MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 484 (Rank: 2nd)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 3,863.40 Miles (Rank: 1st)
Average Distance: 7.98 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.23)
Average Difficulty: halfstar (0.98)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.62)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 11/10/2022

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

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Verdin at Lanky Lackey

Been awhile since I'd seen a Verdin at the park - I don't know if he's a winter visitor or just passing through. [San Angelo State Park]
Log Entries
South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Big Loop
San Angelo State Park - 11/10/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park     3.4 miles

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

Temp started at 70, ended at 75.  Overcast then partly cloudy with a steady SSW breeze at 10mph.

An easy hike along dry easy to see and traverse trails. 

The Mid and Northern sections of the park were closed for hunting.  A few birds were spotted including a Loggerhead Shrike and a pair of adult turkeys near the end of the hike.  Two does were the only animals we saw.  All in all a quiet peaceful hike!

NOTES -

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

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to River Bend Campground Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 11/2/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 3.70 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > trailhead to Trailhead > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground   1.7 miles

Leg 2 -  River Bend Campground > South Slick Rock > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    2.0 miles

Temp started at 70, ended at 75.  Sunny and light constant SW breeze.

Easy hike with friends.  We saw a Belted Kingfisher (photo attached) at the watering hole on Shady Trail.  A few deer survived last week's hunt and were seen as we drove in.  A couple of hawks were out but otherwise not many birds and no other animals were present.  The wind brought in pollen and/or dust which fired up my allergies - not good but nonetheless, any hike is a good one.

NOTES

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade is available in the nearby campsites.

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

South Shore - Playground parking area to Burkett Park Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/26/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Horny Toad Trailhead > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park   3.8 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area   2.7 miles

Temp started at 42, ended around 65.  Sunny and cold at first then warmed up.

A leisurely hike along dry and familiar trails.  Not much went on but I did see Meadowlarks (photo attached) and Scissortail Flycatchers which were nice.  Otherwise, the trails were dry, easy to see and traverse.  An uneventful but enjoyable hike.

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair staiton 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 - 10/21/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Burkett park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Playground > Bell's Point > Playground (N) > Flintstone > 5 Points Junction     3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  5 Points Junction > Turkey Creek > Potts Creek (SW) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > WS to LL Connector > Burkett park   4.4 miles

Temp started at 52, ended at 76.  Sunny with slight SW breeze.

Easy hike along easy to traverse trails.  Not much activity today - two white tail deer and a few birds were spotted.  One of the birds was a yellow shafted flicker so that was nice.  I saw a Walking Stick on the trail and only saw it because it moved across a rock (photo attached).  Otherwise, it was a quiet, peaceful and very ordinary hike in the park.

NOTES

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

Water, shade and info kiosk available at Bell's Point.

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

North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Short Loop
San Angelo State Park - 10/13/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 7.30 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail > service road (NE then at the bend W) > River Bend (N) > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > service road (NW) > Rocky Creek Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead       4.1 miles

Temp started at 54, ended at 74.  Sunny with a light breeze.

A cool start on morning dew damp trails.  The North Concho River is practically dry along Shady Trail but there are a few water holes left.  I went to the largest and waited to see what showed up - nothing.  Next, I looked for migrating Monarch butterflies which in past years had been somewhat numerous.  I saw a grand total of two Monarchs resting in the pecan trees (photo attached).  Continued to hike to Cougar Overlook on now dry trails.  Although the trails were in good condition, there was nothng to see and what I did see with regard to water was poor. Numerous areas that had always contained some water were now bone dry.  The last couple of years starting with the exceptionally brutal Winter storm in Feb 2021 and the on-going drought, has really hit the park hard in all aspects - vegetation, insects, reptiles, birds and animals.  Rain is predicted in a few days which is good but it will take vast amounts of rain and time to bring this area back to what it was.

NOTES -

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade available in nearby campground.

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

Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.