I had never before hiked the Red Tanks trail because of that I was looking forward to this hike. It started out as a beautiful day, cool with a bit of a breeze. Left the Peralta TH at 6:45AM. Made the hike in a clockwise direction. I wasn't disappointed about the Red Tanks trail. The scenery was great. The Red Tanks trail had the most wild flowers I have seen so far this year. I'd guess a good 2 dozen different varieties. I started off taking pictures of the flowers and finally figured out the hike would take more than one day if I continued. The trail is used so little that the flowers were growing through the trails in many places. Unfortunately the cacti also were trying to take over the trail. I got attacked by a cholla. I had lunch at what I expect was dripping springs, but I saw no water dripping.
After lunch I was on Coffee Flats trail, came around a corner and almost stepped on a Gila Monster. After I backed up a couple steps he closed his mouth and seemed to calm down enough to allow some pictures to be taken. The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. Maybe that is with the exception of the intense sun. The last few miles coming across Barkley Basin and the Dutchman were down right HOT with no shade.
I didn't see another soul except in the parking lot.