Current Trail Conditions and Notable Finds on Your Favorite MHLC Preserves
Before you set out on the trails, check this page for the latest news regarding the conditions at MHLC preserves, as well as trail highlights, hiking tips, and local wildlife notes and sightings! If you’re a regular visitor, we recommend bookmarking this page.
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Current Trail Conditions: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Bozen Kill Preserve: Restoration efforts are in progress at the Bozen Kill field. The hedgerow’s invasive buckthorn has been cut and piled in the field. Come late fall, this pile will be burned. Native seed has been spread in the bare patches left behind: please avoid walking through this section to allow seeds to germinate. On September 28th, volunteers will spread local meadow seed to continue restoring this landscape. Be advised that poison ivy is present throughout this field.
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve: The trail markings at Wolf Creek Falls have been updated to incorporate plastic discs to better facilitate navigation in this preserve. Please consult the new trail map before heading out on your hike.
Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve: Cardinal flowers are still blooming around the bridge along the disappearing brook. In the fields, wet places have lots of Joe-Pye weed and boneset. The goldenrods are starting to bloom; there are eight different varieties on the preserve, all visible from the trail. In a month we will see fringed gentian! And lots of asters (also eight different kinds).
Normans Kill West: Trail steps and railing replacements took place this month. The old trail steps that were replaced have been moved to one side of the trail. These will be carted out on sleds during the winter months for easier transport.
Schoharie Creek Preserve: A wasp nest was found on the southern portion of the blue trail. Please be aware when hiking this trail as we work to remove it.
Mosher Marsh: The bog bridges after the long boardwalk stretch are slippery and may be submerged due to beaver activity and recent rainfall. Wear your muck boots if continuing on after this point.
Current Trail Conditions: Thursday, August 9, 2018
After all this rain, streams are high and trails may be blocked by fallen trees and limbs. Saturated soil will be muddy and slippery. Take caution on your hikes until drier weather arrives.
Bozen Kill Preserve: The trails are extremely muddy, water levels are high, and the stream is moving quickly. Swimming is not permitted at the Bozen Kill Preserve. Be sure to steer clear of any high water levels.
A bridge is out at the Schiffendecker Preserve a quarter a mile in from the trailhead. This preserve is currently closed while we fix this structure. We will provide another update once the preserve is back open and the bridge is repaired.
Current Trail Conditions: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Milkweed is flowering across the area as monarch butterflies are soon to arrive along their cross-country migration. Keep an eye out as you pass swamp and common milkweed plants at many MHLC preserves, as these plants provide key nutrients for this pollinator species.
While all trails are open, mowed, and maintained as often as possible, please keep in mind that trail conditions are always changing during the busy growing season. You may encounter encroaching vegetation, downed trees, or other trail obstructions. Be able to identify wild parsnip – a yellow, dill-like flower with a wide, stringy stalk. Avoid touching this plant with any exposed skin, as sap causes extreme skin irritations. For more information, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/105364.html
Always wear clothes fit for mud, poison ivy, and taller grasses whenever you are hiking outdoors, and report any change in trail conditions to MHLC by emailing Sawyer at email@example.com
Bozen Kill Preserve: During the month of July, the entrance to the white trail will be closed as MHLC begins removing invasive buckthorn plants from the field’s hedgerow. Instead, use the blue trail to keep at a safe distance from the farm equipment and watch as this transformation continues.
Normans Kill West Preserve: The railing on the bridge crossing the Normans Kill is in the process of being replaced. Please keep off this railing until the new one is installed.
Mosher Marsh Preserve: Beaver activity is slowly increasing water levels at this preserve. Stepping bridges may be flooded depending on recent rains. Please use caution when stepping off boardwalks onto these small structures. Wear tall boots when visiting this landscape.
Keleher Preserve: Trails at the blue and green junction, and the orange, white, and green juncture have been rerouted to make intersections clearer and closer together. Please follow the new trails and avoid hiking on trails closed by downed logs. Historic farm roads wind throughout the property, and MHLC trails cross them at several points. If you are new to this preserve, please take a map from the kiosk to navigate while you hike.
Happy Trails Tuesday: June 19, 2018
Summer is here! And with it, the wild strawberries are ripening, and the orange day lilies are beginning to bud and bloom. Keep an eye out for magenta pasture rose and elderberry bushes as the Bennett Hill Preserve, and purple and blue lupine at Mosher Marsh. Send us a photo of your outdoor adventure and the beautiful natural wonders you encounter.
Trails are generally dry and clear, but here are a few management updates:
Holt Preserve: The Lower Holt preserve has standing water on the red trail, consider hiking at the Upper Preserve instead. Please be considerate of other neighbors on this residential street and keep your dogs on leash until you are onto the trails and off the road.
Mosher Marsh: Be sure to avoid wild parsnip plants at this preserve, as our stewardship teams will be cutting these plants throughout the summer to avoid contact with the public.
Ashford Glen: A new fence was installed along this preserve’s entrance way. Visit this gem to enjoy the native flora and our newest piece of curb appeal.
Bozen Kill Preserve: During the week of June 25-29the entrance to the white trail will be closed as we begin removing invasive species from the field’s hedgerow. Instead, use the blue trail to keep at a safe distance from the farm equipment.
Normans Kill West: The railing on the bridge crossing the Normans Kill is in the process of being replaced. Please keep off this railing until the new one is installed.
Keleher Preserve: Trails at the blue and green junction, and the orange, white and green juncture have been rerouted to make intersections clearer and closer together. Please follow the new trails and avoid hiking on trails closed by downed logs.
Happy Trails Tuesday: May 23, 2018
Spring is leafing out and a vibrant shades of green and yellow now coats many of our local forests and fields. MHLC volunteers and stewardship staff will be out on the trails all season keep our trails clear.
It is still mud season on the trails, as much of the region’s clay soils are saturated with water. Please protect our trails by going through mud puddles, not around them. Walking around puddles tramples vegetation and only extends the mud. For any nature-lover, muddy boots are a badge of honor. Read the DEC’s recent press release regarding responsible hiking through muddy conditions.
Bozen Kill: The red trail has been extended. Take a walk to the end to see this new view at our turn-around point. A new stone retaining wall has been built at the Plant Overlook to prevent further erosion down to the stream. Please stay behind this wall while enjoying the view.
Mosher Marsh: Beavers are actively cutting trees and building lodges, and water levels are high. Wear your muck boots and step between foot bridges to access the wooded portion of the preserve. Please stay on trail to ensure neighbor privacy.
Holt Preserve: New switchbacks are being built into the Orange Trail to make for a more enjoyable walk. Please follow this new trail.
Fox Preserve: Split rail fencing is being installed around this parking area to protect the beautiful cottonwood tree which shades our cars as we hike.
Mud Season typically ends on Memorial Day, but every year is different. MHLC will continue to update this page with trail conditions and the ever-awaited announcement that mud season is behind us.