South Shore Playground Parking Area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8
By MikeHikes on 9/19/2018
Distance: 11.10 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 20 minutes
Leg 1 - Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park 4.0 miles
Leg 2 - Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > Potts Creek > Armadillo (W) > West Potts Creek > Roller Coaster > Lanky Lackey (15 meters) > WS to LL Connector > Burkett Park 3.9 miles
Leg 3 - Burkett Park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area 3.2 miles
Temp started at 79, ended at 89. Partly cloudy, humid and steady southerly breeze.
Very pleasant hike today. Most of the trails are clearly visible and easy to traverse with some exceptions. The northern-most portion of Tasajilla Flats Trail has become overgrown due to the recent rains but on the positive side, the bee brush is in full bloom and the vanilla scent from the flowers is very pleasant.
The northern-most portion of West Potts Creek has been worked on, however there is still a steep dropoff that requires some caution. There are a few places along the trail where standing water is present, consequently, insect activity is high. Speaking of insects, there was an inordinate amount of dragonflies buzzing about during the entire hike and as usual, the grasshoppers were also in abundance. Few birds were visible although I spotted a juvenile male Vermillion Flycatcher and a Common Nighthawk.
Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground parking area. IMPORTANT - when I finished today's hike, I went to get water and it was not on at the sink in the Men's Room. Don't know why and I hope it is temporary. If the water is still turned off, water is located at other toilets in the area as well as at the various campsites nearby.
Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park.
IMPORTANT - As I've mentioned in my most recent reports, the park has updated the trail maps that are given out at the gate. These maps are not 100% in sync with trail posts (notably Armadillo Trail which is absent from the map but is still seen on trail posts) and the maps displayed in the park's info kiosk. If in doubt, trust the new paper maps!