Have to get your hiking fix? Prevent erosion by staying off muddy trails

Stick to sandy, lighter colored trails instead
Posted at 3:18 PM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 12:38:32-05

BOISE, Idaho — With the sunny weather, many Treasure Valley residents are getting outdoors to take advantage! While it may be tempting to get up on Table Rock to hike, recreating on muddy trails can cause erosion, which damages them.

Freezing temperatures overnight and sunny conditions during the day causes the trails to soften, which means hiking is a no-go. The Table Rock trail was closed today, but residents say that, although they're disappointed, they understand why.

“We thought it's such a nice day, we’re going to come out here and do a hike and we showed up and the trail’s closed and we saw why. It’s a disaster," said Eagle residents Mike Dudley and Nancy Cantwell.

Other trails you should probably avoid are Polecat, Ridgecrest, Bucktail, and Sweet Connie. If you HAVE to get your hiking fix, stick to sandy, lighter colored trails. They're less prone to erosion.

For the latest trail conditions, click here.