MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 251 (Rank: 4th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,943.40 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.74 Miles

Average Rating: (4.32)
Average Difficulty: (1.26)
Average Solitude: (4.54)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 11/15/2017

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

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One of the best Falls in the park!

Of the waterfalls we hiked, this one was the best! Beautiful area with lots of scenic views. Make sure you follow the trail to the end to get here. [St. Mary and Virginia Falls]

Log Entries

Did Everything in One Day
Seminole Canyon State Park - 11/15/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Temps started at 68 ended at 85, foggy then sunny, no wind then North wind.

This is a summary of my day at the park separated into three legs for easy reference.

Leg 1 - Windmill Nature Walk - approx .7 miles roundtrip

This hike starts behind the Visitor Center and ends at the park entrance road approximately .35 miles away; return on said road for a total hike distance of about .7 mile.   The hike meanders along a path filled with identification markers of various plants native to the park.  There is a historical sign near the end of the hike regarding the old windmill (no longer functioning).  Although it is relatively short, you will get a work out hiking up and down the hillside.  

Leg 2 - Fate Bell Cave Tour - approx 1.2 - 2 miles roundtrip

This hike can only be done as a member of the park conducted guided tour ($ - check with the park as to dates and times).  The total distance is about 1.2 miles although we were told it was 2 miles long.  Leisurely hike as you learn about the Native American pictographs the park is known for.  I recommend this tour and advise you to make sure you're wearing comfortable hiking shoes, bring water, and have a good camera!

Leg 3 - Rio Grande and Canyon Rim Trails - my route was 8.1 miles

STRONGLY SUGGEST you get a free park trail map when you go to the Visitor's Center it's easy to read and most important, it's accurate!  

There are no trees in the park but lots of scrub and various cactus which means you will be hiking in the open - an important factor in the summer months.  These trails can be hiked separately or combined (I suggest you combine the hikes totaling approx 8 miles).  Both hikes start at the Rio Grande Trailhead; the Canyon Rim Trail branches off approx .45 miles in (according to the park trail map).  Of the two trails, the Rio Grande Trail is the easiest as you are hiking on a crushed stone/dirt road along the western edge of the park.  Both trails are well marked with mileage markers about every .25 mile.  Where there is a junction with another trail, it is clearly marked. 

I followed the Rio Grande trail until it headed for the Panther Cave Overlook; I went straight and connected to the Canyon Rim Trail which took me to the Rio Grande View Area.  From there, I stayed on the Canyon Rim Trail as I headed North, saw the Panther Cave Pictograph site and continued on the Canyon Rim Trail.  Canyon Rim is more arduous with many portions of the trail being rock, either loose or one single piece, and there are inclines and decents but it's certainly do-able.  On this trail you'll have many views of Seminole Canyon, it's inhabitants and plants.  As always, make sure you have plenty of water and be advised, there is NO SHADE except at the few viewing areas which are clearly marked on the park's trails map.

Panther Cave is one of the park highlights and well worth the effort to see it.  Be advised, you cannot go to Panther Cave but view it from viewpoint across the canyon (there is a boat tour available at certain times of the year but I have no direct knowledge of the cost or when it is offered).

A word of advice - look to the right of the Pather Cave Overlook shelter/info kiosk and you'll see a trail (not listed on the map) that goes along the edge of the cliff.  Follow it, always making sure you stay safe, and at some point you'll have a direct view across the canyon to the inside of the cave with the pictographs.  

NOTES

GET A FREE TRAILS MAP at the Visitor Center!!!

NO WATER on the trails - make sure you bring plenty.

Water, shade, info and toilets available at the Visitor Center.

Park Mid-Section Burkett park to 5 Points Junction
San Angelo State Park - 11/3/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Out     Burkett park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo (ENE) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction       3.9 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail . Burkett park    3.8 miles

Temp start at 50, end at 78, sunny, few clouds, light breeze.

A hike with a purpose.  Been reports of a white deer, not an albino, near Bell's Point.  We looked and couldn't find a white deer but we did see this season's first Ruby Crowned Kinglet (photo attached).

The trails are well maintained with the exception of Playground trail and it is in need of grooming and in a few places, some rock or dirt to fill eroded areas.  Still passable but ....

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

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

 

South Shore Playground parking area to Nature Loop figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 11/1/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Route   Playground parking area > Chaparral > Tally Valley > Horny Toad (N)> service road (W) > Tasajilla Flats (N) > Nature Loop (S) > Horny Toad (S) > Tasajilla Flats (E)  > Playground parking area     3.2 miles

Temp from 50-52, sunny, light breeze and mild.

Easy hike along some lesser used trails.  Tally Valley and Horny Toad are in need of some maintenance, i.e., filling in rough spots with rock or dirt, but otherwise all trails in pretty good condition. Saw some deer, a Kestrel and numerous small birds.  Very pleasant hike on a beautiful Fall-like morning!

NOTES

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett park
San Angelo State Park - 10/27/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.5 miles

Return  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.1 miles

Temps in the low 40's, strong North wind, sunny.

A cold front moved through the area giving perfect weather for a hike!  All the trails were easy to traverse; the vegetation is dying out and there were no snakes to look out for.  Saw individual birds here and there although near the end of the hike, we saw a few small groups of  whitetail deer. 

Only picked up a few pieces of trash on the trails so it was 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.

Fitness Hike - Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/25/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Route -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.0 miles

Working with a friend to help get him back into hiking. 

Roadrunner Loop was created for runners and hikers only - no mountain bikes or equestrians are allowed.  The trail is in an irregular oval shape, is mostly dirt and level - very easy to traverse.

It parallels the RV and tent camping areas.  There are some mesquite trees along the trail but for a good portion, the trail is in the open and there is no shade which in the Summer, can be brutal.

Numerous park birds can be seen as can deer, turkeys and javalinas.

NOTES

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

Water and toilets are available at the mid-way point by the camping area.

Water and shade is available at numerous campsites on the opposite side of the road parallelling the trail.