South Shore - Isabel Harte to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8

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Robins used to be a common sight year-round at the North Shore before they disappeared some years back. I'm glad to have spotted two Robins near Burkett Park this morning.
User: MikeHikes - 3/16/2021

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 4stars
Miles Hiked: 11.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes


Leg 1 -  Isabel Harte Day Use Area > Winding Snake >Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     5.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flate > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Isable Harte Day Use Area     5.6 miles

Temp started at 52, ended at 72.  Overcast with low clouds, then overcast with high clouds.  Steadily increasing SSW wind at 10-15mph.

A crowded day at the park!  Spring Break is going and there were more visitors than usual.  On a positive note there were a lot more birds than last time I visited.  I saw some pairs of birds and a couple of Robins - not an uncommon bird but at the park, very uncommon.  There used to be a large group of Robins that were year-round residents at the North Shore.  For whatever reason, they disappeared so it was unusual to see two Robins near Burkett Park in the South Shore area.  I also saw a male Vermillion Flycatcher - the first of the year.

Trails are in good repair and there is plenty of green grass growing within the park.  A few widely scattered wildflowers were spotted as well as a few cactus with what looked like red peppers on them.  All in all, a god hike.


Shade and water available at various campsites in Isabel Harte Day Use Area.

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


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Area around San Angelo State Park
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