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.

 

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.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: March 13, 2018

Ski trails blazed by a Preserve Steward at Keleher Preserve

Fresh powder now covers most MHLC preserves, with varying layers of packed snow and ice crust beneath, making cross country skiing possible, but a true workout at preserves like the Bozen Kill and Keleher. Caution (and ski poles) are still advised.

Ashford Glen: Parking is available along Ashford Lane.

Bozen Kill Preserve: The parking area on Westfall Road will be plowed. Snow has hardened into ice in many areas, with some bare ground exposed.

Fox Preserve: The parking area on 4220 River Road will be plowed.

Keleher Preserve: A truck or four-wheel drive is recommended. Use the winter entrance route by following these directions: From Albany, take Delaware Avenue (Rt. 443) west through Clarksville. Make a left onto Cass Hill Road. Continue approximately 2.7 miles to Gulf Hill Road. Turn right on Gulf Hill road. This is a dirt road. (While it says seasonal use, it is open up to the Preserve.) At the fork (about a mile) keep left. Preserve parking area will be on the right after approximately 1/2 mile.
Look out for newly-installed cedar signposts at each trail junction. Over 18 inches of snow reported here and cross-country trails are being skied down.

Normans Kill East and West: Several spaces in the Novus Engineering parking area and Normans Kill Boulevard parking area are available.

Phillipin Kill Preserve: Two spaces are available in the Mansions parking area closest to the preserve entrance.

Holt Preserve: Use the parking area at the end of Lower Copeland Hill Road to access the entire Holt Preserve by walking the trails or the old road section to the Upper Holt area.
Snowshoeing conditions here are ideal this week.

Restifo Preserve: Parking is available along Maple Avenue Extension.

Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve: The drive up to the preserve from Cranes Hollow Road will be plowed after snowfall, in addition to the parking area above when necessary. The drive is steep and four wheel drive and snow tires are recommended. Parking is also available at the bottom of the drive so long as the road access is kept open.

Swift Wetland: Parking is available at the end of Evelyn Drive.

Wolf Creek Falls: The parking area on Bozenkill Road will be plowed.

 

Happy Trails Tuesday: February 13, 2018

Beaver Scat at Mosher Marsh Preserve.

Even under fresh snow, the trails and parking areas are still quite icy. Microspikes and trekking poles may be needed to hike safely. Don’t forget to sign in and carry a map from the kiosk with you on your walk.

Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve: The cross-country ski trial is groomed, and the driveway and parking area are clear. Skis, snowshoes, and all-wheel drive are recommended to access and enjoy this preserve.

Mosher Marsh: Trails through the frozen wetland are icy, trek cautiously with proper gear. 

Keleher Preserve: Until spring, we have learned the hard way that the winter entrance is still a necessity! From Albany, take Delaware Avenue (Rt. 443) west through Clarksville. Make a left onto Cass Hill Road. Continue approximately 2.7 miles to Gulf Hill Road. Turn right on Gulf Hill road. This is a dirt road. (While it says seasonal use, it is open up to the Preserve.) At the fork (about a mile) keep left. Preserve parking area will be on the right after approximately 1/2 mile.

Van Dyke Preserve: The ramp leading down to this parking area is very slippery. Until warmer temperatures, snow tires are recommended. Otherwise, please park along Meads Lane in a visible section and walk to the preserve on foot.


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