San Angelo State Park

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4stars (4.24)461
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4point5stars (4.62)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
Another Horned Lizard
Last few hikes I've taken included a sighting of a Horned Lizard. Glad they are again making an appearance. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Lonely Fisherman
The only fisherman I saw on the hike and when I got closer, he flew away. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Off with the Old Skin
Looks bad but he was not in pain and moved quickly. Never saw this before. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Thirsty Fawn
The park maintains numerous water troughs and tanks for the wildlife to use due to the ongoing drought. This fawn used the water trough located at Bell's Point in the park's mid-section. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Death Brings Life
A wasp placed a paralyzed but still living tarantula in a hole for the wasp's young to devour when the eggs hatched. BRUTAL but it is what it is. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Cleared to Land
Bee bush has started to bloom and attracts bees and other bugs. The scent of vanilla is intoxicating!! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Surveying His Domain
This majestic looking hawk was on Red Dam Loop and followed me as I hiked along the top of the "dam". A very calm and majestic bird! (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Morning Doe
She watched me as I drove into the park. No fawns or bucks around, just the doe. (Photo by MikeHikes)
The Royal Kingbird
One of the few birds out today due to the strong and cold, Northerly winds. A beautiful bird to be sure! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Busy Bee
This bee really enjoyed being inside the flower as evidenced by the pollen clinging to his body. (Photo by MikeHikes)
1st Cactus Flower of the 2022 Season!
Near 5 Points Junction, I saw this flower which already had a few insects crawling inside. Hopefully, the rains will come and allow more to grow. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Looking for a Mate
The weather is warmer and Spring is here. This cactus wren was singing loud and long, hoping to attract a mate. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 7/1/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (NW) > Cougar Overlook    5.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > serice road (SSW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.1 miles

Temp started at 75, ended at 95.  Sunny with light SW breeze.

Easy hike along groomed and easy to traverse trails.  Saw a large group of Turkey Vultures sitting in the trees, a few Mockingbirds and a few Ash Throated Flycatchers.  I saw Horned Lizards at two different locations which is very good!  On my last three or four hikes, I've spotted Horned Lizards which is definitely a good thing.  Not much else to report.

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 a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/23/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 - Bell's Trailhead > Traihead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NW) > Cougar Overlook   6.0 miles

Leg 2 - Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > River Bend (N) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    3.4 miles

Temps started at 76 and ended at 90.  Sunny with light steady SW breeze.

Easy hike along groomed and easy to traverse trails.  Gnats were thick when the breeze died down or I went to a low spot with no breeze.  Not many birds were out and only a few deer were seen.  There is some water in the river and I saw a lone Blue Heron (photo attached) looking for a meal - good luck!

Not much else to report

NOTES

Water and shade available at the campground by Bell's Trailhead.  Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station at Bell's Trailhead.

Water, shade, info kiosk available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Campground.

 

 

South Shore - Isabel Harte to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/19/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Isabel Harte Day Use Area > Winding Snake > Burkett Park    2.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > park road (WSW) > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > service road (NE) > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Isabel Harte   2.7 miles

Temp started at 77, ended at 89.  Sunny with a steady SW breeze.

Easy hike along familiar and easy to traverse trails.  Spotted not one but two Horned Toads and one of them was in the process of molting which I had never seen before!  He looked strange with all his skin sloughing off but moved quickly and was in no obvious discomfort (photo attached). 

I saw two tarantulas at different locations and of course a Tarantula Hawk but at a different place.  There are still some bee bushes in bloom and at one location, there were lots of small white butterflies all over the bushes.  Otherwise, not many animals or birds were spotted.

All in all a good hike PLUS this hike puts me at #1 for total miles hiked in Texas!

NOTES

Shade at campsites and water at a central location are available at Isabel Harte. 

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

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/15/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > potts Creek > Playground by-pass > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook   4.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WNW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.2 miles

Temp started at 78, ended at 88.  Sunny with high clouds and consistently strong & gusty SW winds.

An easy hike along easy to see trails.  Some of the trails have become overgrown with vegetation, particularly Playground Trail north of Bell's Point as well as significant portions of Flintstone Trail.  The trails can be seen but caution is advised due to snakes and other park residents who may be stepped on in the high grass.

Although the strong winds kept many birds down low another factor may have been the numerous Mississippi kites flying around!  I counted a cluster of 15 kites at one point while on Flintstone Trail near 5 Points Junction. 

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/12/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.40 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Badlands Trail > park road     3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Park road (NE) > River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead   1.6 miles

Temp was 78 at start, 90 at end.  Sunny with steady SW wind 10-20mph.

Easy hike along dry and somewhat bushy trails.  Mesquites are growing and their branches are hanging in the trail - caution is advised for bikers and equestrians!  Not much bird activity, no animals spotted but we saw quite a few lizards.  All in all an uneventful, warm but pleasant hike.

