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Waiting for summer

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

The thermometer has already hit the 70-degree mark this year. The hiking and mountain biking trails are calling.

But before you shove your feet into hiking boots, or slap on a pair of bike shorts, consider that Mother Nature isn’t quite ready for summer yet.

Several trails are still closed for elk migration and calving season. Wildlife officials will tell you that humans can stress wildlife, especially during this critical times. And as frustrating as it may be, we all need to stay off of those trails until they are open, not until the beginning of July in most cases.

The trails that are closed until July 1 are Eastern Hillside near Eagle-Vail, Whiskey Creek near Minturn, the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, including a large section of the Two Elk Trail. Paulie’s Plunge and Paulie’s Sister in Beaver Creek are closed until June 30. The North Trail, and the Son of Middle Creek Trail in Vail are closed until June 15.

That still leaves plenty of trails open now, but tread lightly. Forest Service officials warn that hiking and riding in muddy trails is not only messy for you, but bad for the trails, too. Footprints and bike tires can lead to deep groves that attract water and rut up the trails even more.

Maybe now is a good time to book that rafting trips.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

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