Adirondack_High_PeaksADIRONDACK DAILY ENTERPRISE: The [New York] Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers to stay off trails above 3,000 feet for a few weeks to prevent erosion and potentially dangerous situations.

Trails at this time of the year are often muddy, leaving thin soil and vegetation at high elevations, vulnerable to erosion. Hikers are also more likely to slip and injure themselves on steep, wet and muddy trails.

The DEC specifically mentioned all trails above 3,000 feet in the Dix, Giant and High Peaks wildernesses as ones to avoid. (READ MORE)