MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 477 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,794.20 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 7.95 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.24)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.01)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.58)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 8/15/2022

Average ratings are based on the published values and not the values entered in your own log entries.

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Lace Cactus Bloom

First one spotted for 2021. [San Angelo State Park]
Log Entries
South Shore - Burkett Park to Playground parking area Loop
San Angelo State Park - 8/15/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.6 miles

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

Leg 3 -  Nature Trail    .7 miles

Temp started at 74, ended at 83.  High hazy overcast day with little to no intermittent breeze.  Slightly humid air.

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  I spotted a juvenile Nighthawk near Burkett Park at the beginning of the hike (photo attached).  I've seen these birds at the park in the past but this was the first one I've seen in a few years.  Not many birds were out and only a few deer were seen.  There wasn't much happening other than a lazy hike looking atthe scenery and cleaning the trails.

NOTES

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

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

 

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
San Angelo State Park - 8/9/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.70 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  5 Point Junction > dirt road (NE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park      3.0 miles

Temp started at 80, ended at 95.  Very sunny with none to a very slight and infrequent breeze.

Quiet hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  I saw six javelinas and a few deer on my way in.  At the beginning of the hike, I saw a lone Jack Rabbit (photo attached) and a few Black Buzzards flying around. 

NOTES

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

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
San Angelo State Park - 8/5/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road     4.4 miles

Leg 2 -  service road (ENE) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead      2.6 miles

Temp started at 80, ended at 93.  Sunny with haze then the haze burned off.  No wind to light Southerly breeze by end of hike.

East hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails. Numerous deer, including an Axis buck and at least four different fawns, were spotted.  The big surprise was seeing a mother raccoon with two juveniles at one place and then seeing three almost baby raccoons at another.  This is the first time I saw this many young racoons on a hike.

Numerous birds were spotted and seeing the Yellow Billed Cuckoo (photo attached) at the North Scenic Loop was a real treat.  I saw a Horned Lizard on the Dinosaur Trail so I will re-start my Horned Lizard count.  All in all a good hike.

NOTES

Water, shade and dry toilets available at the campsites by Bell's Trailhead.

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

South Shore - Roadrunner Loop + Playground to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 8/2/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area    3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.7 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area     2.9 miles

Temp started at 80, ended at 95.  Sunny with a constant 10-15mph Southerly breeze.

A hot but enjoyable hike along easy to see and traverse trails.  Roadrunner Loop has been groomed fairly recently and is pretty smooth.  I saw some mesquite sap oozing from cuts in the trees and it was crystallizing (photo attached).  Looks nice and in another 2-10 million years it will be chunks of amber and worth a few bucks but right now, it is just a sticky mess best left alone.

I spotted numerous deer including an 8 point buck, lots of Scissortail Flycatchers including juveniles, a solitary Cottontail and a few other birds.  I had the trails to myself and enjoyed a very peaceful stroll feeling the sun and wind on my skin.

NOTES

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

Water and shade are available at numerous campsites along Roadrunner Loop and there are three areas where toilets and info kiosks are available as well.

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
San Angelo State Park - 7/26/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction      4.2 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Flintstone (S) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (S) > Potts Creek (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.6 miles

Temps started at 78, ended at 95.  Sunny with steady 10-15mph SW breeze.

A calm and peaceful hike along well groomed, easy to traverse trails.  Young turkeys were spotted at the Javelina Pond near Burkett Park (photo attached) and a few deer were seen on the hike itself but otherwise, no other anmals were seen.  Turket Vultures were at their roosting area near Armadillo Ridge but otherwise, most of the birds were hidden.  A few lizards were on the trail but I did not see any Horned Lizards so my "I saw a Horned Lizard while hiking today" streak ends at 7 hikes in a row.  Not much else to say except it was another hot, dry Summer day with no rain or temperature relief in sight.

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.