MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 248 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,938.70 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.82 Miles

Average Rating: (4.32)
Average Difficulty: (1.23)
Average Solitude: (4.59)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 12/11/2017

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Photos

Watchful Kingbird

One of the numerous Kingbirds I saw today. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Tasajilla Flats Loop
San Angelo State Park - 12/11/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.30 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Route  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.3 miles

Temps in the upper 30's to start and mid 40's at end, sunny, no wind.

A quiet, easy hike along some trails I'm rarely on.  The trails were dry, in fairly good repair and easy to hike on.  There were some birds out and, as a bonus, we saw a larger than expected number of deer running around; survivors of the recent hunts.

The hike was very pleasant and peaceful.

NOTES

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

 

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 12/10/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.80 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    3.9 miles

Temp start at 40, end at 73.  Sunny with wispy upper level clouds, light wind.

A crowded day at the park!  The warm weather brought out a lot of people today - mountain bikers, hikers and a few trail joggers.  The trails are in good condition, dry and easy to traverse.  Park personnel have groomed a few portions of the trails as well.

Usual birds were out - Mockingbirds, White Crowned Sparrows, Black Throated Sparrows, Pyrrhuloxia, and a few raptors.  No animals except for part of the official Texas Longhorn herd which were in the hiking area near Armadillo Ridge.  Not much to report other than it was a pleasant hike!

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
San Angelo State Park - 11/26/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Return  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area             3.6 miles

Temp start at 50, end at 70, sunny, light southerly wind.

Park was crowded with holiday guests and there were more people on the trails as well.  Trails were in good condition except portions of Red Dam Loop are still overgrown but passable.  Lots of birds out, especially White Crowned Sparrows; seeing more raptors as well.  Also saw a feral cat on Winding Snake.  He was unaware of my presence for a little while but when he saw me, he was off in an instant (photo attached).

All in all, it was a good hike!

NOTES

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

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

Did Everything in One Day
Seminole Canyon State Park - 11/15/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Temps started at 68 ended at 85, foggy then sunny, no wind then North wind.

This is a summary of my day at the park separated into three sections for easy reference.

Leg 1 - Windmill Nature Walk - approx .7 miles roundtrip

This hike starts behind the Visitor Center and ends at the park entrance road approximately .35 miles away; return on said road for a total hike distance of about .7 mile.   The hike meanders along a path filled with identification markers of various plants native to the park.  There is a historical sign near the end of the hike regarding the old windmill (no longer functioning).  Although it is relatively short, you will get a work out hiking up and down the hillside.  

Leg 2 - Fate Bell Cave Tour - approx 1.2 - 2 miles roundtrip

This hike can only be done as a member of the park conducted guided tour ($ - check with the park as to dates and times).  The total distance is about 1.2 miles although we were told it was 2 miles long.  Leisurely hike as you learn about the Native American pictographs the park is known for.  I recommend this tour and advise you to make sure you're wearing comfortable hiking shoes, bring water, and have a good camera!

Leg 3 - Rio Grande and Canyon Rim Trails - my route was 8.1 miles

STRONGLY SUGGEST you get a free park trail map when you go to the Visitor's Center it's easy to read and most important, it's accurate!  

There are no trees in the park but lots of scrub and various cactus which means you will be hiking in the open - an important factor in the summer months.  These trails can be hiked separately or combined (I suggest you combine the hikes totaling approx 8 miles).  Both hikes start at the Rio Grande Trailhead; the Canyon Rim Trail branches off approx .45 miles in (according to the park trail map).  Of the two trails, the Rio Grande Trail is the easiest as you are hiking on a crushed stone/dirt road along the western edge of the park.  Both trails are well marked with mileage markers about every .25 mile.  Where there is a junction with another trail, it is clearly marked. 

I followed the Rio Grande trail until it headed for the Panther Cave Overlook; I continued straight and connected to Canyon Rim Trail.  Continue straight and you'll come to the Rio Grande Viewing Area - Mexico is directly across the river.  I stayed on the Canyon Rim Trail as I headed North which took me to the Panther Cave Pictograph site. 

Panther Cave is one of the park highlights and well worth the effort to see it.  Understand that you cannot go to Panther Cave but view it from the viewpoint across the canyon (there is a boat tour available at certain times of the year but I have no direct knowledge of the cost or when it is offered).

A word of advice - look to the right of the Pather Cave Overlook shelter/info kiosk and you'll see a trail that goes along the edge of the cliff (not listed on the map).  Follow the trail, always making sure you stay safe, and at some point you'll have a direct view across the canyon to see inside the cave with the pictographs.  

Continue on the Canyon Rim trail and eventually it connects to the Rio Grande Trail - very easy to see on the trails map.  Of the two trails, Canyon Rim is the most scenic and more arduous with many portions of the trail being rock, either loose or one single piece, with inclines and declines of some length but it is do-able.  Since there is NO WATER available on the trails, make sure you have plenty before leaving the trailhead and be advised, there is NO SHADE on the trails except at the few viewing areas which are clearly marked on the park's trails map.

NOTES

GET A FREE TRAILS MAP at the Visitor Center!!!

NO WATER on the trails - make sure you bring plenty.

Water, shade, info and toilets available at the Visitor Center.

Park Mid-Section Burkett park to 5 Points Junction
San Angelo State Park - 11/3/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Out     Burkett park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction       3.9 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail . Burkett park    3.8 miles

Temp start at 50, end at 78, sunny, few clouds, light breeze.

A hike with a purpose.  Been reports of a white deer, not an albino, near Bell's Point.  We looked and couldn't find a white deer but we did see this season's first Ruby Crowned Kinglet (photo attached).

The trails are well maintained with the exception of Playground trail and it is in need of grooming and in a few places, some rock or dirt to fill eroded areas.  Still passable but ....

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

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