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Total Log Entries: 236 (Rank: 4th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,848.40 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.83 Miles

Average Rating: (4.34)
Average Difficulty: (1.25)
Average Solitude: (4.61)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 9/2/2017

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

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South Shore Tasajillo Flats Trail

Most of this trail is hard packed dirt although there are patches of caliche and other exposed rock. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

Park Mid-Section Burkett park to 5 Points Junction Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 9/2/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Out      Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster> West Potts Creek > Armadillo (NW) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction         4.5 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett trail > Burkett park    3.7 miles

Temps start at 70 end at 85, slight then steady breeze, sunny, no clouds.

Labor Day weekend brought out a number of people to the park today.  Everyone was polite and cheerful so all was well!  Trails have been groomed in the recent past and were dry and easy to see.

Not much wildlife or birds out although I saw two white tail bucks at the start of the hike.  A negative was the discovery of a dead adult racoon in the open area of 5 Points Junction.  I didn't see any indication of a violent death so wonder if it died from old age or disease.  I left it where it was and told park personnel as I was leaving the park in case they wanted to investigate. 

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 8/29/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park    3.7 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

Temps in the low 80's, sunny with a few clouds, steady light northerly breeze.

Been awhile since I hiked!  Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  Quite a few birds out - the park is beginning to see some of the winter migrating birds come through.  Nothing unusual to report so will make this very brief.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at 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 - 8/6/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park        3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chapparal > Playground parking area    2.8 miles

Temps start at 78, end at 96.  Sunny, a few wispy clouds, fairly steady West breeze.

Unusual number of people in the park today and on the trails; all mountain bikers except one equestrian.  Trails are for the most part, groomed and easy to traverse.  The major exception is on the northern portion of Tasajilla Flats where the grass has grown quite a bit.

No animals seen, even the birds were hunkered down.  I did see a few lizards and one horned toad. 

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground parking area.

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

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout Loop
San Angelo State Park - 7/30/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Out      Bell's Trailhead > service road (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur tracks viewing area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > service road (WNW) 50m > Badlands > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout          5.8 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > service road (ENE) 50m > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > service road (N) > North Scenic Loop > service road (ENE) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   3.5 miles

Temps in the mid 70's at start and mid 90's at end, sunny with a few clouds, slight breeze.

Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  Most are clear of vegetation but there are patches that need to be cleaned up.  Not as many birds out today and I only saw a few lizards and one fawn.  Don't know the reason for that.  Very peaceful and very enjoyable hike but there just wasn't much going on so I'll close this report.

NOTES

Water and shade available at the campgrounds near Bell's Trailhead.

Shade and info kiosk available at Dinosaur tracks viewing area.  NO WATER AT THIS TIME!!!!

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Ghost Camp.  CAUTION is advised if you use the dry toilets (snakes and insects).

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 7/16/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Out       Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 yds) > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (NE) > Cougar Lookout         6.0 miles

Return   Cougar Lookout > service road (WSW) > River Bend (SW) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > East Potts Creek > Burkett trail > Burkett park   4.7 miles

Temps - 82 at start and 100 at end, sunny with intermittent light winds.

First hike in the park's mid-section since the severe wind storm of a month ago.  Nothing on the trails now but easy to see where branches had fallen and were moved off.  Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  The North Concho River seen from Cougar Lookout still has water but the rocks in the river are easier to see which means the water level has dropped - not a good thing.

Saw two fawns at the start of the hike but no other animals; not many birds out either.  Saw a few mountain bikers but that was it. 

Not too long ago I found my first tick on my sock.  Today I found my first tick stuck to my leg.  I scrapped her off (checked and it was a female Lone Star tick), saw she still had her head so I terminated her.  Squeezed blood out of the bite wound and cleaned it best I could.  Will keep an eye on the wound but I'm not too concerned about infections right now.  In all my years of hiking, I've been lucky in never having a tick bite but this year, my string of good luck regarding ticks has been broken.      

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

Water, shade and info kiosk at 5 Points Junction.

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