MikeHikes's Logbook

Stats

Total Log Entries: 295 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,324.50 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.88 Miles

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

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 12/31/2018

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

Photos

Prickly Pear Blooms

Look closely at the yellow bloom and find the ant! [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Back
San Angelo State Park - 12/31/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.10 Miles Duration: 3 hours

Out       Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park       3.1 miles

Return   Burkett park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     4.0 miles

Temps started at 41, ended at 45.  Sunny with a few wispy clouds, steady 20+ mph WNW wind.

Last hike of 2018 on wet and muddy trails.  Nobody else on the trails and no other cars in the parking lots when I arrived or departed.  The wind kept the birds low to the ground except for a group of Crested Caracaras flying high and away from me (photo attached).  This is only the second time I've seen these birds at the park  so although the photo is not the best, it shows me they were there!

Stats for the year - 

Mileage on 01/07/2018     1946.5 miles with 250 log entries

Mileage on 12/31/2018     2324.5 miles with 295 log entries

Miles Hiked in 2018           378 miles with 45 log entries

NOTES

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

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

South Shore Roadrunner Loop Christmas Hike
San Angelo State Park - 12/25/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.10 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Route   Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area

Temp in the mid-50's, overcast then partly cloudy, light wind.

A short hike around the Loop.  The trail had been leveled/graded fairly recently so the ground was relatively soft but rocks of various sizes were laying on the trail - very easy to twist an ankle if you aren't careful!

Some birds were out but nothing unusual.  Just a short hike with friends on Christmas!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station at Playground parking area.

Water, shade and toilets at a few spots alongside the trail.

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park
San Angelo State Park - 12/19/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Out      Playground Parking Area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park       4.2 miles

Return  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area    3.3 miles

Temp in low to mid 50's, partly cloudy and light wind.

An easy hike along damp trails that were easy to see and traverse.  Quite a few ground hugging birds were out; they were ground huggers not because of the wind, but because of the American Kestrels perched in the trees.  Also saw a hawk of some type swooping about four feet above the ground as he searched for food.

All in all, an enjoyable hike!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at the Playground Parking Area.

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

IMPORTANT - Trail maps have been updated but the maps displayed in the info kiosks have not - trust the trail map.

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park with Detours!
San Angelo State Park - 12/12/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.90 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Out      Playground parking area > Tasajila Flats > Park Entrance and return > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park       5.5 miles

Return  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop (.25 mile and return) > Chaparral > Playground Parking Area      3.4 miles

Temp started at 51 and ended at 59.  Overcast and gloomy with a steady 10 mph westerly wind.

Trails were very damp or wet and in the case of Red Dam Loop, too wet to traverse.  Vegetation has died off so the trails were easy to see.  Lots of White Crowned Sparrows and other small ground hugging birds were out.  I also saw four American Kestrels and some type of hawk looking for a meal.  I watched one Kestrel almost catch a small bird as I was returning on the Chaparral Trail.  The bird made a quick turn and the Kestrel missed his grab and went hungry a little longer.

My first detour involved hiking along the park entrance and picking up trash.  Since I didn't bring my camera, I decided to collect trash; paper, plastic bags, fast food wrappers and a half dozen empty beer cans had been tossed along the road leading to the park - very unsightly!  Hopefully, it will stay clean but I have my doubts.

The second detour was at Red Dam Loop.   I started along the trail heading East and was able to hike about a quarter mile before I came to a fairly wide and ankle deep, stream. Based on knowledge of the trail and past experiences, I assumed there would be at least two more areas of deep water on Red Dam Loop and figured I'd spend lots of time cleaning my boots by continuing.  I decided to retrace my steps back to Chaparral and continue to Playground which I did.  I'd advise anyone reading this to avoid Red Dam Loop for the foreseeable future.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at Playground Parking Area.

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

IMPORTANT - The trail maps have been updated HOWEVER the trail maps at the info kiosk have not.  Trust the paper trail maps.

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout and back
San Angelo State Park - 12/1/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out      Bell's Trailhead > service road (S) > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Upper Big Hill > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NE) < Cougar Lookout       6.0 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > River Bend (100 meters straight to service road) > service road (ENE) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp > South Slick Rock > service road (NW) > Scenic Loop > service road (NW) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     3.6 miles

Temps started in the low-50's, ended in the mid-60's. Sunny with strong and steady, westerly winds of 20+ mph.

Fairly easy hike along easy to see and traverse dry trails with little to no, vegetation covering them.  With the strong winds, most of the birds either stayed low to the ground or, conversely, high in the sky riding the currents.  Numerous small birds stayed in the scrub so photos were nearly impossible.  On the other hand, I saw a couple of raptors and vultures high in the sky, riding the wind currents as they looked for food. 

Most of the leaves have fallen so the landscape is colorless, except for the cacti, junipers and a few live oaks. 

NOTES

Water is available at the campground area by Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

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