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available at nearby campground.

Water, shade and info kiosk availabe at DInosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Campground.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/11/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett park    3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area     3.0 miles

Temp started at 78, ended at 95.  Sunny with steady SW breeze.  Light humidity.

All trails were dry and easy to traverse.  There was some vegetation on portions of various trails but nothing that blocked your view of where you would place your foot.  Spotted this year's first snake - an 18 inch garter snake (?) - light green/grey that popped his head out of a hole, saw me and slithered out of sight.  Unfortunately we also saw a tarantula being dragged by a wasp into a hole where the spider would become food for the wasp's young - BRUTAL!

Lots of folks on the trails and most importantly the fishing pond was filled and overflowing!  How long it will remain so - unknown.

NOTES -

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

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

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/1/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 6.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster Trail > (West) Potts Creek Trail > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction   4.0 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > service road (ENE) > service road (SW) > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     2.3 miles

Temp started at 78, ended at 88.  Patly cloudy, humid with a light SW breeze.

An easy hike along dry and familiar trails. Quite a few people were out today!  The scent of vanilla was subtle but pervasive for the entire hike because the bee bush is starting to bloom.  Not much happened regarding animals or birds with one exception - at the end of the hike, along Burkett Trail, a group of Mississippi Kites were flying nearby.  One stood watch at the top of a dead tree and the others were flying in lazy circles but would burst into aerial acrobatics before resuming their lazy circles in the air. 

NOTES

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/29/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 10.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Horny Toad Trailhead > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snak > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.4 miles

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

Temps started at 78 and ended at 90.  Sunny, with a few clouds.  A strong and consistent SW wind (15-20mph).

What a difference a few days makes!  I was on the trail three days ago and the trails were damp to muddy - today, they were all bone dry.  More people than I normally encounter but there were no problems from anyone so while not the solitude I usually have, it was not bad.

There are more individual cactus blooms out but no clusters or bunches that I could find.  Some of the other wildflowers have disappeared as well.  The gnats that were so prevalent on my last hike were absent today - probably due to the dry conditions and strong winds.  There were some insects out and they were enjoying what flowers and cactus blooms there were.

Only saw two white tail deer and no other animals.  Birds were pretty scare as well although I observed a hawk being chased by a Kingbird for quite a distance.  Later, another hawk on Red Dam Loop keep following me which gave me the chance to get some good photos (one is attached).  I think he felt I would scare up a meal and I believe I almost did.  As I approached a dead mesquite tree the hawk lifted and landed on a branch and was trying to get something but didn't appear to be successful.  I assume it was a spiny lizard or some other small reptile. 

I spotted quite a few lizards on the trail today but got no photos.  All in all it was a warm but windy hike that was very nice.

NOTES

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

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

Water and shade available at various campsites along Roadrunner Loop.  There are three toilets and two of them have showers and info kiosks near Roadrunner Loop.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/26/2022
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Overlook     5.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (WSW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park     3.3 miles

Temp started at 54, ended at 85.  Damp at first but then clear and sunny with a light westerly breeze.

A leisurely hike along damp to muddy trails which eventually dried out as the day passed.  Heavy rain fell for brief periods of time a few days earlier and although it was brief, the vegetation appreciated the water.  More flowers are out as are the gnats.  VERY heavy swarms of gnats were along the damp trails and I had to wipe many of them off my sweatshirt, arms and face as I hiked through the clouds.  Fortunately, they eventually disappeared as the day warmed up and even though they were numerous, they seemed intent on breeding and not bothering to clog up my eyes, ears and nose.

Millipedes and red bugs are also making an appearance.  The agarita bushes have red berries on them and some of the prickly pear cactus blossoms are almost ready to open. 

I saw my first for the year Grey Fox as well as a pair of turkeys.  A small family of javelinas were spotted and photographed as well.

Unfortunately, a skunk had gotten into a stock tank filled with water and when it couldn't get out, had drowned.  I used a stick to remove his body - sad.  Too bad they don't have some type of wildlife ladder that could be put in the tanks to prevent this.

NOTES

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

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/22/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    2.8 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area    3.2 miles

Temp started at 58, ended at 75.  Overcast w/strong Northerly winds (10-20mph).  Near end of hike winds lightened and sun came out briefly.

An unusual cold front moved into the area last night; the temperature and winds reflected the front was still moving in.  Not many birds out except for an occassional Kingbird (photo attached).  One cottontail rabbit was spotted at the beginning of the hike, otherwise, there were no animals spotted until the end when I saw a single White tail deer.  It was a fairly dull hike to be honest but the trails were easy to see and traverse and any hike is better than no hike.

NOTES

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

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

Water and shade are available at the numerous campsites along the Roadrunner Loop.  There are three full toilets and info kiosks at various point near Roadrunner Loop.

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