San Angelo State Park

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San Angelo
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Photos
The Phoenix Rises From The Ashes
Like the legendary Phoenix, the park is rising from the ashes of the the December 2021 prescribed fires as evidenced by this photo taken on January 19, 2022. I hope the animals and birds return as well. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Lonely Meadowlark
The only Meadowlark spotted today. Not much else went on. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Just A Sparrow
Didn't see a lot of birds but this Sparrow jumped in the tree and waited for me to take his picture. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Ready for Action
The Kestrel was ready for the Mocker to attack but the Mocker took advantage of the situation and flew in the opposite direction. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Sow and six piglets
I've spotted feral hogs at a distance - today I saw a solitary boar on the trail relatively close and then about a mile further down the trail, I spotted a sow with six piglets. Cute but destructive. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Many parts of the trails were burned.
Major portions of the trails were burned during the prescribed burns two weeks ago. Hope the grasses grow back! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Not Many birds but a few White Crowned Sparrows
Most of the birds were out of sight but this one posed briefly before flying away to join his compadres. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Fall Colors
The colors of Fall at the San Angelo State Park - yellow Mesquite leaves. There are other trees but this is the predominant one in the park at the South Shore. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Yellow Garden Spider
Spotted it in the middle of it's circular web. No dew drops to show the web but here is the spider! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Mist in the Valley
One of the trailheads for the Nature Trail. The mist was in the valleys and the lake. Looked nice but it quickly dissipated when the sun rose. (Photo by MikeHikes)
First Meadowlark of the Season
First Meadowlark of the season spotted on Dinosaur Trail. They are Winter visitors and a sign that the seasons are changing! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Axis Deer Buck
A month or so ago, I saw an Axis deer doe and fawns on the other side of the river. Today I saw the buck quite a distance away but still in the park. Not the best photo but easy to identify him. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/24/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction     3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster Trail > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   4.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Nature Trail  .5 miles

Temp started at 40, ended at 60.  Mostly sunny with a 5-10mph SW breeze.  Humid at first but dried quickly.

A good hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  The morning air smelled like "wet desert" which is one of my favorite scents!  Unfortunately there wasn't much to see as far as wildlife.  I spotted about six deer, a Flicker, a couple of raptors that appeared to be red tailed hawks but were so high up and far away I wasn't sure.  A few Mockingbirds and Sparrows were it.  One surprise was finding a dead grasshopper that was very large, and uneaten. 

I believe I've finished picking up the old bottles and cans on the Nature Trail as well as on the Tasajilla Flats Trail that were revealed by last month's burn.  I'm sure more will make their appearance as the wind and rains reveal them. 

No photos were taken today which is very unusual but there just wasn't anything to photograph but I'm sure there will be on the next hike.

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.

South Shore - Isabel Harte to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 1/19/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 11.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Isabel Harte > Winding Snale > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo Ridge > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park       5.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground Parking Area > Chaparral > Isabel Harte   5.3 miles

Leg 3 -  Nature Trail   .5 miles

Temp started at 55, ended at 75.  Sunny with a few clouds and a 10-15mph Westerly wind.  A few sprinkles when I started at 0730 but they ended quickly.

A long hike in good weather along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  There is a major cold front moving in today so I wanted to get a good long hike in and I did.  I saw about a dozen deer, a single Turkey Vulture, a single Yellow Shafted Flicker, a few Mockingbirds and about 20 sparrows of various kinds.  The surprise was seeing a Queen butterfly as I was leaving.

The park is recovering from the prescribed fires (photo attached) and I hope the multi day freeze we're expecting starting tonight does not affect the recovery.

NOTES

Shade available at numerous campsites at Isabel Harte. Water is at a central location.

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Tasajilla Flats
By MikeHikes on 1/13/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park       3.7 miles

Leg 2 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

Leg 3 - Tasajilla Flats northern most section   1.4 miles

Temps started at 33, ended at 70.  Sunny, very high wispy clouds, light 1-5mph SW breeze.

All trails easy to see and traverse.  Not much went on during the hike.  I saw at least a dozen white tail deer, a Meadowlark (photo attached) a few Mockingbirds, a single Kestrel and a few sparrows.  Saw a hiker who told me I just missed a good photo.  He said about 10 minutes earlier, he saw a "big black bird" on the trail lift off and in it's talons was a Jack Rabbit!  I assume it was either a Black Buzzard or a Turkey Vulture and also assume the Jack Rabbit was dead. 

Spent an extra hour on Tasajilla Flats picking up old bottles and cans last month's prescribed fires revealed.  This part of the trail used to be underwater and it's easy to see where the favorite fishing holes were - just look for the pint whiskey bottles, beer bottles and cans; bring 'em, drink 'em and sink 'em.  I picked up a 40# bird seed bag full of trash and there are still more bottles and cans waiting for me to gather.

