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Total Log Entries: 354 (Rank: 4th)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 2,789.50 Miles (Rank: 2nd)
Average Distance: 7.88 Miles

Average Rating: 4stars (4.24)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.14)
Average Solitude: 4point5stars (4.56)

Earliest Log Entry: 1/7/2014
Latest Log Entry: 5/15/2020

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

Photos

Singing for a Mate

Perched high in the tree, this Cactus Wren was very vocal in his singing for a mate. [San Angelo State Park]

Log Entries

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Back
San Angelo State Park - 5/15/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.40 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Trail > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.4 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area    3.0 miles

Temps started at 75, ended at 82.  Cloudy, gloomy and HUMID with sporadic sunlight until the end of the hike when the sun came out.  Light wind.

Uneventful hike along mostly groomed trails - about half of Winding Snake needs to be mowed!  Birds were singing but not out and about as I had hoped.  No animals were seen with the exception of a cottontail rabbit and a Mexican ground squirrel. I saw a solitary lizard near the end of the hike.  There are more wildflowers in bloom as well as a sizeable number of cactus blossoms.  Not much else to report.

NOTES

NEW Trail signage is up so I'll use the trail names that are on the sign.  Example - "Nature Loop" is now known as "Nature Trail".

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

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

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and Back
San Angelo State Park - 5/5/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Out     -  Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Flintstone Trail (N) > Cougar Overlook        3.3 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SSW) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

Temps started at 69 and ended at 80, sunny with strong and steady 20-30 mph NE winds.

Todays hike was along dry and easy to traverse trails and roads.  VERY strong winds kept most of the wildlife in place; we spotted a single raptor as well as a single white tail deer.  Otherwise, the birds stayed low for the most part and there were no other animals spotted.  A snake was seen crossing the road but no identification was made with the exception that it wasn't a rattler.

More wild flowers are blooming and there are more cactus blooms as well - the vast majority of the cactus blooms are yellow or very pale yellow with a greenish tint,

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.  Toilets are OPEN at this time.

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

South Shore Playground Parking Area to Burkett Park and Roadrunner Loop
San Angelo State Park - 4/27/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 10.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park    3.9 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area                    3.4 miles

Leg 3 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner Loop > Playground parking area           3.2 miles

Temps started at 65, ended at 85.  Sunny with a steady 10-20 mph wind from the South then shifting from the West.

Hiked along dry, easy to see and traverse trails; some have been recently groomed.  Numerous birds were heard but rarely seen - the high winds kept most birds stationary and when they did fly, it was low and for short distances.  No animals spotted.  Wildflowers are increasing with more yellow and white flowers but the Indian Blankets are making their appearance in scattered clusters along the trails.

I saw numerous lizards (photo attached) while on Roadrunner Loop.  These were the first lizards spotted this year and I have no idea why they all congregated on Roadrunner Loop.

There were two other cars at the park but I didn't see a single person on the trails the entire time I was out. 

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station available at Playground parking area. TOILETS ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE VIRUS AND THE WATER IS INSIDE THE RESTROOMS. Water is available at the nearby campsites.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.  TOILETS ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE VIRUS.

Water and shade are available at various campsites along Roadrunner Loop.

Info Kiosk, water, and toilets available at the mid-way point on Roadrunner Loop.  TOILETS ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE VIRUS.

Park Mid-Section Burkett Park to Cougar Overlook and back
San Angelo State Park - 4/20/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 8.60 Miles Duration: 4 hours

Out     -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo > Turkey Creek > 5 Points Junction > River Bend > service road (N) > Cougar Overlook      5.6 miles

Return -  Cougar Overlook > service road (SSW) > Trailhead to Trailhead Trail (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.0 miles

Temps started at 51, ended at 72.  Cloudy then sunny, little to no wind.

Park re-opened by order of the Governor.  Easy hike along dry and easy to traverse trails; some portions have been recently groomed.  Animals spotted were deer, javalinas and a grey fox.  Numerous birds out although no raptors were seen.  There are patches of wildflowers in bloom and the predominant colors of the flowers are white and yellow with a few scattered patches of purple flowers here and there. 

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.  IMPORTANT - restrooms are closed due to the Corona virus.

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

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

Park Mid-section Burkett Park to Bell's Point and Back
San Angelo State Park - 4/6/2020  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 5.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Out     -   Burkett park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo > Playground > Bell's Point       2.9 miles

Return -  Bell's Point > Playground (NW) > service road (NNE) > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Burkett Trail > Burkett park   2.3 miles

Temps in the mid-60's, cloudy then rainy with a light wind.

Easy hike along damp then slightly muddy trails.  Birds were out as well as a few deer and javalinas.  Sporadic rain until we neared Bell's Point when the rain became a light, but steady, downpour so we stayed under the covering at Bell's Point until the rains stopped.  Trails were now full of sticky mud so came back on service roads.  Saw a few bikers and one hiker otherwise, the trails were empty of people.

NOTES.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park.  IMPORTANT - toilets are closed, water still available.

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