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Total Log Entries: 214 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,645.50 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.69 Miles

Average Rating: (4.37)
Average Difficulty: (1.30)
Average Solitude: (4.63)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 2/21/2017

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

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Yellow Flowers have Appeared

These yellow flowers are appearing in greater numbers at the park. Not many bees or bugs yet. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 2/21/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Burkett park > Suzanne's trail > Roller Coaster> West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout      5.2 miles

Return Cougar Lookout > serice roads (WSW) > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     3.0 miles

Temp 60 at start, 79 at end, steady WNW breeze, sunny.

Very leisurely hike along mostly dry trails.  The intoxicating smell of blooming agarita bush was in the air!  To me it smells like dust, mesquite smoke and honey - I wish they sold it in a can!

Trails are easy to traverse as the vegetation has not yet grown.  LOTS of Black Throated Sparrows and White Crowned Sparrows are out.  Many of the birds are singing as they look for mates.  Not much else to report but all in all, it was a very pleasant hike.

NOTES

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

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

Shade and info kiosk available at Cougar Lookout

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett park
San Angelo State Park - 2/17/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out      Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park      3.4 miles

Return  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area (plus cleanup on two trails)    4.5 miles

Temp at the beginning of the hike was 50, at the end of the hike 59, sunny and strong breeze.

A leisurely hike on damp trails.  I picked up trash while hiking and after my main hike ended, I revisited a couple of trails to gather more trash the recent fires have uncovered.  Most of the trash is old bottles and cans - unfortunately, there was quite a bit of broken glass as well.  

Talley Valley has some severe erosion in parts so caution is advised.  The trail has a slight incline in spots so with all the rocks in the trail and the recent rains we've had, the soil is a little loose and could contribute to a fall.

Not many birds out today - I did see a couple of raptors flying around so that may be the reason.

The majority of the trails are still in good shape and the vegetation has not yet started to grow so they are easy to see.  Snake warnings are already out although I have not seen any.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park to Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 2/10/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats> Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park       3.8 miles

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

Leg 3 - Playground parkng area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Temps in the low 60's to start and mid-70's to end, Strong West wind, and sunny.

Leisurely hike along dry, hard packed dirt and rock trails.  Not too many birds out today, perhaps because of the wind.  Picked up two bags of trash and found a couple of piles of cans I'll get on another day.

Not much else to say except pick up any trash you find and make sure you don't leave any yourself.

NOTES

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

Water, shade, info kioska nd dry toilets available at Burkett Park.

Water and shade available at multiple campsites alongside Roadrunner Loop.  At the mid-point of the Loop there is a toilet as well.

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 2/6/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park     3.7 miles

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

Leg 3 - Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.8 miles

Temps started at 60 and ended at 75, overcast but became sunny, steady West wind.

Walked along some trails I haven't been on since the controlled burn of a few months ago.  LOTS of the vegetation has been burned and the trails, with a few exceptions, are in much better condition, are easy to locate and traverse. The fires also made visible trash from the past when the present day trails were part of the lake bed - I picked up two bags full within the first hour of hiking.  Frustrating BUT once it's picked up, it's GONE!

There were numerous birds out and about, even though it's early Feb, it seems Spring is just around the corner. 

Saw a pair of grey foxes walking along the Winding Snake trail and took a few photos (attached). When the fox saw me it didn't panic but took a detour into the brush very calmly.

 Saw a couple of hikers and a few mountain bikers otherwise, it was just me walking, listening to the birds signing and the wind blowing.  A very enjoyable day.

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 Lower Ghost Camp
San Angelo State Park - 2/2/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out    Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur > Dinosaur Track Area > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Badlands> River  Bend > Lower Ghost Camp      4.2 miles

Return Lower Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > service road (N) > North Scenic Loop > service road (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    2.4 miles

Temps in the low 50's, sunny with wispy clouds, steady North wind.

A month or so ago, controlled fires burned some of the vegetation and cleared the trails.  Trails are dry and fairly hard packed now.  LOTS of birds out especially Cardinals and Woodpeckers.  Not much else going on but it was a good hike nonetheless.

NOTES

Water available at the campground by Bell's Trailhead.

Water, shade and info kiosk at Dinosaur Track Viewing area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Ghost Camp.  CAUTION - dry toilets are old and rarely used, be careful if you have to sit on one!!

 

Dry trails