BATS Trail Use Tips
Plan Ahead and Prepare!
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Winter/Mud Season Trail Use Tips:
Early winter with all it’s temperature fluctuations can be just as bad as mud season (~April-May) in which all trail organizations in Vermont encourage users to recreate on dirt or paved roads instead. Freeze and Thaw cycles can be wreak havoc on trails. Follow these guidelines and use common sense to help us keep our trails in good shape:
-Use trails before they warm up or after they freeze (before 10am after 3pm)
-If the temperature outside is warm-ish AND it rained or is thawing, you should AVOID using trails until they dry out. Find a more durable trail, dirt road, pavement, your driveaway, or (gasp) the gym.
-If it snowed and the snow is melting, the trails are probably muddy and icy and need to dry out. Seek an alternative activity, or use a drier trail / trail network/find a great dirt road.
Using trails that are muddy can create ruts, widen the trails (go through the mud/wear waterproof footwear), damage vegetation, and it takes MANY more hours to fix than if you did not go to begin with. Using trails that are icy creates impacts, especially if you aren’t prepared as this causes people to widen the trails, which compacts the snow/ice, which affects plants and soil once everything thaws, and can create erosion problems.
-If you are on a trail that is typically dry and come across mud spots
a) go through the mud (waterproof shoes!)
b) turn around
-If you are on a trail in the shade, and it snowed at some point, you may find the whole gamut: ice, snow, & mud
Invest in appropriate footwear or footwear traction devices (ex: YaxTrax, IceTrekkers, microspikes, snowshoes from a friendly local footwear or gear shop) so you Stay On the Trail.
Use Common Sense (please!)
Many people enjoy snowshoeing on the BATS system. If you don’t know the terrain, stick to established trails. There is definitely room for exploration on the BATS Trails in winter, but be mindful that Mt. Anthony has many rock faces and steeper areas. Go off-trail at your own risk, and be prepared before you go. Bring a headlamp and extra clothing layers. It gets dark early, and snowshoeing is hard, so you may be out longer than you expect.