Out Burkett park > Burkett > East Potts Creek > Armadillo > Playground > Flintstone > Cougar Overlook 4.8 miles
Return Cougar Overlook > service road (W) > River Bend (SW) > Turkey Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park 5.4 miles
Temps in the low 80's to start and low 90's to end. Partly cloudy and light breeze.
The hike was a good one for wildlife! There were no people on the trails the entire time I hiked but I saw jack rabbits, LOTS of quail, deer and a grey fox. The fox was walking south on Flintstone Trail where it connects to Playground Trail - I was on Playground. He saw me, let me get a few pictures and then went back the way he came.
The vegetation is dying out as Fall approaches so the trails are easier to hike; there are still parts that are overgrown but not many.
Looking forward to the cooler weather so all the snakes hibernate. I saw one snake briefly - it looked to be about three or four foot long, fairly thick and a light, pale green in color. He shot across the trail about five feet in front of me as I was at the end of Suzanne's trail. No rattles and he was fast so I saw him maybe two seconds at the most.
All in all, a good hike!
NOTESWater, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park.
Water and shade available at Bell's Point - near the northern end of Playground trail.
Water, shade and info kiosk available at 5 Points Junction - where Flintstone, River Bend and Turkey Creek trails meet. You will visit this area going out and coming back, if you follow my route. Hydrate both times!
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