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Total Log Entries: 343  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Average Rating: 4stars (4.25)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 3/27/2020

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O.C. Fisher Reservoir has some Water!

With all the rains in the past month, the lake is at 14.7% which isn't much but a few months ago, all you would have seen was dry land; not a drop of water in sight. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Isabel Hart Loop
San Angelo State Park [Hiking] - 3/27/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 5.30 Miles Duration: N/A

Route -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > park road to Isabel Hart > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area      5.3 miles

Temp started in mid-60's, ended in low 70's.  Light fog at first then partly cloudy with a steady breeze.

Lesirely hike to stretch the legs and enjoy the scenery.  This year's first Scissortail Flycatcher was spotted (photo attached).  I saw, what I believe was, a Mississippi Kite but could not get a photo.  Numerous small birds flying about and a couple of "V"s of geese were migrating back North.  Deer and a few javalinas were spotted as well as a few wildflowers.  All in all, a nice, peaceful hike!

NOTES

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

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and back
San Angelo State Park [Hiking] - 3/24/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Out -       Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park       3.0 miles

Return -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area    3.8 miles

Temp started at 53, ended at 70.  CLoudy then sunny with steady WNW wind at 10 mph.

A foggy start to a hike along wet, and somewhat muddy, trails.  Recent rains have "green-ed up" the park. I only saw a few small yellow flowers and expect to see more wildflowers in bloom shortly.  There were lots of whitetail deer out, a solitary javalina and numerous birds. 

There really wasn't much else going on so I'll stop here.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at Playground Parking Area.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE ---  The dry toilets at Burkett Park are closed, no reason listed.

South Shore Burkett Park to Armadillo Ridge to Playground Parking Area and Back
San Angelo State Park [Hiking] - 2/29/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area     3.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground Parking Area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.8 miles

Temp started at 47, ended at 71.  Light overcast then sunny, steady 10-15 mph WSW wind.

LOTS of other users on the dry and easy to traverse trails today!  I saw two white tail deer; no other animals.  Lots of smaller, ground hugging birds, especially the White Crowned Sparrows were spotted.  There was nothing really unusual to report except for the large number of other trail users.

NOTES

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

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at Playground Parking Area. 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook
San Angelo State Park [Hiking] - 2/24/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Out      -   Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > service road (S) > Scenic Loop > service road (S) > North Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (service road S) > Cougar Overlook       4 miles

Return  -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WSW) > River Bend (NW) > Badlands > service road (NW) > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > service road (W) > Bell's Trailhead         6 miles

Temp started at 48, ended at 70.  Light SW wind, partly cloudy.

Trails were dry to slightly damp with a few patches of mud in spots.  Only animals spotted were a pair of white tail deer.  Numerous birds out including a fairly large hawk right at the beginning of the hike.  The biggest surprise was smelling the just beginning to bloom agarita (photo attached).  Small birds were flitting about and there were a few air battles over territory as Spring is just around the corner.

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available at camping sites nearby.

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

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

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

 

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Bell's Point and back
San Angelo State Park [Hiking] - 2/1/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.30 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Out   -    Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail > service road      3.5 miles

Return -  Service Road (NNE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S on a service road) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     1.8 miles

Temp started at 33, ended at 58.  Sunny with a light WNW breeze.

Easy hike along dry trails and roads.  Longhorns were present (photo attached) but no other animals were seen.  I saw a hawk right at the start of the hike and later a Kestrel as well as a few birds here and there.  Near the end of the outbound leg, I watched a Cactus Wren busily stuff materials into an existing hole - kind of early to build a nest IMO, but he obviously knows something I don't.

A few other trail users were out, otherwise it was just a relaxing, early morning hike.

NOTES

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

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.