DEC Urges Hikers to Walk Through - Not Around - Mud and Water on Adirondack Trails

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Adirondacks Visitors Encouraged to Practice "Leave No Trace" Principles to Protect Natural Resources

Hikers Should Prepare for Mud in Low Elevations, Snow and Ice in High Elevations

Spring has arrived, and as a new season of hiking and outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks approaches, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges hikers to be cautious and practice "Leave No Trace" principles to protect natural resources, and help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, and help DEC responsibly manage the largest wilderness in the Northeast.

Spring conditions are present throughout the State and the lower elevations of the Adirondacks. However, backcountry trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow. Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of ice and mud as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making the trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers.

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