I join Liane and Sandra to stretch my legs on the Linda Vista trail, which is around the corner from me. I've hiked this loop dozens of times and only once saw a rattlesnake, a common Diamondback.
We're going clockwise as the sun rises over the Catalinas. The surrounding are very overgrown and green from all the rain. Plant growth is hard up against the narrow trail. Soon....
....I hear the distinct and scary buzz of a snake. Having just crossed the trail and now curled between the cactus and trail is a black tail rattlesnake. Wow! Sandra is kind of a newbie to the area and to have seen this on her first visit to the trail is strange. I had to coax the snake down hill so we could pass.
We reach a high point and lots of dust in the air so the views are muted. We begin our descent and....
.....another buzzing sound and this time a tiger rattlesnake! I've never seen one and now our second snake sighting. We go a little farther and.....
....another buzz and this time, another black tail rattlesnake. I was dumbfounded that all the times I've hiked this loop and only once seen a snake and today, three! Again though, these are ambush predators and all the trailside brush provides good concealment. Volunteers maintain the trail and they need to get out here before someone gets tagged. Finished with 2.5 miles.
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