Although the snow is still fairly deep but steadily melting away, it soon will be mud season in Vermont. The down time as far as hiking or backpacking goes. As a trail maintenance volunteer, I understand the importance of patiently waiting for the trails to dry out some before trudging on them. Some trails are closed by the State of Vermont.
Spring is also a time when people can not resist getting out due to the nice weather. The Green Mountain Club has set certain guidelines for 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.
- The State of Vermont closes all trails on state land including those on Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield from mid-April until Memorial Day weekend. Please do not hike in these fragile areas.
- Also avoid: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Lincoln Ridge (Mount Ellen to Appalachian Gap), Jay Peak.