South Shore Playground to Armadillo Ridge PLUS

On Sunday I saw a couple of agarita bushes with a few blooms, today there were many more blooms as evidenced by this photo. Whenever I smell the blooms I think of heat, dust and mesquite smoked honey.
User: MikeHikes - 2/12/2016

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 14.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 6 hours


1st Leg   Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > return        1.4 miles

2nd Leg  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > return    2.2 miles

3rd Leg   Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park > Burkett > East Potts Creek > Armadillo     5.2 miles

4th Leg   Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area            5.7 miles

Temps started in the mid-40's ended in the mid-70's, sunny and steady wind.

The first two legs were a combination of hiking and trash pick-up.  Picked up two 40 pound bags of trash; unfortunately, there is enough trash to fill another bag or two waiting for me - I'll get that picked up next week.

The final two legs were hiking with minor trash pick-up - it's just an unfortunate fact that not all people who use our parks are responsible enough to pick up after themselves.  I won't get on THAT soapbox but it irks me to no end to walk along the trail and see a styrofoam cup, water bottle, GU package or candy wrapper laying just off the trail because some "nature lover" couldn't be bothered to put the empty in a trash can.

More agarita bushes blooming, many birds out and at the end of the hike, I saw an armadillo - the first in quite a long time!


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

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park - you will be here twice if you follow my route.

Log Photos
Many More Blooms!
Area around San Angelo State Park
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