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Vail Valley hiking trails still muddy, snowy

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Hikers should prepare themselves for conditions on hiking trails that vary dramatically this spring, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

From 8,000 to 10,000 feet, hikers should expect previously snow-packed trails to be melting and muddy, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Above 10,000 feet, snow remains, making trails difficult to follow. Trails above 11,000 feet will require equipment, such as crampons and snowshoes, the Sheriff’s Office said.

People who plan to hike also should be aware of avalanche conditions.

All hikers should communicate their plans in advance and stick to them so that they can be located in an emergency. Hikers should also carry appropriate overnight gear and extra food, water and clothing.

Hikers should write down their plans and put them in an envelope in their vehicle at the trailhead if they need to be found, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Also, anybody planning to build a fire below 7,000 feet should be careful not to let it get out of control, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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