Spring is finally coming! Breakup looks like it could be a rapid event this year. Trails will be vulnerable to damage, and we need to use them with care. Please keep in mind how your use of trails in the spring may affect other trail users. Early season damage to trails is a recurring problem. When the snow melts and the ground thaws, trails become extremely soft and muddy. Using mushy trails at this time can result in ruts that remain when the trails dry out. Those ruts can make trails difficult to use all summer and cause further degradation problems.
Take to the trails responsibly. With a little thought, mud season problems can be greatly reduced.
Try to be patient. Stay off the trails if you can. If you are unsure if a trail is ready to be used, check it out with the commitment to turn back if you are doing too much damage.
Choose low impact. If you use the trails in several different ways, choose the method of travel that will cause the least amount of damage if you do run into some muddy sections. Stay the trail.
Pick your trails carefully. Use well-drained trails with lots of southern exposure. They typically dry out the quickest. If you just have to get muddy, please limit your activities to trails that are already thrashed. A little more damage probably won’t make a big difference, but a trail in nice shape can be damaged for a season in a hurry.
Time your adventure. When spring temperatures dip below freezing at night, trails may remain frozen and more solid in the morning hours.
Enjoy a water trail. The birds are pouring in o the Interior. Enjoy paddling or floating the Clearwater River, our local water trail.
Trails are expensive to build and maintain, handle with care!
In 2021 DJTA plans to begin trail construction at the River Walk Park across from the Alaska State Park Campground right in Delta.
June 5 is Hike Donnelly Dome with DJTA -National Trails Day!