MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 300 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,371.60 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.91 Miles

Average Rating: (4.28)
Average Difficulty: (1.17)
Average Solitude: (4.60)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 2/15/2019

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

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Nice Day at the Park

It was a very nice day at the park! [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 2/15/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park      3.9 miles

Return  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area      3.7 miles

Temps started at 70, ended at 83, windy then strong winds, sunny.

Gorgeous day for a hike !  The strong winds kept most birds either out of the air entirely or those that flew, did so in short, low flights.  No animals were spotted.  More agarita bushes are scenting the air with their small, yellow flowers!

Trails were groomed, dry and easy to traverse with the notable exception of Red Dam Loop.  About a quarter mile in, the trail became damp then wet with standing water.  There are ways around the water but your shoes will still get wet.  Once you get on the dam itself, the trail is dry again and stays so until you go further then you are, once again, in muddy terrain.  The mud ends after a short time and you're back on dry trails.  The trail is easy to do but you can count on getting your shoes somewhat wet and muddy.

NOTES

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

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

SPECIAL NOTICE -  For some reason the water spigot at Burkett park was having issues as if there was air in the pipes.  Water pressure was VERY inconsistent and when water came out, it was very "chalky" looking and my hiking partner suggested "they" might be cleaning the pipes.  In any event, I didn't drink the water but washed my hands and suffered no ill effects.

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 2/5/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

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

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Armadillo (WSW) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Lanky Lackey (10 meters) > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area

Temp started at 60, cloudy with light fog.  As the hike progressed, the sky cleared, the wind picked up and the temp warmed to 76.

A false Spring today as the temperature will stay warm for a few days before another cold front arrives with another freeze.  Trails were dry, for the most part, with a few wet spots on Roller Coaster and Chaparral.  Most of the trails have been groomed so they are easy to see.  Numerous types of birds were out in force; lots of them singing for mates!  A few raptors were on the hunt as well.

I saw my "first for this year" Agarita bush in bloom  with numerous small, yellow flowers perfuming the air - the scent reminds me of hot dust, mesquite wood smoke and honey.  (photo attached)

Picked up a couple of bags of trash from the trails but otherwise, all went well.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground Parking Area.

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

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to 5 Points Junction Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/29/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.20 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Armadillo (NE) > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction     3.7 miles

Return  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (SW) > West Potts Creek > Roller COaster > Lanky Lackey (10 meters) > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park     4.5 miles

Started with overcast skies and temp at 27; ended with partly cloudy skies and temp at 45.  Light wind.

A gloomy and cold start for today's hike; ice coated the water trough at Burkett Park. Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse. Although I saw a few of the park's longhorns grazing, there were no birds or other wildlife observed for the first half of the hike and only a few birds were seen while on the return leg.    Nothing really happened on the hike - it was colder than normal but the hike was very doable!

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. 

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout and Back
San Angelo State Park - 1/22/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 11.10 Miles Duration: 5 hours

Out     Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (N) > Cougar Lookout      6.6 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > River Bend (about .25 mile) > service road (N) > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > service road (NW) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     4.5 miles

Temps started at 55 and ended at 67.  Overcast and gloomy at first then partly cloudy.  Steady 10-15 mph SW wind.

Most of the trails in the middle and north sections of the park, have a hiker/horse trail running somewhat parallel to the hiker/bike trail.  Today was "hiker/horse trail" day and I stayed on them as much as possible.  These trails, for the most part, were dry or slightly damp and rougher than the hiker/bike trails due to the horse's hooves impacting the trail; especially when the trail was wet and muddy.  Nonetheless, it was good to hike slightly different trails while I observed the birds and conducted minor trail maintenance/trash pick-up. 

NOTES

Water available at the campsites by Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

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

South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett Park and then Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/16/2019  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.20 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park    3.0 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area    4.1 miles

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

Temp started at 44, ended at 59.  Overcast then sunny.  Steady 10-15 mph SW wind.

First hike of 2019 and first hike in new Columbia hiking boots.  Beginning mileage = 2324.5 miles with 295 logged entries.

An overcast, windy, cold day on wet and muddy trails.  The weather conditions kept the wildlife hidden with the exception of a few birds.  Most stayed low to the ground but there were two American Kestrels and two Loggerhead Shrikes hunting.  All the other birds stayed in place or made short flights, low to the ground. 

Trails are easy to see and traverse and the park personnel have groomed the Roadrunner Loop again.  It has been leveled and widened making it an easy hike for anyone.  A bag of trash was picked up but nothing else to report. 

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.

Water, shade and toilets available at the mid-point of Roadrunner Loop.

Water and shade available at various campsites along the edges of Roadrunner Loop.

IMPORTANT - trail maps have been updated BUT the maps in the info kiosks have not.  Trust the paper trail map you get at the park entrance.