South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8

Weather was unseasonably warm and brought out the first snake of the year - a Texas Patchnose Snake (non-poisonous) - hope he finds shelter before the freeze hits in another day or two!
User: MikeHikes - 2/20/2015

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.20 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes


1st Leg - Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett Park     3.3 miles

2nd Leg - Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo Ridge (West) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett Park     3.3 miles

3rd Leg - Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area         2.6 miles

Sunny, breezy and temps in the upper 60's to start and near 80 at the end.  Excellent weather for a hike and I wanted to get one in before the upcoming cold front on Sunday which is supposed to drop temps in the 30's.

The weather is fooling the plants and animal.  Smelled the familiar scent of agarita blooms and found more than one bush beginning to bloom with yellow flowers.  The smell can be described as mesquite smoke and honey!  More surprising, I saw my first snake of 2015 as well (photo attached).  Found out it is a Texas Patchnose Snake - probably about 24 inches long.  He was stretched out along the Lanky Lackey trail and I was surprised to see him this early in the year. 

I got a few pictures and when I moved closer, he slithered away.  A good hike!


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

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

Log Photos
1st Snake of 2015
Area around San Angelo State Park
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