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Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Short Loop
User: MikeHikes - 7/10/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > dirt road to Armadillo Ridge > service road (WSW) > Turkey Creek (N) > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (NE) > Cougar Overlook    5.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > Trailhead to Trailhead Trail (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.3 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 90.  Sunny w/slight 0-5mph WNW breeze.

Today was animal day!  I counted thirteen fawns with five does, three javelinas, and one porcupine.  Reptiles spotted were a coachwhip that was about three feet long, numerous lizards and a single Horned Toad.  Birds were too numerous to count.

All flowers with the exception of one small stand of sunflowers, are gone.  Cactus tunas are ripening and I watched a Mockingbird either eating one or a bug that was on one, when I stopped at Cougar Overlook (photo attached).

Overall a very nice hike.

NOTES -

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

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

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

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge - Figure 8
User: MikeHikes - 7/3/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.2 miles

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

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.8 miles

Temps started at 78 and ended at 98.  Sunny with steady 10-15mph SW breeze.

Easy hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  A few things seen today - lots of deer and fawns, cottontail rabbits, a skunk and quite a few birds (photo attached).  I was told by a mountain biker a cougar was spotted last week at 7 am near Burkett Park.  Unfortunately, no camera was handy so no photos.  I'd like to see a cougar but am not holding my breath.

NOTES -

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 6/19/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.3 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.1 miles

Temp started at 75, ended at 86.  Overcast w/steady SE breeze at 10-15mph.

All trails were dry, easy to see and traverse although some parts of Roadrunner Loop are in need of a trim.  I saw a 4 foot long Coachwhip snake but he saw me first and slithered away so no photo.  I also saw a Painted Bunting pair as well as a Mississippi Kite.  Two pairs of does and fawns were also seen as well as cottontail rabbits, lizards and a single horned toad.  Almost all of the wildflowers are gone with the exception of some small yellow daisy looking flowers which were few and far between.  The only flowering plant I saw were Desert Willows trees and there were only a few of them.

Unfortunately, I found a snake carcass on the trail (photo attached).  The ants were feasting on him so his death was not wasted.

NOTES -

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

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

Water and shade are available at the campsites along half of Roadrunner Loop along with two toilet, water and info kiosks areas.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
User: MikeHikes - 6/12/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.2 miles

Leg 2 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Leg 3 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area   3.7 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 89.  Sunny with a few clouds. Fairly constant 0-5mph breeze from the SE.

Slow easy hike along dew dampened then dry trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Lots of birds out today especially Mockingbirds and quail.  I saw two Horned Toads at different locations which is unusual but very welcome to see.  Only animals I saw were deer and a couple of cottontails.  Overall, it was a very nice hike along familiar trails that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
User: MikeHikes - 6/6/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.9 miles

Temp started at 75, ended at 87.  Slightly humid, very sunny w/intermittent 0-10mph SW breeze. 

Easy, short hike along dry trails that had been recently groomed.  Quite a few birds were out including a Black Tufted Titmouse which I hadn't seen in quite awhile.  I also saw a turkey hen running away from me with six chicks flying above her trying to keep up.  A few cottontails and a cotton rat as well as deer were also spotted.  Some yellow flowers are making a reappearance and the Lemonmint is becoming more common (photo attached).

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.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
User: MikeHikes - 6/1/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (S) > service road (W) > Javelina Trail > Cougar Overlook     3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (W) > River Bend Trail (N) > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     5.9 miles

Temps started at 67, ended at 83.  Fairly constant SW breeze at 5-10mph.  Sunny w/a few clouds.

A very nice hike!  I saw a beaver at the river by Shady Trail.  I hadn't seen one in quite some time so even though the river is not flowing, the beaver is still there.  Later I saw a juvenile male Summer Tanager, an Axis Doe and fawn, numerous birds, lizards, cottontail rabvbits, white tail deer and lots of BEES! (photo attached).  At two points on Dinosaur Trail (return leg) I had to cross a 30-40 yard long stretch of trail where the bees that lived underground were above ground and locked in battle with other bees.  There were numerous "balls of bees" rolling on the ground fighting, some balls were small and other balls the size of my fist.  I walked quickly through the battlegrounds and avoided the balls of bees and did not get stung. 

