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.
If you have a trail update to report, or would like to volunteer to help make these improvements happen, email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Fox Preserve: Improvements to the Fox Preserve parking area are underway. Please be advised there will be gravel and equipment present in the next two weeks at this preserve and to take caution when using the parking lot. Visitors are welcome to park around this construction in the lot until the paving begins and continue to utilize the trails with this construction in mind. Once asphalt is laid down, the parking lot will be inaccessible, and visitors will be encouraged to park at one of the many Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail pull-off lots along River Road.
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.