Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park 3.4 miles
Leg 2 - Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area 3.4 miles
Temps in mid- 70's to mid-80's. Sunny with some clouds, humid and steady 10mph breeze.
I started earlier than usual. The animal, bird and insect activity was higher than normal. Among the highlights were young white tail bucks, tarantulas (which I don't usually see), hummingbirds fighting among themselves as well as one hummingbird defending his territory from a Lark Sparrow. There were an unusually large flock of grackles hanging around, making lots of noise for no visible reason.
My "first for this year" rattlesnake sighting was made when a 3-4 foot rattler decided to cross the trail about 10 feet in front of me. He started across but then stopped so I tossed a few small stones by him so he'd move. He made a coil and shook his rattle a few times but seemed to recognize I was not a real threat. He slowly went into the brush and I quickly got past him.
I also witnessed a fight to the death between a Black Widow spider and a black wasp; the wasp appeared to have won the battle as it dragged the spider away.
The trails have been groomed and are easy to see except for a few sections of Red Dam Loop. These sections weren't groomed because the mowing machines can't get to those areas due to the terrain. IMO hand held weed whackers will be needed to clear those areas.
Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground Parking Area.
Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.
IMPORTANT - in my last report, I said the faucet at Burkett was damaged, it has been repaired and water is now available.