NOTES -

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

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

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
User: MikeHikes - 5/27/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster Trail > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction    4.4 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Temp started at 64, ended at 88.  Sunny, humid w/very light and intermittent 0-5mph breeze.

Easy hike along damp to wet trails that were easy to traverse.  Not much animal activity except for a few cottontail rabbits and two sightings of cotton rats (I believe).  Numerous lizards and birds were out and I saw two cicadas (photo attached).  Cactus flowers are gone and a lot of the wildflowers seemed to have disappeared as well.  We had a severe hailstorm a few days ago so that may be the reason why.  Not much else to report.

NOTES -

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

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

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

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 5/18/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral (N) > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

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

Temps started at 64, ended at 86.  Sunny w/a light 0-10mph SW breeze.

Easy, leisurely hike along damp to dry trails.  Lots more people using the park today (Saturday) than I'm used to seeing.  Saw a sow and four juvenile feral hogs in the distance but the photos taken were not really usable.  LOTS of wildflowers continue to bloom and yellow is still the predominant color (photo attached). 

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.

Water and shade available at campsites along Roadrunner Loop.  Three toilets and info kiosks available as well.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Big Loop
User: MikeHikes - 5/14/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosau Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > Upper Ghost Camp > Riverbend Camping Area > Lower Ghost Camp (N) > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     3.4 miles

Temp started at 59, ended at 86.  Sunny w/very light 0-5mph N then SW breeze.

Easy hike along familiar trails that were slightly damp with morning dew.  Lots of bird actvity - I watched a Great Horned Owl hunt near Bell's Trailhead, later I saw a male Painted Bunting having a dirt or any bath, Cardinals and Mockingbirds were singing as well.  Lizrads were spotted and so was a Ring Collared Snake (photo attached).  This snake was about 18 inches long which made him very large for that type of snake (at least as far as the ones I've seen).  The gnats were VERY active and I did the Georgia wave numerous times to shoo them off.  Of note there are literally hundreds if not thousands of holes in the ground at various places along the Dinosaur and Trailhead to Trailhead trails - those holes contains BEES!  I walking through them and they didn't bother me but caution is advised.

NOTES -

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair staton are available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade is available at the nearby campsites.

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

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets are available at the River Bend camping area.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
User: MikeHikes - 5/7/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (W) then (SE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.5 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 86.  Sunny, light NNW breeze 0-5mph, slightly humid.

Easy hike along damp trails that were easy to see and traverse.  There had been some rains since I last hiked and the trails are rougher because the rains washed off the top layer of soil exposing more rocks underneath.  Two javelinas were spotted as well as two Horned Lizards (i.e., Horny Toads) both were the first of the season sightings.  Numerous wildflowers are now in bloom - yellows predominate followed by reds and a few blues/purples.  Gnats are swarming and I was constantly swatting them away from my face, ears, nose and eyes. 

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and info kiosk availabe 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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 5/2/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area      2.8 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking rea > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.1 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 87.  Overcast then mostly cloudy.  Intermittent SW breeze at 0-5mph.

Easy hike along damp to muddy trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Only animals spotted were three Cottontail Rabbits and a male Turkey.  Numerous birds were seen and heard including a Bullock's Oriole, Cardinal and numerous Sparrows.  Lizards were plentiful on Roadrunner Loop.  Wildflowers are blooming with a few Indian Blanketst as well as a LOT of yellow cactus flowers and other yellow flowers in general.  Bee Bush is also blooming and scenting the air (photo attched). 

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.

Water and shade available at numerous campsites along Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets and info kiosks are located at three places on the Loop as well.

Park Mid-Section -Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
User: MikeHikes - 4/24/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 points Junction

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Buirkett Park

Temps started at 66, ended at 74.  Low overcast clouds with no Sun until the end of the hike.  Slightly humid as well.

