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Mud Season is Here Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments CONTACT

Mud Season is Here Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments CONTACT


Mud season is here: help protect fragile trail environments

Mud Season is Here: Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments

Play in the mud in your yard, not on the trails!

If you really can't resist the call of the trail, stick to low elevations and south-facing slopes, which tend to dry out earlier in the season.

This is a good example of trail widening from hikers walking around the mud. The


Deep and wide mud puddles appear, sometimes taking up entire sections of trail.

2. Be prepared to embrace the dirt

With mud season upon us, hikers are advised to stay off muddy trails to prevent erosion.

... the Green Mountain Club's fourteen regional sections visit the segments of trails that they maintain to get them prepared for the hiking season.

3. Avoid hiking above 2,500 feet

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Don't be that guy.

West River trail Mt. Tom, Woodstock

Fine, tell me exactly when mud season is so I can plan my hike.

Mud season is over! Or is it? While the Friday of Memorial Day weekend (tomorrow) typically begins Vermont's hiking season, we have had quite a lot of snow ...

Hiking during mud season requires extra planning, extra caution, and extra attention to the environment.

April and May are traditionally considered the messiest part of mud season in the Adirondacks. This designation ignores the fact that any month in the ...

With mud season upon us, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging hikers to walk through, not around, muddy areas.

This article was written by Vic Henningsen and previously appeared in the Spring 2019 Long Trail News. Green Mountain Club caretakers are a familiar sight ...


I have some first-hand experience with the variability of the weather during spring conditions. Once while backpacking within the Five Ponds Wilderness ...

Look for Drier Trails

Stratton Mountain mud. Photo: Jocelyn Hebert, Green Mountain Club

The Mountains Are Calling

Mud season hiking rules apply to bikers too. Stay where it's dry and don't ride your bike off trail.

The snow piles up everywhere, not just on ridges. This is a side trail to the Long Trail at the end of March. Photo: Doug Lloyd, Green Mountain Club

... but when those frigid January days hit, I start to think about summer hiking. I pick out the places I want to hike in the coming season ...

Taft Lodge on the Long Trail at the end of March… Photo: Mike DeBonis, Green Mountain Club …

…versus in the summer. Notice how high the door is that is buried in snow in the first photo. Photo: Jocelyn Hebert, Green Mountain Club

Mud Season is Here: Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments

Have you dreamed of hiking the 272-mile Long Trail? Whether you want to thru hike it in one go (taking an average of 20-30 days) or hike it in sections ...

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Short mud season hikes

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Hiking season start comes with warning of muddy — or even snowy — trails

One advantage of exploring the backcountry during April is the lack of a certain plentiful Adirondack pest. Typically April is the last totally biting bug ...

“My boots are muddy!” and “Can we go somewhere where it is spring for real, not just you tell me it's spring, but the weather doesn't change?

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This article was written by Scott Berkley and previously appeared in the Winter 2018 Long Trail News. The situation: an injured hiker sitting beside the ...

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We welcome anyone seeking to learn more about hiking on the Long Trail or Vermont's other trails as well as those wanting to share their knowledge!

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It's Mud Season!

While these hikes are far from clean-guaranteed, you can rest assured that you are doing the environment ...

Not a pretty sight As the frost and snow melt the ground becomes soggy and wet. The heavy traffic has turned the paths into mud. Click to see full image.

Just a touch of water this year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 28, 2019 Contact:Reuben Allen Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation | Agency of Natural Resources (802) ...

A muddy trail is less cohesive, fragile, and sick (not in the “sick drop, bro” way, but the coughing/sneezing kind). Don't ride in the mud!

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Trail to the Shoal Pond was overgrown and nearly untouched in early August.

With all the rain in the forecast, we wanted to take a minute and visit an issue which seems to plague area trails every spring – soggy trail conditions.

Stuck in the mud! Bad roads were a significant obstacle for the project.

We all know walking is good for our health. Walking in nature is even better. But sometimes the weather is not conducive to being outside, or our abilities ...

Winter is coming

Everyone loves Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield this time of year, but our other parks trails need love too… and are less crowded.

ANDOVER, Vt. – Come help beautify the town grounds, clean our roadsides, and spruce up our cemeteries at Andover's Green Up Day. A community of volunteers ...

Mud Season is Here: Help Protect Fragile Trail Environments CONTACT Jessica Savage Department of Forests

Here, riders will shave a stunning 5 seconds off their lap time at the cost of erosive damage, since water will now flow from the upper to lower section


Lower Raquette.

North Coast Trail – Cape Scott Provincial Park

Update: 2/23/18: Major melt mid-week left us with mud, dirt, ice, slush, snow. Please NO bikes if temps are above 28 as the trails are starting to unthaw ...

If your favorite trails are too muddy, try something new, like indoor climbing. Image via Shelby L. Bell

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Silver Lake: From the top of Silver Lake Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, Taylor Pond, Silver Lake and Union Falls Pond are all visible.

Buhisan Watershed

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Hikers please walk though the mud and not around as it widens the trail. Voldemort is closed till late spring.

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Bloomingdale Bog by Bike

At the end of the official trail at the end of Tull canyon there is a faint boot path, which disappears at times, up to the ridge below Hawk peak.

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