MikeHikes's Logbook

Stats

Total Log Entries: 462 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,694.90 Miles (Rank: 1st)
Average Distance: 8.00 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.24)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.00)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.61)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 6/23/2022

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

Photos

Shady Trail Flood  Debris

When the North Concho River flooded, there was a lot of debris left behind in the park that will take some time to remove. This mound is on the Shady Trail (North Shore). [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/23/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 - Bell's Trailhead > Traihead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NW) > Cougar Overlook   6.0 miles

Leg 2 - Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > River Bend (N) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    3.4 miles

Temps started at 76 and ended at 90.  Sunny with light steady SW breeze.

Easy hike along groomed and easy to traverse trails.  Gnats were thick when the breeze died down or I went to a low spot with no breeze.  Not many birds were out and only a few deer were seen.  There is some water in the river and I saw a lone Blue Heron (photo attached) looking for a meal - good luck!

Not much else to report

NOTES

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

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

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

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

 

 

South Shore - Isabel Harte to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/19/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Isabel Harte Day Use Area > Winding Snake > Burkett Park    2.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > park road (WSW) > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > service road (NE) > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Isabel Harte   2.7 miles

Temp started at 77, ended at 89.  Sunny with a steady SW breeze.

Easy hike along familiar and easy to traverse trails.  Spotted not one but two Horned Toads and one of them was in the process of molting which I had never seen before!  He looked strange with all his skin sloughing off but moved quickly and was in no obvious discomfort (photo attached). 

I saw two tarantulas at different locations and of course a Tarantula Hawk but at a different place.  There are still some bee bushes in bloom and at one location, there were lots of small white butterflies all over the bushes.  Otherwise, not many animals or birds were spotted.

All in all a good hike PLUS this hike puts me at #1 for total miles hiked in Texas!

NOTES

Shade at campsites and water at a central location are available at Isabel Harte. 

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

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/15/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > potts Creek > Playground by-pass > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook   4.7 miles

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

Temp started at 78, ended at 88.  Sunny with high clouds and consistently strong & gusty SW winds.

An easy hike along easy to see trails.  Some of the trails have become overgrown with vegetation, particularly Playground Trail north of Bell's Point as well as significant portions of Flintstone Trail.  The trails can be seen but caution is advised due to snakes and other park residents who may be stepped on in the high grass.

Although the strong winds kept many birds down low another factor may have been the numerous Mississippi kites flying around!  I counted a cluster of 15 kites at one point while on Flintstone Trail near 5 Points Junction. 

NOTES -

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

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

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/12/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.40 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Badlands Trail > park road     3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Park road (NE) > River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   1.6 miles

Temp was 78 at start, 90 at end.  Sunny with steady SW wind 10-20mph.

Easy hike along dry and somewhat bushy trails.  Mesquites are growing and their branches are hanging in the trail - caution is advised for bikers and equestrians!  Not much bird activity, no animals spotted but we saw quite a few lizards.  All in all an uneventful, warm but pleasant hike.

NOTES

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 6/11/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett park    3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area     3.0 miles

Temp started at 78, ended at 95.  Sunny with steady SW breeze.  Light humidity.

All trails were dry and easy to traverse.  There was some vegetation on portions of various trails but nothing that blocked your view of where you would place your foot.  Spotted this year's first snake - an 18 inch garter snake (?) - light green/grey that popped his head out of a hole, saw me and slithered out of sight.  Unfortunately we also saw a tarantula being dragged by a wasp into a hole where the spider would become food for the wasp's young - BRUTAL!

Lots of folks on the trails and most importantly the fishing pond was filled and overflowing!  How long it will remain so - unknown.

NOTES -

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

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