Quiet, leisurely hike along dew dampened trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Not much wildlife visible today and no reptiles were spotted either.  Birds were a little more active but even they were not too active.

More flowers are in bloom and prickly pear cactus are beginning to bud out (photo attached). 

NOTES -

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
User: MikeHikes - 4/15/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 6 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

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

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector> Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.4 miles

Temps started at 68 and ended at 89.  Overcast at first, gradually cleared to mostly cloudy.  Winds started at SW 0-5mph increased to 10-15mph.

A very leisurely hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  LOTS of birds out singing for mates, gathering nest materials and just being visible. Numerous types of Sparrows, a solitary Roadrunner, Mockingbirds, Scissortail Flycatchers, Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia and Quail were seen.  Reptiles spotted were lizards and a "first of the season" Coachwhip.  Deer and a solitary cotton rat as well as a Mexican ground squirrel were also seen.

Flowers continue to bloom and agarita berries (photo attached) are beginning to appear.  Spring is here and the park is showing it.

NOTES -

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Short Loop
User: MikeHikes - 3/30/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 8.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Rocky Creek Trail > park service road (S) > North Scenic Loop > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp (S) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook    3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > park service road (W) > River Bend (N) > Badlands > park service road (NW) > Big Hill > park service road (NW) > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Bell's Trailhead    4.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 76.  Overcast then mostly sunny. Winds 0-5mph at the start but incerased to 10-15mph SW breeze.

A leisure hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  I saw three Axis does near Shady Trail on the opposite bank.  This seems to be a fairly consistent spot to see these runaway deer.  At one time, there was a very large antlered Axis buck but I didn't see him today.

I also spotted a Great Horned Owl neat the Rocky CReek trailhead.  I took a few photos and he moved closer so I got a few more and he decided that was enough and departed.  There were numerous sparrows, Mockingbirds and a few others spotted as well.  On the return leg, I saw a male Pyrrhuloxia singing for a mate (photo attached).

NOTES -

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 3/22/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > park service road (W) > Tasajilla Flats (N) > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playghround parking area     3.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area    3.1 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 75.  Intermittant NE breeze at 0-5mph.  Sunny.

Easy hike along trails that were dry,e asy to see and traverse.  More birds are out singing for mates, blue and purple flowers are making an appearance and I saw a few white flowers on the bee bush.  I saw a Jack Rabbit and a few deer were spotted in the distance.  It was a quiet and peaceful hike.  Nothing unusual to report or caution about. 

NOTES -

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

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

Water and shade available at campsites along the Roadrunner Loop. Three toilets with water and info kiosk are located along the trail as well.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to 5 Point Junction Loop
User: MikeHikes - 3/14/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek (NE) > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction       4.0 miles

Leg 2 - 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (NE) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    4.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 76.  Sunny with very light SW 0-5mph breeze.

Easy peaceful hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Some birds have become more active now that Spring is in the air.  Saw a couple of large flocks of birds heading North.  Few animals were out though.  More yellow flowers are blooming and some yuccas (?) as well with a center stalk of flowers (photo attached).  All in all it was a very nice hike along familiar trails.

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
User: MikeHikes - 3/6/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > park service road (N) > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area    4.2 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 58.  Light N wind at 0-5mph.  Cloudy.

An eventful hike.  On my first leg I picked up a bag of trash and when I arrived at Burkett Park, discovered a folding knife I had attached to my belt, had come off.  Decided to re-trace my steps and hopefully find the knife.  I did so always watching both sides of the trail and found more trash AND found my knife lying in the middle of the trail about 2/3 of the way back.  Great!

It must have been ordained that I would lose and later find, my knife because near the dropped knife was a previously unseen number of broken bottles and old cans which I picked up. A little later, the trail gods thanked me for my diligence because near the end of one trail segment, lying right in the middle of the dirt trail, was a small stone arrowhead! 

Agaritas are in bloom and the air was fairly heavy with their scent of honey, mesquite wood smoke and dust - VERY pleasant.

