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Total Log Entries: 227 (Rank: 4th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,762.80 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.77 Miles

Average Rating: (4.36)
Average Difficulty: (1.26)
Average Solitude: (4.61)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 5/28/2017

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

Photos

Tree at Red Dam

A stylized picture of the tree at the end of the Red Dam. Water hasn't been in this portion of the park for a very long time. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 5/28/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park       3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 feet) > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky lackey (W) > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Leg 3 - Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 ft) > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky Lackey (S) > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

Temps in the low to mid 80's, partly cloudy and steady Northerly wind.

Memorial day weekend crowds enjoying the park today so there were quite a few people on the trails - everyone pleasant and cheerful so no problems.  Lots of birds out at first - saw Painted Buntings, Vermillion Flycatchers, Kingbirds, and all the usual crowd. After noon they all took a siesta. Still no raptors though.

Saw my first "real" snake today - about five feet in front of me getting ready to cross the trail; it was some type of coachwhip and was brownish, very long (guesstimate about four feet long) and thick.  As I was raising the camera, it did a 180 and disappeared quickly.  Still no rattlers sighted this year but I did talk to an equestrian who told me she saw three rattlers last week when she was riding in the park.

Trails have been worked on and are very easy to traverse, you'll still get some weeds in your shoes but it's not too bad. Bee brush is once again in bloom - 3rd time this year - and scents the air with vanilla perfume!

NOTES

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

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

 

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 5/16/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park      3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 yards) > Suzanne's Trail (W) > Lanky lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area   3.7 miles

Leg 3 - Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area  2.9 miles

Temp 72 to start, 88 at end.  Overcast then sunny, humid and strong WSW wind.

Park personnel have been busy !  Most of the trails have been mowed although Red Dam Loop still needs a trim.  The trails are much easier to traverse.  While you still have to watch for snakes, now it is easier to do.  Speaking of which, a park attendant told me a HUGE rattler had been killed recently - still haven't seen any this year.

I saw a fairly large number of Nighthawks flying around.  Lots of other birds including a Vermillion Flycatcher, a Painted Bunting, lots of sparrows, Mockingbirds, et al.  For some reason I haven't seen many raptors.

A good hike nonetheless!

NOTES

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

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

Water and toilets available at the mid-way point of Roadrunner Loop.

Water and shade available at numerous campsites running alongside Roadrunner Loop.

 

 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout
San Angelo State Park - 5/7/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out     Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Lower Big Hill > service road (S then NW) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (ENE) > Cougar Lookout       5.8 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > service road (N) > North Scenic Loop > service road (ENE) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   3.3 miles

Temps 70 to start and 87 at end, sunny, no clouds with steady South wind.

A good hike that would have been better if the trails had been groomed.  The vegetation is covering major portions of Dinosaur Trail resulting in a slower pace as I had to constantly be aware of where the trail was and watch for snakes.  The vegetation is so dense on Lower Big Hill Trail I recommend you stay off unless you are familiar with the trail and have to use it - use Upper Big Hill instead.

Saw two snakes today - one about 8-10 inches long, very thin and dark grey/black in color.  The second was a 2-3 foot water snake in a pond - unknown what type.

The sun was shining, there was a steady breeze to keep pesty bugs off, the wildflowers were blooming, bugs pollinating and bird singing with quite a few lizards sunning - it was a very good hike!

NOTES

Water and shade available at Bell's Trailhead - water in the campground/picnic areas.

Shade and info kiosk available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area - NO WATER AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Shade, info kiosk and a Bicycle Repair Station (!) available at Cougar Lookout.  The repair station is legit and contains attached tools and an air pump.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at the River Bend Ghost Camp. CAUTION WHEN USING THE TOILETS DUE TO INSECTS/SNAKES.

South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 4/26/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -   Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Lankey Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park   3.2 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 > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.2 miles

Temp in the low 70's, sunny, STRONG northerly winds.

Good hike today with quite a few animals spotted - javalina, cottontail rabbit, Jack Rabbit, white tail deer, and a Mexican ground squirrel.  The winds were VERY strong and kept a lot of the birds out of the air - when I saw birds, they never flew more than a few feet away.

Trails were dry, some had been groomed but a lot of them have become covered with vegetation; especially some type of knee high, or taller, weeds with a very sharp, pointed head that has a tendency to jab you when you walk through a patch.  The Talley Valley trail is in need of some repairs due to erosion as well as the vegetation so caution is advised if you hike it.

Bee brush is once again blooming and scent the air.  I was surprised at the relatively low number of cactus flowers in bloom.  The ones in bloom have numerous bees and other insects acting as pollinators. 

The Boy Scout bridge on Burkett Trail has signs posted advising caution due to bee activity - first time I've seen this type of sign.  I didn't notice any bees but the wind may have kept them at bay.

All in all, a good hike.

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 Burkett Park Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 4/15/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.6 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area       3.3 miles

Temps 70 to start, 76 at end.  Overcast, humid and steady South wind.

Lots of people in the park today - RV's in almost all the spots, kids on bikes, runners, hikers and bikers on the trails.  Trails dry and easy to hike but vegetation covers them in spots.  Saw my first cactus flower, as well as my first lizard, of the year on this hike.  

Did the hike in sandals (Teva Hurricane XLT) and had no problems.  The vast majority of the trails are rocky so I usually get about 400-500 miles out of a pair of sandals before the rocks feel like they are coming through the soles and the sandals are replaced.  Surprisingly, I rarely have any problems with thorns, stickers or rocks while hiking.  I like how my feet stay cool but acknowledge they get DIRTY!!

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at many campsites alongside the Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets available at the mid-way point.

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