Yep, three of them. I think that they’re all Western Diamondback rattlesnakes. I saw the first one at dusk and the next two when it was dark. I used both my headlamp and flashlight to look for them as I made my way back – much more slowly than normal. I was on a grassy jeep road, but none of them were in the grass. I think they chose relatively open spots to stay warm as the sun set.
On Friday, August 2, I hiked 9.5 miles starting (and ending) at the Four Peaks Trailhead in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
A view from the Long Loop (in the competitive track area):
I got photos of a flying owl in Stoneman Wash:
The competitive track area has some interesting terrain…
This is part of the clay mine test site along the Pemberton Trail.
Quail, running away from me on the Pemberton Trail.
For Wednesday night’s hike, I did a 7.75 mile loop in MMRP.
I saw more critters than normal on Wednesday. I saw a tortoise, a white sphinx moth caterpillar, lots and lots of moths, some of which might have been of the white sphinx variety, two packrats, two rattlesnakes, a scorpion, and a corral snake.