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.

South Shore - Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 2/17/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.10 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Playground parking area - Roadrunner Loop - Playground parking area   3.1 miles

Temp started at 30, ended at 30.  Overcast, strong N to NNE wind 20-30mph

An abbreviated hike today as my original planned hike in the park's mid-section was thwarted by the Road Lizards having a run along the trails.  It was a VERY cold and windy day with the arrival of a temporary cold front.  Unfortunately, some of the agarita bushes have started to bloom so the flowers will be short lived. 

No photos taken, just picked up trash along the trail.

NOTES -

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

Info kiosk and toilets available at three points along Roadrunner.  Water and shade available at numerous campsites along the loop.

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
User: MikeHikes - 2/9/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.3 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 65.  Overcast, little to no wind.

A quiet, easy hike along dry trails.  Nothing of interest happened although I saw a Red Shafted Flicker, a hawk and some deer - no photographs taken.

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 campsites along the Loop.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
User: MikeHikes - 2/5/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > Ghost Camp Trail    5.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Ghost Camp 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     2.6 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 55.  Patly to mostly cloudy.  NW wind at 10mph. 

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Not much wildlife once I hit the trail.   Driving to the parking area, I saw two "herds" of deer - each group had at least 15-20 deer per group!  I also saw the largest porcupine ever slowly crossing the park road - unfortunately there was not enough  light for a photo.  I was surprised how many watering holes along the riverbed still had water in them, also saw water in the creek by the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area. 

Hike was uneventful but peaceful!

NOTES -

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

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
User: MikeHikes - 1/28/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek Trail > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail > Flintstone Trail > 5 Points Junction   4.2 miles

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

Temp started at 35, ended at 62.  Sunny, 0-5mph northerly breeze, sunny.

Trails were easy to see and traverse, mostly damp but progressively drier as time passed.  Nothing of interest to be seen, just a few birds out and agroup of eight deer when I first came into the park.

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
User: MikeHikes - 1/18/2024  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking ara > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.7 miles

Temp started at 36, ended at 61.  Sunny with 10mph SW breeze.

1st hike of the new year.  Last year I -

Starting mileage for 2023 -  3898

Ending mileage  for 2023 -  4298.3

Total mileage for the year -  400.3

Total hikes for the year     -  46

After a long period of time, I was able to resume hiking today. Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.

I saw LOTS of deer at various places in the park as well as about half a dozen Loggerhead Shrikes, a few Meadowlarks and a couple of other kinds of birds.  Only saw one Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  Not much to report so will make this short.

NOTES -

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park - Short Loop
User: MikeHikes - 10/26/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lankey Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Playground parking area    3.4 miles

Temps started at 72, ended at 82.  Sunny with some high overcast clouds, fairly steady SSW breeze of 5-10mph.  Slightly humid.

Easy hike along damp to slightly muddy trails that were fairly easy to traverse.  The park received almost three inches of rain earlier this week whcih was certainly welcome but we need a whole lot more.  The trails were fairly easy to traverse and find places to step without becoming mired in mud.  Of note was the fact that I saw a Killdeer for the first time this year!  They are normally fairly common but these past few years, not so common.  I aslo saw a Scissortail, a Loggerhead Shrike and surprisingly, a small ring collared snake.  No photos taken.

NOTES -

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook - Figure 8 Loop
User: MikeHikes - 10/20/2023  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Rocky Creek > Lower Big Hill > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground> Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook    3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail> River Bend Trail > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead   3.9 miles

Temps started at 52, ended at 86.  Sunny with a very light (1-5 mph) wind.

A quiet, relaxing hike along recently groomed trails that are easy to see and traverse.  The animal activity was limited to a few deer and later, to seeing the rear end of a feral hog as he grubbed along a river bank visible from Cougar Overlook (photo attached).  Not many birds were out and the scenery was about the same as it was last month - no real difference and no color change even though Fall is officially here.   

NOTES -

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

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

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

 


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