MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 275 (Rank: 4th) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,130.00 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.75 Miles

Average Rating: (4.30)
Average Difficulty: (1.22)
Average Solitude: (4.52)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 5/23/2018

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

Photos

New Stream at North Slick Rock.

Recent rains provided some run-off down a portion of the North Slick Rock trail. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett park
San Angelo State Park - 5/23/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > park road to Isabel Harte > service road (NW) > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Winding Snake (N 20 meters) > Burkett park        4.8 miles

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

Temp started at 70, ended at 82.  Sunny, light breeze.

Easy hike along dry, easy to traverse, familiar trails as well as a walk along an old service road.  Lots of birds out today - saw four nighthawks hunting, three Vermillion Flycatchers and a Yellow Billed Cuckoo (first I've seen in a year or more) in addition to all the other usual birds.  Also saw a couple of cottontail rabbits and some small lizards - no snakes spotted this time!

The heavy rainfall we experienced last week helped "green up" the park and got a few more cactus flowers to bloom.  Don't know why but the first wave of cactus blooms were almost all a solid yellow color; today, there were numerous blooms that were orange-ish with distinct red highlights. Saw quite a few yellow flowers and some patches of Mexican Hat flowers.  The bee brush is blooming in numerous spots and their vanilla scent was present for most of the hike.

NOTES

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

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

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout Trails and Roads
San Angelo State Park - 5/13/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Burkett Park > Winding Snake (20 meters) > Suzanne's Trail (W) > Lankey Lackey (W 20 meters) > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend (NE) > service road (NE) > Cougar Lookout        5.5 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > service road (SW) (stay on always heading S or SW) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.1 miles

Temp started at 75, low overcast, steady winds.  Gradually less overcast and temp at 86.

Hiked the trails out to Cogar Lookout and then followed the service roads back to Burkett trail for an easy return trip.  Saw a large snake (non-poisonous) on West Potts Creek - I had been warned people saw rattlers so I was fortunate the snake I saw was NOT a rattler.  I also saw four Common Nighthawks which may not sound like much but I haven't seen this once common bird in awhile so to me, it was noteworthy.

Trails are still easy to see and traverse.  The Bee Brush is just starting to bloom so every now and then I caught a whiff of vanilla.

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 bicycle repair station available at Cougar Lookout.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction and Back
San Angelo State Park - 5/7/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours

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

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller  Coaster > Lanky Lackey (10 meters) > Suzanne's Trail (NE) > Burkett Park     4.7 miles

Temp at begining was 68, sunny and light wind.  Temp at end was 88, sunny and steady wind.

Leisurely hike in the park's mid-section.  A lot of the area was burned during the past Winter and up until a few short weeks ago, everything seemed black and barren with occasional spots of green.  After last week's rain, there is much more green in view as well as numerous cactus in bloom.  The trails are dry, easy to see and traverse.  No snakes spotted although there were a few lizards scampering about as well as quite a few birds singing for mates.

Not much else to say except any hike is a good hike.

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.
 

North Shore West Side Hike
San Angelo State Park - 5/2/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Temp started at 75, cloudy and windy.  At end, temp was 93, sunny and windy.

Hike began across the road (FM2288) from the park's North Shore entrance.  Go through the gate and follow the dirt road/path until the end.  Turn around and return along the same route.  I suggest you pull up Google Earth and look at the satellite photos (as of this writing dated Mar 2015).  The trail is easy to see as it runs along the North Concho river, which is mostly dry at this time. 

The "trail" is an old dirt road which at points, narrows to a path, before widening out again.  There are no trail markers and maintenance is minimal (IMO).  The main reason I like this hike is simply to see the birds.  The North Concho River runs through this area and the trail somewhat parallels the river.  Bear in mind, the area is in a multi-year drought; major portions of the river are DRY.

Nonetheless, there are patches of water along the river and that is where the bird activity is.  Great Blue Herons, various raptors, as well as different songbirds, can be seen if you're patient.  Today, I saw Vermillions Flycatchers, a Painted Bunting, lots of smaller, less colorful birds, a few hawks and a Caracara - the second I've seen in all my time at the park.

The park's cattle were there in abundant numbers as well; numerous calves with both parents present. 

NOTES

First and foremost - if you want to hike in this area, check with park personnel beforehand as this area is used extensively for hunting at various times of the year - even if the rest of the park doesn't allow hunting.

Private land borders this area so always know where you are and do not trepass!!!

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at the North Shore gatehouse where you will park your vehicle.

South Shore Playground parking area to Isabel Harte Loop and The Roadrunner
San Angelo State Park - 4/24/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area       1.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > park road to Isabel Harte > Chaparral > Playground parking area    4.5 miles

Temp around 65 at start, end at 75.  Sunny with light winds.

Easy hike along familiar trails.  LOTS of bird activity singing and buidling nests.  Trails all dry and easy to walk upon.

Not really a lot going on but enjoyable nonetheless.

NOTES

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