Had some goodies filter in through the inbox this week with an eye to spring. As you go out and about, you'll probably note that your favorite trail is a little muddier even than usual for spring. Between the rain and snow, sunny days and colder nights, trail surfaces are a little challenged. The folks at Michigan State Parks shared this reminder on helping to keep the trails in good shape for everyone:
Using muddy trails can leave ruts, uneven tire tracks and footprints, contribute to erosion and inadvertently widen trails.
Try to avoid muddy trails altogether; however, if you encounter a muddy section, please keep the following in mind:
- If bike riding, dismount and tiptoe down the center, not to the sides, which widens the trail.
- If hiking, go right through the center of the trail, rather than travelling around the mud and widening the trail.
- Travel with your horse through the center of the trail so trail widening doesn't occur.
The hard-working volunteers who are responsible for going out and repairing mud damage will thank you!