It’s Mud Season: Stay Off Hiking Trails to Protect Them
The Green Mountain Club has announced the start of mud season and urged hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover. High elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails. In between spring showers we are all ready to hit the trails after a long cold winter. But it takes time for mountain soils to dry out. Hiking trails on state lands managed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Green Mountain Club are closed until Memorial Day weekend. Hikers are also strongly discouraged from using hiking trails in the Green Mountain National Forest until Memorial Day weekend. For a list of suggested Mud Season hikes, visit GreenMountainClub.org.