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Hikers Urged to Stay Off Trails

The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they have extensive snow or ice cover.
WATERBURY, Vt. - The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they have extensive snow or ice cover. Hiking on muddy trails can damage them.

A press release says high elevation soil takes until around Memorial Day to try out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails.

“Please give our trails time to dry out for the summer hiking season,” says Dave Hardy, Director of Trail Programs for the Green Mountain Club, “Until the end of May, consider hiking on south facing slopes and lower elevations where the sun can dry out the trails sooner. And please stay on the trail rather than walking around puddles so the trails don’t widen and create new erosion problems. Thank you for taking care of our trails!”

To find a list of suggested Mud Season hikes, visit www.GreenMountainClub.org. 

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