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Hikers urged to avoid higher Adirondack peaks due to muddy conditions

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RAY BROOK, New York — It's mud season in the Adirondacks, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers to postpone hikes on trails above 3,000 feet until mid-June.

Of particular concern are higher elevation trails in the Dix, Giant, and High Peaks Wilderness Areas in the northern Adirondacks, due to muddy conditions and the damage hiking can cause to vegetation and soft ground.

In the High Peaks region, DEC asks hikers to avoid Algonquin, Colden, Feldspar, Gothics, Indian Pass, Marcy, Marcy Dam, Lake Colden, Range Trail, Skylight, Wright and all "trail-less" peaks.

DEC suggests alternative trails for hiking, including Ampersand, Cascade, Big Slide, Baker, Haystack, Pharaoh Mountain, Panther and Scarface.

Trail condition information is detailed on the DEC website (http://1.usa.gov/adktrails ).

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