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Total Log Entries: 399 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,195.80 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 8.01 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.28)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.05)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.63)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 5/16/2021

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

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Not all of the trails are dirt! Lots of rock as well as some inclines. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

North Shore - Parking Lot to Badlands Loop
San Angelo State Park - 5/16/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 - North parking lot > Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > DInosaur Tracks Viewing Area > DInosaur > shortcut to Upper Big Hill > Upper Big Hill > Badlands 2.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Badlands > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead > North parking lot   2.7 miles

Temp low 70's to start, min-80's at end.  SUnny with light wind.

Easy hike along familiar trails.  Spent time at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area but in general just walked along the trails looking at cactus blossoms and bugs.

 

 

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and Back
San Angelo State Park - 5/10/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead, Trail;head to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > service road (S) > Badlands > River Bend > Javalina > Cougar Overlook    6.5 miles

Leg 2 -   Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > River Bend (N) > Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     4.1 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 86.  Sunny then partly cloudy, slight but steady breeze for most of the hike.

A very good hike along trails that are easy to see but with vegetation starting to cover in places.  Wildflowers are blooming now as are my first of the year cactus flowers as well as a batch of Lace Cactus blooms.  Also saw my first of the year big snake - a 4+ foot long non-rattler.  I also spotted a single feral hog when I reached Cougar Overlook at glanced at the nearly dry North Concho River.

I founbd a juvenile racoon trapped in the dumpster when I arrived at 0700.  I put some branches in so he could climb out and went on my hike.  When I returned almost 5 hours later, he was still scared and huddled in teh dumpster.  I put in more branches and called the park office - they said they would send a ranger out to rescue him so I hope that went well.

There were a few people on the trails but for the vast majority of time, I was alone. 

NOTES

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

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

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

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

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook loop
San Angelo State Park - 5/5/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.0 miles

Leg 2 - Cougar Overlook > Flintstone > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.0 miles

Temp started at 50, ended at 77.  Sunny with a steady 5-10mph breeze.

Easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails.  Saw the first snake of the year (photo attached) and six different lizards as well as deer and two Grey Foxes.  Birds were out, mostly various types of sparrows, but there were other birds as well.  Some wildflowers remain but I missed seeing the Lace Cactus bloom. There are lots of what appear to be cactus flower buds.  If they are, there will be a lot of flowers in the park when the cactus bloom.  Should be quite a colorful show!

NOTES

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 4/25/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett park     3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.0 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral Trail > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Temps started at 55, ended at 86.  Sunny, steady 10-15mph South winds with gusts.

A nice hike along dry and easy to traverse trails. The birds are singing for mates but the number of birds are not as great as in past years.  The only animals spotted were a pair of Jack Rabbits (photo attached).  Understandably, there were a lot of folks on the trails today!

NOTES

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

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

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop #2
San Angelo State Park - 4/18/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 4.70 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Same info as my last hike - just another day and with not as many detours.  Only thing noteworthy - the first Lace Cactus bloom of 2021 was spotted (photo attached).