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It’s safe: DEC’s recommendations for corona, mud season

Some cars are parked at the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley, a popular access point to the High Peaks Wilderness, on March 18. The town of Keene normally runs a shuttle bus to and from this trailhead in summer and fall. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

You don’t have to stay inside all day. It is safe to go outside if you follow social distance practices.

As the world takes precautions against the novel coronavirus, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking people to maintain safety procedures in nature.

The Adirondacks is currently in mud season, when trails experience different conditions at all levels. The ground level might be soft and muddy in plenty of areas, which can be deceiving. Mountains still have deep snow and slippery ice on them as you make your way up.

“Continue to bring snowshoes and trail crampons on all hikes and wear seasonally appropriate clothing and gear, including waterproof boots, gaiters and moisture-wicking layers,” a DEC press release said. “Pack extra wool socks, face protection and warm, waterproof layers to protect against exposed conditions.

“Weather can change quickly this time of year, especially as you move from trailheads to higher elevations. Temperatures can drop by more than ten degrees and rain, sleet, and snow may occur near summits. If conditions worsen, turn around and complete the hike another day.”

To avoid spreading the coronavirus, the DEC recommends hiking less-used trails and staying 6 feet away from members in your party.

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