campground/picnic area by Bell's Trailhead.

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

Shade and info kiosk available at Cougar Lookout.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at the River Bend Ghost Camp. USE CAUTION IF USING THE TOILETS - snakes and bugs.

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 9/23/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours

 

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett Park       3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Lanky Lackey (10 yds) > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett Park      3.6 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area      2.9 miles

Temps start at 75 end at 90, sunny with some clouds, steady South breeze.

Quite a few people out today enjoying the park.  The trails have been groomed fairly recently and with the vegetation dying out somewhat, the trails are easy to see as well as easy to traverse.  Quite a few birds out at the beginning of my hike but as time progressed, there were fewer flying or singing.  Near the end of the hike I photographed a wasp riding a grasshopper.  Don't know if it was successful in stinging the grasshopper as they disappeared into some grasses and I didn't want to disturb them.  Photo attached.

Interesting event as I was driving into the park, a large Grey Fox crossed the road in front of me at a run - he was carrying a mouse or some other small mammal in his mouth.  Of course by the time I stopped the car and grabbed my camera, he was already hidden in the scrub.  I've seen quite a few foxes this year at the park and take it as a sign their population is growing. 

All else about the same at the park.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets 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 - 9/2/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Out      Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster> West Potts Creek > Armadillo (NW) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction         4.5 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett trail > Burkett park    3.7 miles

Temps start at 70 end at 85, slight then steady breeze, sunny, no clouds.

Labor Day weekend brought out a number of people to the park today.  Everyone was polite and cheerful so all was well!  Trails have been groomed in the recent past and were dry and easy to see.

Not much wildlife or birds out although I saw two white tail bucks at the start of the hike.  A negative was the discovery of a dead adult racoon in the open area of 5 Points Junction.  I didn't see any indication of a violent death so wonder if it died from old age or disease.  I left it where it was and told park personnel as I was leaving the park in case they wanted to investigate. 

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 8/29/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park    3.7 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

Temps in the low 80's, sunny with a few clouds, steady light northerly breeze.

Been awhile since I hiked!  Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  Quite a few birds out - the park is beginning to see some of the winter migrating birds come through.  Nothing unusual to report so will make this very brief.

NOTES

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

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