Leg 1 - Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Talley Valley 3.4 miles
Leg 2 - Talley Valley > Horny Toad > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL COnnector > Burkett Park 3.4 miles
Temps started at 71, ended at 86. Sunny with no wind, some humidity.
A pleasant hike this morning along easy to see and traverse trails. The only portion of today's route that needs some attention is located on the Talley Valley trail; the vegetation needs to be groomed but the trail is easy to see and hike on.
Not much animal activity this morning although I saw a couple of Loggerhead Shrikes at different places on the trails (first in some time), a rather large hawk sitting in a tree a distance away (unknown what type) and at the end of our hike, a Red-tailed Hawk sitting in a tree at Burkett Park .
Also spotted was a good sized Horned Toad, numerous dragonflies and some small birds. While on Red Dam Loop, there is a patch where large numbers of thistle and sunflower plants are in bloom. The buzzing of bees was very loud but I didn't see too many flying around. Caution is advised when going through this area.
Not a lot more to say except the hike was good!
Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.