San Angelo State Park

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San Angelo
Tom Green
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What'cha Doing?
Right at the Chaparral trailhead high in a large mesquite tree, this Scissortail was illuminated by the morning Sun. As I stood there and snapped a few photos, he gave me this inquisitive look. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Lemonmint in Bloom
Lemonmint and gayfeathers are similar in appearance but Lemonmint is in the Spring and gayfeathers in the Fall. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Battle Royale
Numerous balls of bees were fighting along 2 stretches of Dinosaur Trail. Some of the balls were small like this one - others were much larger and the size of my fist. I walked quickly through the battlefield and didn't get stung. (Photo by MikeHikes)
First Cicadas at the Park
Although I found a single dead one a week or so ago, today I saw two living cicadas at two locations. They didn't make much noise but were mobile and flew after getting their photo taken. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Yellow Mexican Hats Attract Bugs
There was a mix of red and yellow as well as yellow with red Mexican Hat flowers in one area. The yellow bugs were attracted to the yellow flowers. (Photo by MikeHikes)
The largest Ring Collared Snake I've seen at the Park.
The title says it all - he was about 18 inches long and stayed still when I snapped this photo. I've seen other Ring Collared snakes at the park but this guy was the largest. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Small Horned Lizard
Second of the day and second one of the season spotted. The first was much larger, this guy isn't much bigger than the pebbles he was on. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Bee Bush in Bllom!
Numerous Bee Bush plants are in bloom at various locations in the park. Vanilla scents are pleasant and the bugs like the plants too! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Cactus Flowers - First for the Season
Scattered throughout the hike were prickly pear cactus with a few flowers just beginning to bloom. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Agarita Berries are being seen
Saw the agarita flowers a while back and now I'm seeing bushes with berries. Not ripe yet but they will be and provide food for the wildlife. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Singing for a Mate
Very vocal "desert cardinal" singing for a mate. Spring is here! (Photo by MikeHikes)
Flower Bottle
Warm, morning sunlight caused the dew to glisten on the flowers .... and the empty beer bottle. This is why I pick up trash as I hike the trails. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 6/12/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 10.70 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.2 miles

Leg 2 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Leg 3 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area   3.7 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 89.  Sunny with a few clouds. Fairly constant 0-5mph breeze from the SE.

Slow easy hike along dew dampened then dry trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Lots of birds out today especially Mockingbirds and quail.  I saw two Horned Toads at different locations which is unusual but very welcome to see.  Only animals I saw were deer and a couple of cottontails.  Overall, it was a very nice hike along familiar trails that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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.

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/6/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

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

Temp started at 75, ended at 87.  Slightly humid, very sunny w/intermittent 0-10mph SW breeze. 

Easy, short hike along dry trails that had been recently groomed.  Quite a few birds were out including a Black Tufted Titmouse which I hadn't seen in quite awhile.  I also saw a turkey hen running away from me with six chicks flying above her trying to keep up.  A few cottontails and a cotton rat as well as deer were also spotted.  Some yellow flowers are making a reappearance and the Lemonmint is becoming more common (photo attached).

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.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 6/1/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.40 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (S) > service road (W) > Javelina Trail > Cougar Overlook     3.5 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (W) > River Bend Trail (N) > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     5.9 miles

Temps started at 67, ended at 83.  Fairly constant SW breeze at 5-10mph.  Sunny w/a few clouds.

A very nice hike!  I saw a beaver at the river by Shady Trail.  I hadn't seen one in quite some time so even though the river is not flowing, the beaver is still there.  Later I saw a juvenile male Summer Tanager, an Axis Doe and fawn, numerous birds, lizards, cottontail rabvbits, white tail deer and lots of BEES! (photo attached).  At two points on Dinosaur Trail (return leg) I had to cross a 30-40 yard long stretch of trail where the bees that lived underground were above ground and locked in battle with other bees.  There were numerous "balls of bees" rolling on the ground fighting, some balls were small and other balls the size of my fist.  I walked quickly through the battlegrounds and avoided the balls of bees and did not get stung. 

NOTES -

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

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

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/27/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster Trail > West Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction    4.4 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.8 miles

Temp started at 64, ended at 88.  Sunny, humid w/very light and intermittent 0-5mph breeze.

Easy hike along damp to wet trails that were easy to traverse.  Not much animal activity except for a few cottontail rabbits and two sightings of cotton rats (I believe).  Numerous lizards and birds were out and I saw two cicadas (photo attached).  Cactus flowers are gone and a lot of the wildflowers seemed to have disappeared as well.  We had a severe hailstorm a few days ago so that may be the reason why.  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.

