As the ground began to thaw and continuous rain occurs in the late winter and early spring, hiking trails became very muddy. This is known as mud season. If you plan to do hiking in the mud season, keep these considerations:
Bring the Right Hiking Gear: Essential gear for hiking mud season is the same as for any other time of the year, with some additions:
- Thick socks and sturdy hiking shoes with good traction. In the highlands, it is wise to bring crampons and trekking poles for additional assistance in the slippery area. Check this site out to buy a good quality of trekking poles, especially for women.
- Long pants or jeans to protect your feet and keep you warm when the weather turns.
- Carry a waterproof jacket or poncho in case of rain.
- Plenty of food and water.
- Emergency supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, LED flashlight and cell phone.
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Protecting the environment: Not only do roads become more dangerous during mud season, but nature becomes more vulnerable. The ground becomes very susceptible to erosion and a high traffic mud season can cause permanent damage to some roads.
A lot of traffic in the early spring can also cause the trail to require more maintenance. Some of the parks department spread mulch wood on a popular street to make them safer for pedestrians. A heavy population of pine trees can offer a natural mud deterrent, such as pine needles mingled well with mud to make walking safer.