This was our first visit to Kukutali since last Fall, just before Halloween (29 Oct 2020.) My hiking buddy Marin and I weren't sure what we would find today, in early Spring.
It was mostly sunny, with a few clouds, and temperatures were pleasant. It was not windy.
There were 3 or 4 other cars in the lot when we arrived, and a few parking spaces still were available. We displayed our Discover Pass, then headed around the gate and down the access road.
The tide was relatively low and we had no problem crossing the tombolo. We took the high trail across Kiket Island on our way in, turned around at the edge of Flagstaff Island, then returned via the low trail.
Trails were in good condition today, moist but not muddy. The footing was very good. A few recent blowdowns had been cleared.
A few wildflowers are out now and more will be coming soon. We noted red currant and salmon berry, creeping raspberry, a lot of Oregon grape, some white fawn lilies and, as often, a few other flowers we were unsure of.
Occasional small birds were flitting around in the brush. We spotted a bald eagle perched high in a tree on Kiket Point. A goose near the shore ignored us. But the usual cormorants and herons were missing today, apparently finding pickings better elsewhere.
There were other hikers out on the trails today, perhaps a dozen ranging in age from kids to seniors. Many pulled up masks, as we did, but not all.
It was a great day to be out.