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Total Log Entries: 234 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,829.60 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.82 Miles

Average Rating: (4.35)
Average Difficulty: (1.26)
Average Solitude: (4.61)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 8/6/2017

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

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The majority of the cattle are used to people but it is best to leave them alone -- especially when calves are present. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 8/6/2017  [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 > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chapparal > Playground parking area    2.8 miles

Temps start at 78, end at 96.  Sunny, a few wispy clouds, fairly steady West breeze.

Unusual number of people in the park today and on the trails; all mountain bikers except one equestrian.  Trails are for the most part, groomed and easy to traverse.  The major exception is on the northern portion of Tasajilla Flats where the grass has grown quite a bit.

No animals seen, even the birds were hunkered down.  I did see a few lizards and one horned toad. 

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 Loop
San Angelo State Park - 7/30/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Out      Bell's Trailhead > service road (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur tracks viewing area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > service road (WNW) 50m > Badlands > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout          5.8 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > service road (ENE) 50m > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > service road (N) > North Scenic Loop > service road (ENE) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   3.5 miles

Temps in the mid 70's at start and mid 90's at end, sunny with a few clouds, slight breeze.

Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  Most are clear of vegetation but there are patches that need to be cleaned up.  Not as many birds out today and I only saw a few lizards and one fawn.  Don't know the reason for that.  Very peaceful and very enjoyable hike but there just wasn't much going on so I'll close this report.

NOTES

Water and shade available at the campgrounds near Bell's Trailhead.

Shade and info kiosk available at Dinosaur tracks viewing area.  NO WATER AT THIS TIME!!!!

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Ghost Camp.  CAUTION is advised if you use the dry toilets (snakes and insects).

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 7/16/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Out       Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 yds) > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (NE) > Cougar Lookout         6.0 miles

Return   Cougar Lookout > service road (WSW) > River Bend (SW) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > East Potts Creek > Burkett trail > Burkett park   4.7 miles

Temps - 82 at start and 100 at end, sunny with intermittent light winds.

First hike in the park's mid-section since the severe wind storm of a month ago.  Nothing on the trails now but easy to see where branches had fallen and were moved off.  Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  The North Concho River seen from Cougar Lookout still has water but the rocks in the river are easier to see which means the water level has dropped - not a good thing.

Saw two fawns at the start of the hike but no other animals; not many birds out either.  Saw a few mountain bikers but that was it. 

Not too long ago I found my first tick on my sock.  Today I found my first tick stuck to my leg.  I scrapped her off (checked and it was a female Lone Star tick), saw she still had her head so I terminated her.  Squeezed blood out of the bite wound and cleaned it best I could.  Will keep an eye on the wound but I'm not too concerned about infections right now.  In all my years of hiking, I've been lucky in never having a tick bite but this year, my string of good luck regarding ticks has been broken.      

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

Water, shade and info kiosk at 5 Points Junction.

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett park
San Angelo State Park - 7/9/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours

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

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

Temps in the low 70's to start and low 80's at end, sunny, slight, steady breeze.

The park had been closed due to a severe wind storm that hit the park on June 23rd.  Park personnel have cleared the trails so they are passable but there are still some mesquite debris, i.e., sticks with thorns, on the trails.  Mountain bikers need to be aware of this.

Due to the storm and the rain, some of the loose soil has washed off exposing more rocks on the sloped portion of the trails and a little more soil now covers the rocks at the bottom of the trails.  Overall the trails are easy to traverse.

I see the same birds and a few animals but no snakes or lizards.

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 and Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/12/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park      3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 yds) > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area    3.6 miles

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

Temps start at 75 end at 93, sunny with a few clouds, steady light Southerly breeze.

An earlier than usual hike this morning.  Trails were dry and for the most part, easy to traverse.  Red Dam Loop and parts of Winding Snake need grooming but were easy to hike on.  Just be on the look out for snakes!

Numerous birds were seen.  A few such as the Painted Bunting and Vermilion Flycatcher were, a few short years ago, rarely seen.  Now, it's unusual if I don't see a few on my hikes.  The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is another bird I'm seeing more of as well.

While on Tasajilla Flats, I saw a grey fox but he saw me first so I only got a few photos as he took off (photo attached). 

Cottontail rabbits, white tail deer and a few lizards were spotted as well.  No snakes seen but I know they're out there.  

NOTES

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

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

Water and shade available at the campsites alongside Roadrunner Loop.

Toilets available at the half way point of Roadrunner Loop.