- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers to postpone trips to high-elevation Adirondack trails until mud dries up.

The agency asks hikers to prevent damage to trails and sensitive high elevation vegetation by avoiding trails above 2,500 feet. The Dix, Giant and High Peaks Wilderness Areas are of particular concern.

Trails in the higher elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and are vulnerable to erosion as frost leaves the ground.

Trails at lower elevations usually dry soon after snowmelt and have deeper soil that’s less prone to erosion.

A list of recommended mud season hikes is on the department’s website (https://on.ny.gov/1rYt1Pl ).

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