San Angelo State Park

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50.00 Miles
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$4.00
4stars (4.20)543
halfstar (0.91)
4point5stars (4.64)
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San Angelo
Tom Green
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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)
Spring is in the Air
Saw numerous stalks like this scattered through the park. Agaritas are blooming and there are numerous yellow flowers as well. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Nice Sunrise
A colorful West Texas sunrise. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Few White Crowned Sparrows Were Out
Not many birds were spotted while hiking but near Bell's Trailhead, there were a few of these females in the brush. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Moonset in the Morning
A clear early morning with some color as the Sun rose behind me. (Photo by MikeHikes)
A Big Buck
I was surprised I got relatively close to him as he looked for food. Once he saw me, he quickly departed. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Ham on the Trotter
Didn't notice him until I went through my photos of the rock that was dry due to the ongoing drought. Feral hogs are destructive and not wanted at the park. (Photo by MikeHikes)
Not Much Going On
The medical helicopter flying overhead was the only thing of interest I saw while hiking today. (Photo by MikeHikes)
San Angelo SP Sunrise
Not much to see at the park except for the colorful sunrise. (Photo by MikeHikes)
FINALLY Have Some Water in the River!
This is the view from the River Bend Campground looking at a portion of the North Concho River. A few weeks ago, this was completely dry but last weeks rain shower helped quite a bit. Still need FEET of rain to eradicate the drought. (Photo by MikeHikes)

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Log Entries
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.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Short Loop
By MikeHikes on 3/30/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 8.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > park service road (W) > River Bend (N) > Badlands > park service road (NW) > Big Hill > park service road (NW) > Dinosaur Trail (N) > Bell's Trailhead    4.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 76.  Overcast then mostly sunny. Winds 0-5mph at the start but incerased to 10-15mph SW breeze.

A leisure hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  I saw three Axis does near Shady Trail on the opposite bank.  This seems to be a fairly consistent spot to see these runaway deer.  At one time, there was a very large antlered Axis buck but I didn't see him today.

I also spotted a Great Horned Owl neat the Rocky CReek trailhead.  I took a few photos and he moved closer so I got a few more and he decided that was enough and departed.  There were numerous sparrows, Mockingbirds and a few others spotted as well.  On the return leg, I saw a male Pyrrhuloxia singing for a mate (photo attached).

NOTES -

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

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

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 3/22/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad > park service road (W) > Tasajilla Flats (N) > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    4.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playghround parking area     3.4 miles

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

Temp started at 44, ended at 75.  Intermittant NE breeze at 0-5mph.  Sunny.

Easy hike along trails that were dry,e asy to see and traverse.  More birds are out singing for mates, blue and purple flowers are making an appearance and I saw a few white flowers on the bee bush.  I saw a Jack Rabbit and a few deer were spotted in the distance.  It was a quiet and peaceful hike.  Nothing unusual to report or caution about. 

NOTES -

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

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

Water and shade available at campsites along the Roadrunner Loop. Three toilets with water and info kiosk are located along the trail as well.

Park Mid-Section - Burkett Park to 5 Point Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 3/14/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek (NE) > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction       4.0 miles

Leg 2 - 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (NE) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    4.7 miles

Temp started at 60, ended at 76.  Sunny with very light SW 0-5mph breeze.

Easy peaceful hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Some birds have become more active now that Spring is in the air.  Saw a couple of large flocks of birds heading North.  Few animals were out though.  More yellow flowers are blooming and some yuccas (?) as well with a center stalk of flowers (photo attached).  All in all it was a very nice hike along familiar trails.

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 - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 3/6/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park      3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Tasajilla Flats > park service road (N) > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area    4.2 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 58.  Light N wind at 0-5mph.  Cloudy.

An eventful hike.  On my first leg I picked up a bag of trash and when I arrived at Burkett Park, discovered a folding knife I had attached to my belt, had come off.  Decided to re-trace my steps and hopefully find the knife.  I did so always watching both sides of the trail and found more trash AND found my knife lying in the middle of the trail about 2/3 of the way back.  Great!

It must have been ordained that I would lose and later find, my knife because near the dropped knife was a previously unseen number of broken bottles and old cans which I picked up. A little later, the trail gods thanked me for my diligence because near the end of one trail segment, lying right in the middle of the dirt trail, was a small stone arrowhead! 

Agaritas are in bloom and the air was fairly heavy with their scent of honey, mesquite wood smoke and dust - VERY pleasant.

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.

South Shore - Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/17/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.10 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Playground parking area - Roadrunner Loop - Playground parking area   3.1 miles

Temp started at 30, ended at 30.  Overcast, strong N to NNE wind 20-30mph

An abbreviated hike today as my original planned hike in the park's mid-section was thwarted by the Road Lizards having a run along the trails.  It was a VERY cold and windy day with the arrival of a temporary cold front.  Unfortunately, some of the agarita bushes have started to bloom so the flowers will be short lived. 

No photos taken, just picked up trash along the trail.

NOTES -

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

Info kiosk and toilets available at three points along Roadrunner.  Water and shade available at numerous campsites along the loop.

 

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop + Roadrunner Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/9/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.70 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area   3.3 miles

Temp started at 45, ended at 65.  Overcast, little to no wind.

A quiet, easy hike along dry trails.  Nothing of interest happened although I saw a Red Shafted Flicker, a hawk and some deer - no photographs taken.

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.

Toilets and info kiosks available at three locations along Roadrunner Loop.  Water and shade available at campsites along the Loop.

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
By MikeHikes on 2/5/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail (S) > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > Ghost Camp Trail    5.0 miles

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

Temp started at 45, ended at 55.  Patly to mostly cloudy.  NW wind at 10mph. 

Easy hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  Not much wildlife once I hit the trail.   Driving to the parking area, I saw two "herds" of deer - each group had at least 15-20 deer per group!  I also saw the largest porcupine ever slowly crossing the park road - unfortunately there was not enough  light for a photo.  I was surprised how many watering holes along the riverbed still had water in them, also saw water in the creek by the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area. 

Hike was uneventful but peaceful!

NOTES -

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

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

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

Park Mid-section - Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/28/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.90 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek Trail > Playground Trail > Bell's Point > Playground Trail > Flintstone Trail > 5 Points Junction   4.2 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek Trail (E) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park    3.7 miles

Temp started at 35, ended at 62.  Sunny, 0-5mph northerly breeze, sunny.

Trails were easy to see and traverse, mostly damp but progressively drier as time passed.  Nothing of interest to be seen, just a few birds out and agroup of eight deer when I first came into the park.

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 - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Loop
By MikeHikes on 1/18/2024
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking ara > Tasajilla 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    3.7 miles

Temp started at 36, ended at 61.  Sunny with 10mph SW breeze.

1st hike of the new year.  Last year I -

Starting mileage for 2023 -  3898

Ending mileage  for 2023 -  4298.3

Total mileage for the year -  400.3

Total hikes for the year     -  46

After a long period of time, I was able to resume hiking today. Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.

I saw LOTS of deer at various places in the park as well as about half a dozen Loggerhead Shrikes, a few Meadowlarks and a couple of other kinds of birds.  Only saw one Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  Not much to report so will make this short.

NOTES -

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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets availabvle at Burkett park.

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