NOTES

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/9/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > River Bend (N) > Ghost Camp Connector > Upper Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > North Slick Rock > service road (N) > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead      3.6 miles

Temp  started at 44, ended at 51.  Partly cloudy. Steady 10-15mph N wind.

Easy hike along familiar trails.  Saw some deer and a few birds but not much else due to the cold and steady wind.  I was surprised to see a lone grasshopper - I assumed they had all died off or been eaten.  

NOTES

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

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

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

 

 

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/4/2022
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster Trail > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road NNW > Cougar Overlook     5.7 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SW) > Trailhead to Trailhead trail > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.1 miles

Temp started at 34, ended at 64.  Sunny with a steady SW wind at 10-15mph.

1st hike of 2022! 

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  No animals spotted but I saw some birds including a Kestrel (photo attached).  The Kestrel was at Cougar Overlook and landed on a tree.  A Mockingbird landed by him and  when the Kestrel lifted off so did the Mocker.  The Kestrel flipped upside down ready for the Mocker's attack but the Mocker went in the opposite direction.

Miles hiked prior to this one         - 3453.0

Number of hikes prior to this one  - 432

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 12/30/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.80 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > River Bend (N) > Ghost Camp Connector > Upper Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead      5.6 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 65.  Partly cloudy very light wind.

A good hike to end the year!  I saw about a dozen deer, numerous birds and feral hogs.  First I saw a boar and about a mile later, a sow with six piglets.  I know they are destructive but the piglets were just bouncing around mom.  Very cute!  Otherwise, the trails were good, the prescribed burning had not touched this part of the park. 

Starting Mileage -  3038.1

Ending Mileage   - 3453.0

Miles Hiked        -  414.9

Number of hikes this year - 52

NOTES

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

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

Info kiosk, shade and a bicycle repair station are available at Cougar Overlook.

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

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/22/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > Tsajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.8 miles

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

Temps started at 39 and ended at 68.  Sunny with a constant WNW 5-10mph breeze.

Easy hike along easy to see trails.  Major portions of this hike were through trails that had been part of the prescribed burn a few weeks ago.  Significant portions of Tasajilla Flats, Nature Trail Winding Snake and Red Dam Loop were blackened which revealed a couple of bags worth of old cans and bottles.  No animals spotted and only a few birds although I saw a Rofous Sided Towhee and a pair of Black Buzzards. 

Not much else to report.

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.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/19/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett Trail > Potts Creek Trail > Armadillo Ridge (W) > Turkey Creek (N) > 5 Points Junction  3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone Trail (S) > service road (NE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   2.0 miles

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

Temps started at 38 and ended at 44.  Overcast, very slight, inconsistent NW breeze.

Easy hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  More burned areas along Roadrunner Loop (Leg 3) than on the other two legs.  Once again, not much animal activity - spotted three deer on the way in and one deer on the trail.  A Loggerhead Shrike and a small flock of White Crowned Sparrows (photo attached) were also seen while on the hike.  Otherwise, it was just a cold, dry day for hiking.

NOTES

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

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

Water and shade available at numerous campsites along the Roadrunner Loop as well as three toilets at different spots.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 12/17/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.70 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Trail > Potts Creek Trail > Armadillo Ridge (W) > Turkey Creek (N) > 5 Points Junction  3.7 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone Trail (S) > service road (NE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   2.0 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 70.  Overcast, little to no wind, slight humidity.

Easy hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  Portions of the park had been part of a prescribed burn - portions of this route were affected but not negatively.  I saw 3 deer and less than a dozen birds, one of which was a Meadowlark.  There was a smell of smoke in certain areas but overall it was a pleasant hike.  No photos taken.

NOTES - 

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 11/20/2021
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

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

Leg 2 - Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral Trail > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.3 miles

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

Temp started at 49 ended at 72.  Sunny with gradually increasing SW winds.

Very easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails.  Admittedly, there are a few areas that could do with some cutting but overall the trails are easy to see and hike on.  Numerous deer were seen and I had one four point buck, aware of me but very nonchalant about it, walking parallel to me about 20 yards away on Nature Trail.  Birds spotted were sparse but I am seeing Meadowlarks in increasing numbers.  The most surprising thing was seeing what I believe was a 10 inch Plains Garter Snake sunning on Chaparral Trail near the Playground Parking Area.  He moved quickly and I couldn't get a photo.

NOTES

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

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

Water and shade available at various campsites along Roadrunner Loop and there is an info kiosk and toilets available at three places on the loop in the campgrounds.

 

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