MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 252 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 1,964.50 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.80 Miles

Average Rating: (4.31)
Average Difficulty: (1.23)
Average Solitude: (4.59)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 1/14/2018

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

Photos

O.C. Fisher Reservoir has some Water!

With all the rains in the past month, the lake is at 14.7% which isn't much but a few months ago, all you would have seen was dry land; not a drop of water in sight. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Lookout Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 1/14/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Playground > Bell's Point > Flintstone (N) > 5 Points Junction > Flintstone (N) > Cougar Lookout      6.1 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > service road (SW) > River Bend (S) > 5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park    4.9 miles

Temps started at 40 and ended at 60, sunny, steady wind.

Park was closed for a few days for a controlled burn which happened to be in the section I hiked.  The trails are easy to find and so are a few deer/cow trails that may throw you off if you don't know where you're going.  Not all the vegetation has been burned so it's not a desolate vista.

Not many birds out and no animals were seen. 

A long, good hike but nothing special happened today.

NOTES

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

Water and shade available at Bell's Point.

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

Info kiosk, shade and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Lookout.

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park
San Angelo State Park - 1/7/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park         3.7 miles

Return  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area           3.3 miles

Temps in the low 50's, overcast with a strong, steady wind.

First entry for 2018 - starting with 1946.5 miles hiked with 250 log entries for Texas and 1972.6 miles hiked with 256 log entries nation-wide.

Gray, gloomy day but still good for a hike at the park.  Trails were dry and easy to traverse.  There were some birds out but because of the strong winds, they tended to stay low in the scrub and trees. Besides the usual suspects, I saw a Verdin (photo attached), the first in a couple of years and in a part of the park I'd never encountered one before.  Also saw a fairly large flock (25-30 birds) of Goldfinches hunting for seeds in the dried sunflower and thistle heads.  A few white tail deer spotted rounded out the wildlife observed today.

Nothing else to report, so will close.

NOTES

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

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Isabel Harte and back
San Angelo State Park - 12/15/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.40 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Route   Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > park road (NE) to Isabel Harte > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area      4.4 miles

Temps in the mid 30's, sunny with high clouds, somewhat steady light Northerly wind.

Trails were dry and easy to traverse, the deer were out as were the birds.  I saw a large buck, then a smaller one and finally a very young buck with spikes.  Then near the end of the hike, I saw three Goldfinches - the first in a few years! 

NOTES

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

Shade and dry toilets available at Isabel Harte Day Use Area.

 

South Shore Isabel Harte to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 12/13/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.40 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Route  Isabel Harte Day Use Area > Winding Snake > Burkett park > Lankey Lackey > park road (NE) to Isabel Harte Day Use Area     3.4 miles

Temps in the low 30's at start, low 40's at end.  Sunny and slight breeze.

Easy hike along dry, clear trails.  Saw quite a few deer and some birds.  Frost was still on the ground so there wasn't a lot of activity until we got close to deer then they'd take off running.  Also saw a single javalina in the dried lake bottom. 

NOTES

Shade and dry toilets available at Isabel Harte.

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

South Shore Tasajilla Flats Loop
San Angelo State Park - 12/11/2017  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.30 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Route  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.3 miles

Temps in the upper 30's to start and mid 40's at end, sunny, no wind.

A quiet, easy hike along some trails I'm rarely on.  The trails were dry, in fairly good repair and easy to hike on.  There were some birds out and, as a bonus, we saw a larger than expected number of deer running around; survivors of the recent hunts.

NOTES

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