April 20th 2021
Mud season is here
Now that spring has sprung, you’re undoubtedly craving some time outdoors—especially when the pandemic has us all looking for ways to find balance. That’s why the Reserve is staying open for hiking. We suggest wearing proper footwear for the season, so you can stay on the trail even when the ground is covered with mud or water. A little foresight can go a long way in helping preserve the flora and fauna along the trail.
To really get the most out of your mud season hike, why not stash a bag and an extra pair of shoes in your car? That way you can switch out your footwear when you get back and keep your floor mats clean. Gaiters are also a good way to keep your boots and pants from getting muddy, and wool socks will keep your feet warm even if they get wet. Some people like to layer a plastic bag between two pairs of socks to keep their feet dry. You could also look into waterproof socks. Any of these options will make it easy to stay on the trail.
In the springtime, the freeze-thaw cycle (and the rain that sometimes comes with it) prevents the soil from draining properly, causing trails to become muddy and forming puddles. While it may be tempting to go off trail so you can sidestep the wet and muddy spots, other hikers might follow in your footsteps and trample the surrounding vegetation, widening the trails and making them more vulnerable to erosion.