Winter can be a wonderland for hiking: dashing through the snow, treetops glistening, and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. This winter’s thaw and refreeze periods can cause slippery hiking conditions on ice and mud. Please be cautious when hiking up and down steep slopes and across trails that appear icy and glazed.
Some of the notable locations are in the Big Ravine; including the Hemlock Heights, Sweeny Switchback, Iron Bridge, School, and Pine Bluff Trails. However, these conditions can occur anywhere.
We recommend wearing sturdy footwear with traction devices that can be either built in, such as ICEBUG brand, or ones that can be attached, such as YAKTRAX, DUE NORTH, STABIL, and other brands. Just search for “traction devices for winter hiking.”
Having walking sticks doesn’t hurt either. If you encounter a muddy patch, please walk through the mud rather than around it. When in doubt, just turn around. Remember, “In life, as in baseball, it’s the number of times you reach home safely that counts”
Stay tuned via our Facebook page and website for “springtime” trail closures.
Icy conditions on the Pileated Woodpecker Trail.
Ice covered stairs at the top of the Hemlock Heights trail.