San Angelo State Park

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50.00 Miles
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$4.00
4stars (4.25)336
1star (1.10)
4point5stars (4.62)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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Photos
Survived the hunts!
This young buck survived the recent hunts - perhaps his luck will continue for a few more years! (Photo by MikeHikes)
A View of O.C. Fisher at 10% capacity
Not much water but enough for some of the migrating birds. The dam is eight miles long and being repaired by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Last Sunset of 2019
After the hike, I waited for sunset and was rewarded with this. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Small piece of Roadrunner Loop
The trail is designed for hikers only. It's pretty level with very modest inclines/declines and is mostly dirt with a few rocky places. O.C. Fisher reservoir (presently at 11% capacity) can be seen in the background. (Photo by MikeHikes)
New Info Kiosk at Bell's Trailhead
Some years back, the old info kiosk was destroyed by high winds. This year the park has put new info kiosks at various locations in the park. There are really informative! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Missing a Point but Still Kicking
Took me a second to notice the buck is missing one of his points (above left ear) - does this make him an 8 or 7 point buck? He didn't mind losing a point as long as the hunters continue to lose sight of him. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Survivor
Park was closed last week for hunting - at least one buck escaped! He very cautiously watched me and after I took his photo, he bolted into the brush and disappeared. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Died too Young
Was surprised to see this young coachwhip. I don't know if the warmer weather brought him out or some other reason. In any event, he met his end and the ants were having a feast. (Photo by MikeHikes)
The Only One Who Sat Still
The other members of the javelina family scampered into the surrounding brush but this one stayed in place sniffing and waiting to see if I'd follow - I didn't. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Orange Crowned Warbler
Looks like a winter visitor is back! (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Portion of the Lanky Lackey Trail
A good percentage of this trail is rocky with loose soil. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Axis Deer inside the park.
Normally I only see White tail deer but there were three Axis deer (Only got a photo of one) with some White tail deer, fairly close to the park entrance gate. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
South Shore Playground parking area to Isabel Harte and the Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/20/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > park road (NNE) to Isabel Harte > Chaparral Trailhead     3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Chaparral Trail > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral Trail > Playground parking area     2.0 miles

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

Temp started at 37, ended at 50.  Partly cloudy then sunny.  Little to no wind.

Trails on legs 1 & 2 were damp but easy to hike on.  Numerous deer were out in small and large groups - in one herd, I counted 12 deer.  There were few birds out and the ones that were, stayed fairly low to the ground or in the brush.  When I hiked on Roadrunner Loop, the trail was much wetter; numerous times, I stopped to knock off clumps of mud that stuck to my hiking boots.  On this part of the hike, there was no animal or bird activity.

Overall, the hike was uneventful but relaxing. 

NOTES

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

Water and shade are available at various campsites parallel to Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets available at two locations alongside the the trail as well.

South Shore Burkett Park to Roadrunner Loop and back
By MikeHikes on 1/9/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Roadrunner Loop (by park entrance) > Playground parking area    6.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park      2.9 miles

Temps in low 70's, sunny with a steady 10 mph Westerly wind.

First hike of 2020!  Starting mileage is 2665.4 miles with 335 logged entries.

Late start for the hike - started at 1300 - but it was good nonetheless.  The animals and birds were not visible until near the end of the hike when I saw a couple of deer as well as a few birds.  It wasn't until I was driving back home that I saw 11 javalinas crossing the park road in front of me.

Trash was picked up along the trail, I got to stretch my legs and enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures so it was a good hike.

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and bathrooms available at various points at the campsites parallel to Roadrunner Loop.

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

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and back
By MikeHikes on 12/31/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.40 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out -      Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > service road (ENE Trailhead to Trailhead Trail) > Cougar Overlook    3.0 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SSW) > River Bend (S) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     5.4 miles

Temps started at 64, ended at 54.  Sunny with high wispy clouds, light wind.

Last hike for 2019!  The route out was very easy since the majority of it was on the service road.  I watched two fairly large hawks chase after birds - the birds escaped and the hawks went hungry.  The return leg was almost as easy, the trails were dry except for a few places where there was mud from rains we had a few days ago.  Longhorns were out wandering in groups of six or less; some of the groups had young calves with them.

All in all, it was a nice, quiet hike and a good way to end the year.

STATS - Mileage at beginning of the year - 2324.5   Mileage at the end of the year -  2665.4     Total miles hiked -  340.9  Number of hikes this year - 40

NOTES

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

South Shore Roadrunner Loop and a Trash Pick-up
By MikeHikes on 12/27/2019
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 - Park road to park entrance and back.   2.8 miles

Leg 2 - Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.0 miles

Temp was 64, heavy overcast and 10-15 mph wind.

As I drove along the park road to the entrance, I was saddened by the amount of trash lying along, and near, the road so I resolved to spend the first portion of today's hike picking it up.  I walked both sides of the road and filled a large black trash bag with empty beer bottles and cans, lots of fast food wrappers, a few Starbucks and AllSup's cups, plastic straws, innumerable cigarette butts (the Marlboro Man continues to ride!) and quite a bit of loose paper.  I'm sure in a day or so, there will be some trash to replace what was picked up but at least for the time I was there, the entire road to the park entrance was trash-free.

