Spring Hiking Tips

With the advent of Daily Light Savings Time, spring fever is officially in the air. Longer days offer us so much more daylight to get out and do the activities we all love.

Spring hiking is an activity we can enjoy on these longer warmer days. When preparing for a spring hike keep in mind that the trails will be muddy and wet so wear appropriate footwear.your boots or shoes will get wet and muddy! It is important to always stay on the trail. There will be a temptation to walk around a large puddle but doing this is very detrimental to the ecology of the mountain.

As always, dress in layers as the weather may quickly change. What starts out as a warm sunny day can quickly change to cold and blustery. Be sure to pack some healthy snacks and lots of water.

If mud and slush don't appeal to you but getting out in the sunshine and fresh air does, the Summit County Rec Path is a great option. Not only is it an asphalt trail, it also offers a bit of elevation change and beautiful views. This trail has many access points in the Keystone area. 

A good rule of them for spring hiking is to stick to lower trails that get a lot of sun. These trails dry out first. A bonus of the sun is a warmer walk as well. There are a couple of trail systems that tend to dry out quickly and can accommodate outdoor enthusiasts who just can’t wait. The Oro Grande trailhead is a good early season option. This 3.5-mile path also provides access to the 0.8-mile Tenderfoot Trail. The Oro Grande Trail passes through stands of lodgepole pine and aspen groves and offers views of Lake Dillon and the Gore and Tenmile ranges. 

Spring hiking is a real treat in Summit County! As always , be careful and enjoy!