Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout and Return

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User: MikeHikes - 9/1/2018

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 4point5stars
Miles Hiked: 8.80 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes


Out      Burkett Park > Winding Snake (20 meters) > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey (W 10 meters) > Roller Coaster > West Potts > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend (1 mile) > service road (NE) > Cougar Lookout       5.6 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Flintstone> Trailhead to Trailhead trail (S) (it's a service road) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

Temp started at 79 ended at 90, sunny, no clouds, slight breeze.

Uneventful hike along familiar trails that were easy to see and traverse.  Surprisingly, not many people were out today - I expected more of a crowd on a Labor Day weekend but there were only four other people spotted.  I did see a couple of Whitetail deer, a cottontail rabbit, a four foot long greenish colored coachwhip and a few birds.  Some of the park's longhorns were out as well but they were content to lay or sit in the shade of the mesquites near a watering area and didn't bother me as I walked past.


Park personnel have updated the trail maps but there are still a few minor inconsistencies when looking at trail signage and more importantly, the info kiosks.  The kiosks will be updated eventually as will the signage so rely on the paper map if in doubt.

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

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

Shade, info kiosk and bicycle repair station available at Cougar Lookout.

Area around San Angelo State Park