The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has sent out guidelines for keeping newly-opened trails as safe as possible for everyone. The signs of spring are hard to miss right now. Birds are chirping, seeds are sprouting and the trails are…muddy. Remember: share the trail and be extra careful on muddy or rutted trails.
Be sure to remember these steps to help keep the trails safe and useable for everyone:
- Try to use hard surface trails like asphalt or stone rather than native surface or dirt/grass trails this time of year.
- Think before you sink; if you leave tracks, turn back and try another trail.
- Seek out trails in sandy areas that drain well.
- If you come across a muddy, wet or icy section of trail and cannot turn back, go right down the middle and embrace the mud – do not go around it and widen the trail tread, which can damage habitat.
- Avoiding muddy trails now helps limit closures and repairs later.
- Watch for unsafe conditions like slippery areas or areas covered in water. Walk your bike and go slowly.
Learn more about spring trail etiquette.
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