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

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/18/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 9.90 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral (N) > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.2 miles

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

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

Temps started at 64, ended at 86.  Sunny w/a light 0-10mph SW breeze.

Easy, leisurely hike along damp to dry trails.  Lots more people using the park today (Saturday) than I'm used to seeing.  Saw a sow and four juvenile feral hogs in the distance but the photos taken were not really usable.  LOTS of wildflowers continue to bloom and yellow is still the predominant color (photo attached). 

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 campsites along Roadrunner Loop.  Three toilets and info kiosks available as well.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Big Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/14/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosau Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NNE) > Cougar Overlook     6.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > Lower Ghost Camp > Upper Ghost Camp > Riverbend Camping Area > Lower Ghost Camp (N) > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead     3.4 miles

Temp started at 59, ended at 86.  Sunny w/very light 0-5mph N then SW breeze.

Easy hike along familiar trails that were slightly damp with morning dew.  Lots of bird actvity - I watched a Great Horned Owl hunt near Bell's Trailhead, later I saw a male Painted Bunting having a dirt or any bath, Cardinals and Mockingbirds were singing as well.  Lizrads were spotted and so was a Ring Collared Snake (photo attached).  This snake was about 18 inches long which made him very large for that type of snake (at least as far as the ones I've seen).  The gnats were VERY active and I did the Georgia wave numerous times to shoo them off.  Of note there are literally hundreds if not thousands of holes in the ground at various places along the Dinosaur and Trailhead to Trailhead trails - those holes contains BEES!  I walking through them and they didn't bother me but caution is advised.

NOTES -

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair staton are available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade is available at the nearby campsites.

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

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets are available at the River Bend camping area.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook Loop
By MikeHikes on 5/7/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > service road (W) then (SE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.5 miles

Temp started at 68, ended at 86.  Sunny, light NNW breeze 0-5mph, slightly humid.

Easy hike along damp trails that were easy to see and traverse.  There had been some rains since I last hiked and the trails are rougher because the rains washed off the top layer of soil exposing more rocks underneath.  Two javelinas were spotted as well as two Horned Lizards (i.e., Horny Toads) both were the first of the season sightings.  Numerous wildflowers are now in bloom - yellows predominate followed by reds and a few blues/purples.  Gnats are swarming and I was constantly swatting them away from my face, ears, nose and eyes. 

NOTES -

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

Water, shade and info kiosk availabe 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 5/2/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 5 hours

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

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

Leg 3 -  Playground parking rea > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area     3.1 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 87.  Overcast then mostly cloudy.  Intermittent SW breeze at 0-5mph.

Easy hike along damp to muddy trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Only animals spotted were three Cottontail Rabbits and a male Turkey.  Numerous birds were seen and heard including a Bullock's Oriole, Cardinal and numerous Sparrows.  Lizards were plentiful on Roadrunner Loop.  Wildflowers are blooming with a few Indian Blanketst as well as a LOT of yellow cactus flowers and other yellow flowers in general.  Bee Bush is also blooming and scenting the air (photo attched). 

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 numerous campsites along Roadrunner Loop.  Toilets and info kiosks are located at three places on the Loop as well.

Park Mid-Section -Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 4/24/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 points Junction

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Buirkett Park

Temps started at 66, ended at 74.  Low overcast clouds with no Sun until the end of the hike.  Slightly humid as well.

Quiet, leisurely hike along dew dampened trails that are easy to see and traverse.  Not much wildlife visible today and no reptiles were spotted either.  Birds were a little more active but even they were not too active.

More flowers are in bloom and prickly pear cactus are beginning to bud out (photo attached). 

NOTES -

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

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

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 4/15/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 6 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector> Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.4 miles

Temps started at 68 and ended at 89.  Overcast at first, gradually cleared to mostly cloudy.  Winds started at SW 0-5mph increased to 10-15mph.

A very leisurely hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  LOTS of birds out singing for mates, gathering nest materials and just being visible. Numerous types of Sparrows, a solitary Roadrunner, Mockingbirds, Scissortail Flycatchers, Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia and Quail were seen.  Reptiles spotted were lizards and a "first of the season" Coachwhip.  Deer and a solitary cotton rat as well as a Mexican ground squirrel were also seen.

Flowers continue to bloom and agarita berries (photo attached) are beginning to appear.  Spring is here and the park is showing it.

NOTES -

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

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

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