MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 494 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,948.10 Miles (Rank: 1st)
Average Distance: 7.99 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.23)
Average Difficulty: halfstar (0.98)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 1/22/2023

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

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O.C.Fisher at 16%

Although the lake has more water now than it did a year ago, it still has a long ways to go before this boat ramp will be usable. [San Angelo State Park]
Log Entries
South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Big Loop + Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/22/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.9 miles

Leg 3 - Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area      3.4 miles

Temp started at 29 and ended at 52.  Sunny with a light Westerly breeze.

A cold start to a pleasant hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  I started hiking while the temperature was pretty cold at 29 degrees and felt the cold for the first hour or more.  By then, the Sun appeared and warmed up the air to a comfortable hiking temperature.  At the beginning of the hike, there were some small birds that felt the cold as well - easy to tell by their fluffed out appearance (photo attached),  Numerous deer to the tune of 40 -50 in groups of three all the way to groups of ten, were searching for food for the first hour or so, afterwards, I saw very few birds and no animals.

Still seems early to me but there were a few agarita bushes in bloom with their yellow flowers out and open. Unfortunately I did not detect any scent from the flowers.

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.

Toilets and info kiosks available at three locations along Roadrunner Loop.  Water and shade available at numerous campsites as well.

 

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/18/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Lower Big Hill Trail > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > service road (W) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (N) > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead      3.5 miles

Temp started at 59, ended at 65. VERY STRONG AND STEADY SW wind 15-25mph with STRONGER Gusts. Sunny, a few wispy clouds.

A windy but enjoyable hike today.  I saw a large number of deer as I drove in and when I started to hike, I saw this Great Horned Owl (photo attached).  He watched me momentarily and decided to go back to sleep.  The sunlight and where he perched made excellent camouflage.

There were a few more deer spotted but that was it.  The winds were extremely strong and constant, dust flew through the air as well.

One surprise was seeing two agarita bushes in full bloom!  The yellow flowers may have had a scent but the wind kept me from smelling it.  Veru unusual that there were only two but they were all I saw today.

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and 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 the River Bend Campground.

South Shore - Playground to Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/12/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area      3.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area      3.4 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 54.  Sunny with steady 10-15mph North wind with a few stronger gusts.

All trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.  A very good hike today even though it was cold and windy.  I photographed a female Mountain Bluebird (photo attached) for the first time at the park.  I also saw female red shafted Northern Flicker which I normally don't see which was nice.  Finally, there was a very large group of 20-30 javelinas on Lanky Lackey.  The javelina were of all sizes and ages from very small infants to large adults.  I gave them plenty of space and stood still numerous times so they didn't feel threatened.

Deer were also spotted as were more Robins.  All in all a very good hike.

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.

Water and shade and a few toilets available along Roadrunner Loop at various campsites.

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 1/8/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction    4.8 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (NE) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.7 miles

Temp started at 39, ended at 55.  Sunny with a very slight NNW 1-3mph breeze.

Easy hike along dry trails.  Not many animals spotted - a few deer at the beginning of the hike and an occasional bird. Even though there was nothing to see or photograph except the Moon (photo attached) I enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the hike and am glad I did it.

NOTES -

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

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Big Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/2/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp (N) > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 74.  Stead 10mph SW wind with slight gusts.  Overcast until last mile then partly cloudy.

A good hike along dry, easy to see and raverse trails.  There were two Great Horned Owls as I drove past the gate and another in the campground by Bell's Trailhead.  A hawk was also spotted a little later and then a few deer were seen running in the distance.  On the return leg, at the North Scenic Loop, I saw about 20-30 Robins (photo attached) - I hope they have returned to establish a new, permanent colony! 

Nothing else to report besides picking up an unusually large amount of trash, old and new, along the trails - the wind and soil erosion will be blamed.

NOTES -

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

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

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

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