The hike along Roadrunner was good - the trail had been groomed and leveled in the recent past (photo attached).  I saw about a dozen white tail deer at various places on the trail, no bucks though.  A few birds were out but it was pretty quiet.

Not much else to report!

NOTES

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

Water and shade are available at various campsites along Roadrunner Loop and there are two shower houses/toilets along the route.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook and Back
By MikeHikes on 12/13/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Out  -      Bell's Trailhead > service road (.25 miles S) > Dinosaur Trail > DInosaur Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook      5.7 miles

Return -   Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > River Bend (WNW) > service road (N) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > service road (WNW) > Scenic Loop > service road (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead      3.7 miles

Temps started at 44, ended at 70.  Sunny with no wind on the way out but a steady 10-15 mph NNW wind on the way back.

Hiked along damp and, in some places, muddy trails today.  Saw numerous turkeys, deer (bucks, does and fawns) and various birds including Kestrels, hawks, White Crowned Sparrows, and others. The North Concho River has water in places but there are a lot of parts of the river that are dry; easy to see this when you get to Cougar Overlook and view the river.  There is a large rock in the middle of the river that's a good gauge - when there is water in the river, the top of the rock is visible but when the water is low (like now), the entire rock is dry as well as the land around it.  We need rain and lots of it!

NOTES

Water and info kiosk available at Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Campground.  Be cautious when using the toilets

South Shore Burkett Park to Armadillo Ridge and Playground Parking Area
By MikeHikes on 12/6/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo Trail (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground Parking Area

Leg 3 - Playground Parking Area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park

Temps started at 46 and ended at 64.  Sunny with light N wind.

Hiked along very familiar trails that were dry, groomed and easy to see.  The park had been closed for hunting earlier this week but I saw three fairly large bucks (photo of one buck attached) as well as doe and fawns.  Also spotted a lone javalina that didn't even pay any attention to me.  Hawks and Loggerhead Shrikes were out hunting but I saw no kills.  Saw a lot of birds including Black Throated Sparrows, Black Tufted Titmice and others.

More people were on the trails than I expected but it was still a nice, peaceful hike.

NOTES

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground Parking Area.

 

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Back
By MikeHikes on 11/19/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Out      -  Playground Parking Area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park      3.6 miles

Return  -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area      3.2 miles

Temps at start were 39, at end 71.  Sunny with high wispy clouds and little to no wind.

During last week's hike, the temperatures rapidly changed from warm to cold; this week, they went from cold to warm!  An easy hike along dry, groomed, easy to see and traverse trails. With the seasonal change and little to no rain, almost all of the vegetation has died back and dried up so the trails are very easy to see and hike on.  Animal and bird activity was pretty good - I saw white tail deer as well as quite a few birds including some migrating pelicans flying over the reservoir which is at 11% capacity (not a lot of water but some is better than none and it attracts the migrating birds).  A few grasshoppers and other insects were also spotted with a lone butterfly seen as well.

Not much else to report.

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 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 11/11/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out -     Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Turkey Creek > 5 Points JUnction    4.0 miles

Return - 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Armadillo > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.5 miles

Temps started at 62 and overcast with light wind.  Finished with temp at 43, heavy overcast, and strong north winds.

A quiet stroll through the park's mid-section before the park was closed due to a scheduled hunt, for the remainder of this week.  I saw four 4, 6 and 8 point bucks, three does and four fawns at various times during the hike - good luck to them!  I saw some birds but not many, due to the dropping temperatures and steadily increasing winds, especially when the north winds gustily signaled that an anticipated cold front had arrived.

All trails were easy to see and traverse.  Even with the sudden temperature drop and stong, cold winds, it was a very nice hike!

NOTES -

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

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point. 

South Shore Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 11/5/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Route -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     6.1 miles

Temps started at 55, ended at 71.  Partly cloud with light, intermittent breezes.

Entire route was groomed, dry, easy to see and traverse.  Animals were out - I saw a family of 5-7 javelinas but could only get a photo of one that decided to sit still and not be seen.(photo attached). I also saw a whitetail doe and her two fawns leisurely eating as I watched.  Numerous birds were out such as a Kestrel, a Loggerhead Shrike, White Crowned Sparrows as well as others.  I also saw, for the first time in quite a while, a cotton rat as it scampered up the trail ahead of me before disappearing in the scrub. 

Not much else happened today!

NOTES

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

 

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and back
By MikeHikes on 10/22/2019
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Out      Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park       3.9 miles

Return  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Horny Toad > Talley Vally > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.6 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 73.  Sunny, light wind, low humidity.

Slow, leisurely hike on well defined and groomed trails.  Saw a few deer - no bucks, only does and larger fawns.  Birds were somewhat active at first but then stayed in the brush or much higher up. We saw Turkey Vultures, Black Buzzards, a few raptors as well as an American Kestrel and a Loggerhead Shrike.  Saw a few Orange Crowned Warblers (photo attached).  Not much else to report.

NOTES

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

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

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