It’s mud season in the Adirondacks. DEC says avoid High Peaks

Muddy and icy trail in the Adirondacks. Photo: NYSDEC

The recent hot and humid spring weather in the Adirondacks can make trails unsafe and lead to soil erosion.

The Department of Environmental Conservation warns hikers to avoid certain high Adirondack trails. In a Releasethe ministry said melting snow and ice creates unstable ground.

It comes after rangers carried out two rescues of injured hikers in the Adirondacks last weekend.

On Sunday April 3, a Connecticut man was taken to hospital after an incident on a trail in Hamilton County.

The 61-year-old fell and injured his knee while hiking up the Auger Falls Trail near the town of Wells. Another hiker found him and drove to Speculator to call emergency services.

Police, fire and nearby emergency services responded to the call alongside a park ranger. Rescuers placed a splint on the man’s leg before he was evacuated by ambulance.

On the same day, rangers assisted a 34-year-old man from Scotia. The hiker needed a brace for his shoulder after injuring himself while hiking Big Slide Mountain.

The DEC advisory applies to all Adirondack trails above 2,500 feet. This includes the High Peaks trails including Giant Mountain, McKenzie Mountain, Sentinel Range, and Jay Mountain. A full list of trails to avoid until the advisory is lifted is available in line.

Hiking in these conditions can also cause trail erosion, damaging the trails as well as nearby plant life.

Lower elevation trails are less likely to see these dangerous conditions, but the DEC says to proceed with caution on any trail.

If you encounter poor trail conditions while hiking, the DEC recommends walking in the center of the trail to minimize effects on the immediate surroundings and erosion.

The DEC posts weekly updates on the condition of the Adirondacks trails on their website. They suggest checking for updates before hiking.

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