MikeHikes's Logbook

Stats

Total Log Entries: 346 (Rank: 4th)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,730.00 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 7.89 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.25)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.15)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.56)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 2/24/2020

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

Photos

Horned Toad on the Trail

This is one of the two horned toads I saw today. A few years back, it was VERY rare to see a toad anytime, I hope they are making a come-back! [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cogar Overlook
San Angelo State Park - 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 - 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.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/25/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out -     Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Point Junction        4.2 miles

Return - 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > service road (NE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (SSW service road) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    2.1 miles

Temp started at 42, ended at 56. Overcast, light wind then steady, 10-15 mph SSW wind.

Easy hike along damp trails.  Few birds out at first but then more appeared as the morning progressed.  I saw a pair of adult javalinas at 5 Points Junction as I was departing.  Not much else going on.  Although there is water available at the 5 Points Junction, the water trough for horses is dry.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Isabel Harte and the Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/20/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > park road (NNE) to Isabel Harte > Chaparral Trailhead     3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Chaparral Trail > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral Trail > Playground parking area     2.0 miles

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

Temp started at 37, ended at 50.  Partly cloudy then sunny.  Little to no wind.

Trails on legs 1 & 2 were damp but easy to hike on.  Numerous deer were out in small and large groups - in one herd, I counted 12 deer.  There were few birds out and the ones that were, stayed fairly low to the ground or in the brush.  When I hiked on Roadrunner Loop, the trail was much wetter; numerous times, I stopped to knock off clumps of mud that stuck to my hiking boots.  On this part of the hike, there was no animal or bird activity.

Overall, the hike was uneventful but relaxing. 

NOTES

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

Water and shade are available at various campsites parallel to Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets available at two locations alongside the the trail as well.

South Shore Burkett Park to Roadrunner Loop and back
San Angelo State Park - 1/9/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Roadrunner Loop (by park entrance) > Playground parking area    6.0 miles

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

Temps in low 70's, sunny with a steady 10 mph Westerly wind.

First hike of 2020!  Starting mileage is 2665.4 miles with 335 logged entries.

Late start for the hike - started at 1300 - but it was good nonetheless.  The animals and birds were not visible until near the end of the hike when I saw a couple of deer as well as a few birds.  It wasn't until I was driving back home that I saw 11 javalinas crossing the park road in front of me.

Trash was picked up along the trail, I got to stretch my legs and enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures so it was a good hike.

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and bathrooms available at various points at the campsites parallel to Roadrunner Loop.

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