MikeHikes's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 258 (Rank: 3rd) [List Them] [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,006.00 Miles (Rank: 3rd)
Average Distance: 7.78 Miles

Average Rating: (4.31)
Average Difficulty: (1.22)
Average Solitude: (4.59)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 2/16/2018

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

Photos

Feral Hogs

I'm aware of the feral hog problem in Texas but this is the first time I've seen feral hogs at the park. Photo taken at Cougar Overlook at 1:15 10/8/14. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Ghost Camp Loop
San Angelo State Park - 2/16/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out      Bell's Trailhead > service road (S 50 meters) > Dinosaur > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur > service road (S) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NE) to ghost camp       4.3 miles

Return  Service road (NE) to ghost camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend ghost camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail (N) > South Slick Rock > service road (NW) > North Scenic Loop > service road (NW) then (N) then (W) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead     2.8 miles

Temps in 50's, high overcast clouds, windy.

Easy, slow paced hike on the North Shore trails.  All trails are easy to see and traverse.  Saw some birds and quite a few longhorns with their calves.  As always, trash was picked up - old cans, broken glass and GU packets; sure wish folks would pick up after themselves. 

Not a lot to say about today's hike except this hike put me over 2000 miles in Texas with the vast majority being at the San Angelo State Park.

NOTES

Water available in the campgrounds near Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

     

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
San Angelo State Park - 2/10/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park      3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Burkett trail > Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Lanky Lackey (20 meters) > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Leg 3 - Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.3 miles

Temp dropped from 40 to 35, heavy overcast with strong, variable northerly winds.

Gloomy, cold day but a day on the trails is better than a day in the house.  All the trails were easy to see and traverse.  There were no animals observed but I saw an American Kestrel and some type of hawk, otherwise the bird activity was pretty low due to the strong, cold winds.  Surprisingly, there were more people than usual on the trails either jogging or mountain biking.  Today was the park's monthly "Volunteer Trail Maintenance Day" - I saw about a dozen volunteers gather at the Playground parking area as I prepared to hike.  I didn't see them on the trails I hiked and when I returned to my car, they were gone.

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 Isabel Harte to Burkett park and Back
San Angelo State Park - 2/8/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.40 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Route    Isabel Harte > Winding Snake > Burkett park > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky Lackey > park road (ENE) to Isabel Harte > Isabel Harte      3.4 miles

Temps in low 30's to start, upper 30's at end.  Sunny light and variable wind.

An easy stroll along familiar trails.  Saw a small herd of deer, quite a few birds and four javalinas.  Never got close enough to get a good photo of the javalinas since they maintained a good distance between us and them.  The herd of deer were spotted in the dried lake bed as we prepared to hike - they disappeared in the brush just as we started to hike.  Lots of birds including a Ruby Crowned Kinglet were seen.

Trails are dry and easy to traverse.  Not much to report so will close.

NOTES

Shade available at Isabel Harte.

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

North Shore Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Lookout and Back
San Angelo State Park - 2/3/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out     Bell's Trailhead > service road (S) > Dinosaur > DInosaur Tracks Area > Dinosaur > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur > service road (WNW) > Badlands > River Bend > service road (NE) > Cougar Lookout         5.9 miles

Return  Cougar Lookout > Javalina > service road (N) > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock > service road (WNW) > North Scenic Loop > service road (E then NW) > Shady Trail > Bell's Trailhead    3.6 miles

Temp 45, overcast, gloomy, sporadic rain, steady wind to start.  Rain passed then sunny and warm-up to 65.

Gloomy hike to begin with not much going on.  As I was coming to Cougar Lookout, the rains came down in earnest so I had to take shelter in a hunter blind  for 10 minutes until the rains stopped.  The weather continued to improve so by the time the hike ended, it was sunny and warm.  The longhorns, with calves, are out in this section of the park so I gave them a wide berth. I saw an armadillo - being in Texas that shouldn't be unusual BUT it's the first one I've seen at the park in quite a while. 

A few years ago, there were at least two beavers in the river next to Shady Trail.  This part of Texas has been in a drought, the water levels lowered and the beavers disappeared.  Today, along Shady Trail I found three trees that looked like they were recently felled by beavers (photo attached).  Don't know why they've returned as we've had no rain and the river by Shady Trail has a VERY limited amount of water in it.

ADDENDUM (02-08-2018) - Park personnel confirmed there have been sightings of at least two beavers in the North Concho River near the Shady Trail.

NOTES

Water available in the camping area near Bell's Trailhead.

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

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

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

Park Mid-Section Burkett park Loop
San Angelo State Park - 1/31/2018  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Out     Burkett park> Suzanne's Trail > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Turkey Creek > service road (NE)     4.2 miles

Return service road (NE) > service road (SW) > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     2.0 miles

Temps start at 45 end at 50, sunny, steady wind.

Easy stroll through some trails and service roads I haven't been on in awhile.  Park personnel had groomed a good portion of West Potts Creek and Turkey Creek trails.  In addition, the service roads we were on had recently been scraped and the roads widened.  I believe this was done prior to the controlled fires because most of the hike was through recently burned areas.  Of course, the fires exposed old bottles and a few other pieces of trash that we picked up.  No wildlife and not many birds were seen.

NOTES

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