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Muddy Hikes, Damaged Trails

March 25, 2011

 As winter breaks and frost receeds, trails will soon become wet and muddy. Please avoid making post holes and divets with your feet, bicycle tires or horse’s hooves by staying on firmer ground until “things” dry up. Taking a hike along a gravel road, or some of the unmaintained old Class IV (VT) and Class VI (NH) roads, will provide a place to keep your muscles moving without causing trail damage and major maintenance needs.  Consider providing thanks to all the trail maintainers and organizations that help care for trails, by giving the trails an early-spring break.

Typically May 15th has been the general standard for the opening of trails for the snowless seasons. Although, as we all know, some years the landscape dries quickly and in others we have rainy periods that keep the trails looking like sloppy pudding. When heading out to enjoy a trail, just remember to use this key word, common- sense. 
 Mt. Ascutney Parkway (a paved surface) at Mount Ascutney State Park is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors while waiting for the trails to dry.  As you plan your spring trail outings, remember that higher elevations dry out later in the season so stay on firmer ground for now.
 The Wilder Multi-Use path has a paved surface, also making it a good place to take a stroll during the spring.

Provide suggestions for great places to hike and bike during the mud season by using the  comment tab today.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    March 25, 2011 12:32 pm

    Boston Lot Road
    Union Village Dam roads

  2. Karen Summer permalink
    March 26, 2011 9:28 am

    I like the loop road around Lake Morey during this time in the early spring.

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