As the snow begins to melt from the mountains, there is another season approaching as we transition into spring: mud season.
Known as the time between winter and spring, mud season is when snowmelt and rain turn dirt roads and trails into a muddy mess. It’s too warm for skiing and mountain resorts are closing, but trails for hiking and biking are still sloppy.
For outdoor lovers, practicing good Leave No Trace (LNT) during this season is challenging. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your trails this season.
This is the best way to preserve tail systems. Pick a different trail or hike another day when trail conditions have improved.
If you step off the trail or go to the side to avoid the mud puddle, that will likely result in trail-widening, or the creation of new, unwanted trails.
Muddy shoes from hiking right down the middle of the trail will dry overnight, while trail erosion is nearly impossible to reverse. Wear durable hiking shoes so you can walk through the mud easily.
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