Current Trail Conditions

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 volunteer@mohawkhudson.org.

Pasture rose at Bennett Hill Preserve

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

A beautiful beaver lodge at Mosher Marsh.

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.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: May 8, 2018

Look for trillium blooming at the Bozen Kill and other MHLC Preserves.

Spring ephemerals are blooming across MHLC preserves. Trout lily, red and white trillium, fern fiddleheads, may apple, and spring beauty speckle the forest floor.

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.

Bozen Kill: The red trail has been extended. Take a walk to the end to see this new view at our turn-around point.

Mosher Marsh: Wear your muck boots to hike this preserve, as beaver activity has caused water levels to rise along the boardwalk bridges, causing the ramps off and onto these structures to flood.

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.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: April 24, 2018

Buttercups blooming at the Mosher Marsh Preserve.

Spring has finally sprung and warm weather seems like it is here to stay.

As the snow melts and spring rains fall, the ground is only able to soak up so much water. Puddles appear and can sometimes cover whole sections of trail. Trails that are over-saturated are highly at risk of damage from hikers compacting soil and creating erosion.

Here is how to hike in mud season in ways that keep the trails healthy and your boots dry (or at least, drier):

Go through mud puddles, not around them. Walking around puddles tramples vegetation and only extend the mud.

Do the rock walk. Try to step on durable surfaces, including rocks, bog bridges, logs or sticks, instead of fragile soil.

Hike drier trails. These preserves are likely to have better conditions through mud season with fewer visitors or more trails to disperse impact: Upper Holt PreserveWinn PreserveAshford Glen PreserveSwift Wetland, and Keleher Preserve.

P.S. The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail – paved and unpaved portions – are always mud-free!

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.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: April 10, 2018

Spring conditions at the Bozen Kill Preserve.

Spring has sprung! Though it’s not so easy to tell this year.

As the snow melts and spring rains fall, the ground is only able to soak up so much water. Puddles appear and can sometimes cover whole sections of trail. Trails that are over-saturated are highly at risk of damage from hikers compacting soil and creating erosion.

Here is how to hike in mud season in ways that keep the trails healthy and your boots dry (or at least, drier):

Go through mud puddles, not around them. Walking around puddles tramples vegetation and only extend the mud.

Do the rock walk. Try to step on durable surfaces, including rocks, bog bridges, logs or sticks, instead of fragile soil.

Hike drier trails. These preserves are likely to have better conditions through mud season with fewer visitors or more trails to disperse impact: Upper Holt Preserve, Winn Preserve, Ashford Glen Preserve, Swift Wetland, and Keleher Preserve.

P.S. The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail – paved and unpaved portions – are always mud-free!

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.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: March 27, 2018

A snowy view from the Schoharie Creek Preserve’s blue trail.

Preserves in higher elevations like the Helderbergs and Hoffman’s Fault are still snow-packed with between one and two feet of snow on the ground. These preserves include Keleher Preserve, Schoharie Creek Preserve, Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, and Winn Preserve

Down in the valleys and lower elevations, preserves like Normans Kill East and West and Schiffendecker are already into mud season!

Please walk through the mud and not around it. This helps to prevent erosion and trail widening. Muddy boots are a badge of honor!

As the weather warms, ticks will be prevalent. We recommend wearing light-colored clothing to better spot ticks, tucking pants into socks, and, if you choose, using bug spray or coating clothing with permethrin.

 

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