Coast published a new article this month called “Mud Season Hiking: How to Stay Safe” by Ben Nystrom. The article offers practical advice on hiking trails in late winter and early spring when mud is prevalent on trails, making them potentially hazardous to both hikers and the surrounding environment.
Nystrom opens by briefly explaining that mud season is simply melting snow and rain that saturate the ground, creating massive amounts of mud. As he continues, he makes a number of crucial observations about hiking trails during this particular season that will help keep you safe as well as content along the way.
Nystrom also includes a brief discussion regarding the environmental impact mud hiking can have. For instance, erosion is a major concern not only for hikers’ safety but for the native habitat. He encourages hikers to avoid straying from the path and treading on nearby vegetation. He also notes the more a trail is hiked the more maintenance it may require in future months.
Finally, Nystrom concludes with a few tips on essential hiking gear. He recommends packing along the following items:
- sturdy boots and think socks
- waterproof jacket/poncho
- emergency supplies (First-Aid kit)
- LED flashlight
- multi-tool or survival knife
Read the rest of Coast’s article for more great info on safely navigating your mud hike.
[photo: Phillie Casablanca]