MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 418 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,357.80 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 8.03 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.27)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.04)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 9/15/2021

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

Photos

View from the Cougar Lookout

A view of the North Concho River that feeds O.C. Fisher Lake (or reservoir). When the river is full and flows normally, the large rocks are submerged. Just shows we're still in a serious drought! [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore - Playground parking area to Isabel Harte + Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 9/15/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 7.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > park road to Isabel Harte   2.6 miles

Leg 3 -  park road to Isabel Harte > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.0 miles

Temp started at 65, ended at 80.  Overcast for Legs 1 & 2 , then mostly sunny.  Light breeze most of the time.

All trails listed have been recently trimmed and are easy to traverse.  There was very little wildlife activity although I did see a pair of Scissortail Flycatchers which was good.  I also saw a ring-collared snake early in the hike but otherwise the only other thing of interest was a Monarch Butterfly (photo attached).  They are due to arrive in a few more weeks as they migrate South so I was surprised to see only one today.

When I arrived, there were 6-8 cars and trucks already parked (0810).  I saw five different people on the trails at various times so the solitude was not as good as usual.  BUT, when I finished my hike, everyone had gone!  Guess they got there, did their thing and departed quickly.

An unremarkable hike but as always, any hike is a good one.

NOTES

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

Water available at one spot and shade available at campsites at Isabel Harte.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 9/8/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > service road (W) > River Bend Connector > Javelina > Cougar Overlook    3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > River Bend (N) > Badlands > service road (NW) > Upper Big Hill > DInosaur > DInosaur Viewing Area > Dinosaur > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead   5.8 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 86.  Sunny, little to no breeze.

Easy hike along trails that are becoming overgrown with vegetation from the recent rains.  I saw a group of four Axis deer which are not native to the park (photo attached).  Surprisingly, there is still a low stream of water moving into the river near the River Bend campground boatramp.  More purple thistle is coming up and there were a few spots of beebush sltill in bloom.  Otherwise, there was hardly any animal or bird activity seen. 

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available in the nearby campground.

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

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

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

 

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 9/1/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park    3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area   3.0 miles

Temp started at 74, ended at 85.  Sunny with fairly steady 5-10mph southerly breeze, humid.

Trails were dry but the humidity in the air and in the vegetation caused my shoes to get wet with morning dew.  Haze from the humidity was visible but the breeze kept me somewhat comfortable.  The trails are becoming overgrown with all the recent rains but still easy to see and traverse.  No wildlife and very few birds except for the juvenile Mockingbird and female (?) Hummingbird I saw on the Red Dam (photo attached).  The Hummer was zooming toward the Mocker but the Mocker was unconcerned and held his perch.  There are still lots of grasshoppers that will jump/fly away wuth every step you take.  The beebush is still blooming on the Nature Trail which makes hiking it very pleasant! Near the end of the hike on Horny Toad Trail, I noticed a "circle" of about 20 Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures in the air a short distance away but didn't see them land nor did I smell anything dead.  Perhaps they were just riding the currents as they looked for a meal.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore - Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 8/26/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lankey Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts CReek > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   3.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.9 miles

Temp started at 72, ended at 86.  Sunny with 1-5mph intermittent SW breeze.  Humid

Trails were for the most part dry.  Vegetation is growing over parts of the trails and at two points - on the Potts Creek and West Potts creek trails - there is standing stagnant water from last week's rain. There is some visible debris from the flooding of Potts Creek but the trails overall are in good shape.  Caution is advised if you ride a bike.  When the rain water went down the trails, it took whatever topsoil was covering the rocks and cut deeper, narrower channels in the trails which could cause a tire to unexpectedly get stuck in the rut.

On a positive note - the rains have caused the bee bush to finally blossom for the first time this year (photo attached).  The scent of vanilla is prevalent in many places and made the hike that much more enjoyable.

NOTES

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 8/22/2021  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 6.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook     3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.2 miles

Temp started at 75, ended at 86.  Sunny, wind became steady at 5-10mph from South.

An easy hike along dry trails.  Had a LOT of rain (park had 7 inches in 24 hours) with lots of water in creeks that are normally dry.  OC Fisher Reservoir went from 5% to 7% but there was no real damage to the trails I hiked today! 

I saw a fox as I was driving in (photo attached), three groups of javelinas, lots of whitetail deer, turkeys and a cottontail rabbit.  Not many birds were out but there were quite a few grasshoppers and small lizards. 

Overall a good hike.

NOTES

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

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