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.
Update: January 4, 2021
With fresh snow on the ground to begin the new year, we all wish you well from MHLC and your Stewardship Coordinator Kent! Big thanks to all Stewardship Volunteers and visitors for reaching out on the preserve conditions. Although trails will be variable in condition well until May/June, they are still fantastic to explore in winter.
Our recommendations include crampons (or spikes you can put over your boots) and hiking poles which can help secure your footing and even feel for slippery areas before you step forward.
Be on the lookout for mud, rain, and frozen conditions which can make traveling on the trails difficult. Watch for flooding streams – which can move bog brides and may make some sections of trail temporarily impassable such as at Bozen Kill and Van Dyke Preserves. That said, this winter weather can also make spectacular viewing at trails such at Schoharie Creek and Wolf Creek Falls Preserves!
Check out our social media pages and this web page for the most up-to-date word on the preservers! Stay safe, be well, and don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any trail updates, conditions, or concerns.
Update: December 22, 2020
The trails have been broken and parking lots plowed for winter sports access at the following preserves: Bozen Kill, Holt, Hollyhock Hollow, Schiffendecker, Strawberry Fields, Swift, Winn, and Wolf Creek. Please be aware of bridges, bog boards, and other bumps that may be hidden under the snow.
Update: December 17, 2020
Currently, Mosher, Schoharie, Schiffendecker, and Touhey Family Preserves are not plowed.
A few of the towns have expressed that they would plow our lots only in severe storms like this one, but there will not be regular maintenance or plowing for lighter snow showers and that our preserves are not the highest priority item. With winter snow events and otherwise, please be advised conditions are variable when heading out to preserves!
Update: December 7, 2020
Trails continue to be in good condition. With variable weather patterns, snow and mud may persist on sections of or on different trails at this time. Continue to watch out for mud and leaves covering the trail!
In anticipation of future snow events, please be sure to check out Bob Frederick’s blog on Winter Sports at the MHLC Preserves. Thanks, Bob! Additionally, check the website for any updates on snow cover, and accessing the preserves in the winter. With variable plowing and lot clearing schedules, some preserves may have differing parking conditions, and not be as readily accessible.
Reach out to email@example.com with any questions. As always, be sure to report any issues like downed logs, encroachment, or other concerns!