We were on a trail in Saguaro National Forest East. I was ahead of Jim when I heard that distinctive papery rattling sound; my first thought was that Jim was playing a joke. A nano second later my brain and my eyes told me a rattler was crossing the hiking path about a yard in front of me.
My daughter and I saw a coiled rattler once on a Mt. Olympus trail near our Salt Lake City home, but Jim says he’s never seen a rattler that wasn’t moving away from him -- just like this one was. That’s a good thing about rattlers -- they don't want to stick around and get to know you.
It was a diamondback rattler between 2 and 3 feet long and his rattle was about an inch long. No photos of the snake because he quickly slid under a bush, but some other hiking pics are below.
|Jim on the Douglas Spring trail at Saguaro National Forest just east of Tucson. This is the trail where we saw the rattle snake.|
|Another shot at Saguaro National Forest.|
|This photo was taken at Catalina State Park about 15 miles north of Tucson. We've hiked there several times because a very nice trail allows dogs.|
|A cardinal at Catalina State Park.|
|The trail we take at Catalina State Park crosses a stream about five times, which is one of the reasons we like it. Here Cooper takes advantage.|
|Jim at Catalina State Park.|