MONTPELIER, Vt. — After a long winter, some hikers may be eager to hit the trails. But state and national forest officials are urging them to wait until mountain hiking trails dry out to protect them from erosion.

Officials say the wet soils in and around the trails are susceptible to erosion and hiking on them can cause damage and inhibit natural drainage.

Jessica Savage, recreation program manager with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, says while yards are drying out, soils are still thawing at higher elevations. Some trails may be closed at this time.

Mike DeBonis, executive director of the Green Mountain Club, is advising hikers to consider south-facing slopes and lower elevations where the sun can dry out the trails sooner until the end of May.

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