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.
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.