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Total Log Entries: 219 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,691.10 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.72 Miles

Average Rating: (4.37)
Average Difficulty: (1.29)
Average Solitude: (4.63)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 3/24/2017

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

Photos

Badlands Trail Beginning

The Badlands Trail is mostly dirt and is easy to follow. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 3/24/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park        3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park    3.6 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area     3.3 miles

Temps start at 60's end in mid-70's, sunny, steady breeze with STRONG gusts.

Dry trails, easy to traverse.  Some portions of Tasajilla Flats have been groomed recently.  The grass continues to grow covering last year's controlled burns and the Bee Brush is finally producing small white flowers and vanilla scent.  The agarita bushes, although a health green, have already lost their blooms so there is no smell from them.

Saw lots of birds including a Vermillion Flycatcher (photo attached) - the first one this year.  I also saw a coyote laying on West Potts Creek trail but when he saw me raise my camera, he was off and running.  A little while later on Winding Snake Trail near Burkett park, I saw a grey fox but when I saw him, he saw me at the same time and bolted into the brush.  Oh well, no photos were taken but seeing them both on the same hike was nice!

Was told the rattlers are out but I didn't see any.  Still, I recommend you always watch where you step as you enjoy the trails.

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 West Annex
San Angelo State Park - 3/16/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Temps in the low 70's, sunny and strong breeze.

This section of the park is infrequently used by hikers and there isn't a "trail" listed on the park maps. The trail I took consist of an old dirt road and numerous cow paths running alongside, and to, the North Concho River.

If you choose to go, go to the North Entrance and park your vehicle at the restroom parking area by the entrance.  On foot, leave the park and cross FM2288.  You'll see an area where local youths (I assume) park and drink beer.  At the fence there is a swing gate you'll go through and at that point, you are in the park again.  The old dirt road is visible directly ahead and runs parallel to the North Concho River on your left.

You're able to hike in this area along cow paths and the dirt road for approx 3 miles until you come to the park boundary which is marked by a barb wire fence and a few signs.  At that point, you will turn around and return along the same route or you can blaze a new one back to the starting point.

This area is used primarily by hunters so make sure you check in with park personnel to ensure there are no hunts scheduled.  This area has the potential to either by very good or very blase.  The river is a water source for many animals and birds as well as the longhorns.  There are numerous trees in the area so the chance to see birds here that are not in other areas of the park are good IF you're lucky.  

Be advised there are no facilities along the trail so bring your own water and food.  The longhorns are numerous so give them a wide berth.  In addition, on the South side of the river, some of the area is private property - respect the landowner's rights and don't trespass.  I suggest you stay on the north side of the river.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at the North Shore entrance restrooms - where you should park.

STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to talk to park personnel before entering the area due to scheduled hunts.

If you have the time, do a recon using Google Earth to see what the area looks like. 

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction
San Angelo State Park - 3/8/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Out     Burkett park > Burkett > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (N) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    3.6 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park    4.3 miles

Temps in the low 60's, overcast and light breeze.

Dry trails that are easy to traverse.  Lots of birds out but nothing unusual except for the number of American Kestrels I'm seeing.  I've seen more already than I normally do in a year. 

The majority of the trails are a mixture of dirt and rock; because of the dry weather, the soil seems loose so watch your footing.

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 - 2/28/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.10 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 > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park    3.6 miles

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

Temps in the 70's, sunny with high thin clouds, steady breeze.

Dry trails very easy to traverse, parts of Tasajilla Flats has recently been groomed.  Lots of "shrub birds" out signing for mates.  Saw my first group of Meadowlarks near the parking area!  Grass and other ground cover plants are coming up all over the park and the numerous Bee Brush plants have greens leaves but no smell yet.  Even more agarita bushes are blooming and scenting the air.

There were hikers and a few mountain bikers enjoying the warm weather and the trails.  Not much else going on - it was a nice hike!

NOTES

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park - THE WATER  IS FLOWING AGAIN!

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 2/24/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Out     Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Lower Big Hill > service road (S) > North Scenic Loop > service road (S then W) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NE) > Cougar Lookout         6.1 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > Lower Ghost Camp Trail  > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > North Slick Rock > service road (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.6 miles

Temps start at 60 end at 66, sunny, steady North breeze.

Dry trails, very easy to follow.  LOTS of birds out including Killdeer, Western Bluebirds (photo attached), Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrikes, Black thoated sparrows, turkeys, Great Blue Herons.  Butterflies are also becoming more numerous as they look for the few flowers and blooming agaritas to gather sustenance.

The longhorns are in this section of the park and there are a few calves with them - keep your distance, don't startle them and they'll leave you alone.

NOTES

Water is available in the campground at Bell's Trailhead.

Shade and info kiosk (damaged) are available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing area. WATER HAS BEEN TURNED OFF AT THIS TIME.

Shade and info kiosk available at Cougar Lookout.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Ghost Camp.  THIS IS THE ONLY WATER AVAILABLE ON THIS ROUTE.

Use caution when using the dry toilets.