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Mud Season 2014

Trails Are Closed During Mud Season, from April to Memorial Day

General Contact: Visitor Center
Media Contact: Dave Hardy
Phone: 802.241.8320
Posted: 04/07/2014

THE STATE OF VERMONT CLOSES ALL HIGH ELEVATION TRAILS from snowmelt in MID-APRIL until MEMORIAL DAY SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014.

This closure basically covers the Long Trail and its side trails from Mount Ellen in Waitsfield to the Northern Terminus.

South of Mount Ellen, the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail crosses predominately federal land in the Green Mountain National Forest.  Although this section of trail is not technically closed, the US Forest Service issues the following guidelines:

Date Areas usually suitable for hiking:

April 15 Trails below 1000 feet in elevation
May 1 Trails below 2000 feet in elevation
May 15 Trails below 3000 feet in elevation
Memorial Day ALL TRAILS

 
SUGGESTED LOWER ELEVATION DAYS HIKES DURING MUD SEASON


Northern Vermont:

    Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, St. Albans to Richford (link)
    Stowe Recreation Path (link)
    Cotton Brook Area, Moscow/Stowe
    Alburg Recreation Trail (link)
    Cambridge Greenway Recreation Path
    Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte (link)
    Burlington Bike Path (link)

Northeast Kingdom:

    Bluff Mountain Community Trail, Island Pond (link)
    Mt Hor via CCC Roads, Westmore (link)
    Split Rock via Gore Mountain Trail, Avery's Gore (link)
    Perry Holbrook Memorial State Park, Sheffield (link)
    Nulhegan River Trail, Brunswick (link)
    Beebe Spur Rail Trail, Newport (link)
    The Hurricane, Holland (link)
    Westmore Town Forest, Westmore (link)

Central Vermont:

    The Austin Brook Trail, Warren/Granville (link)
    Thresher Hill & Pine Brook Trails, Rochester (link)
    The Cross VT Trail - runs west to east across VT. (link)
    Liberty Hill, Contest Trail Loop, Pittsfield (link)
    Stage Road in Jonesville to Duck Brook shelter via the LT
    Lefferts Pond, Chittenden (link)
    Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Ripton (link)
    Travel Around Middlebury Trail (TAM) (link)
    Mad River Path (link)

Southern Vermont:

    Emerald Lake State Park Trail
    Harriman Trail
    Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail
    Woodford State Park Trails
    West River Trail
    Jamaica State Park Trails
    Equinox Preservation Trust - Manchester Village (behind the Equinox Hotel)

For more info, click here.

TIPS FOR HIKING DURING MUD SEASON

  • Walk through the mud, not around it! If a trail is so muddy that you need to walk on the vegetation beside it, turn back, and seek an alternative area to hike.
  • Hike in the lower-elevation hardwood forest (unless it is muddy!) with southern exposure (south-facing slopes dry out first in spring).
  • Avoid the spruce-fir (conifer) forests at higher elevations.
  • Watch your footing on snow and ice.  Be prepared for slippery and snowy conditions no matter how warm it is at home.
  • Bring a warm extra layer as mountaintops are chilly year-round and Vermont’s weather can quickly change.
  • Bring an extra pair of dry socks on your hike
  • Stay hydrated and bring food for long hikes

 





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