Spring has arrived to many places in the country, but here on the North Shore it hasn’t arrived yet! Hikers expecting normal spring hiking conditions or even normal winter hiking conditions may be unpleasantly surprised by the amount of ice on the trail. Below are some pictures of what to expect on the trail in April:
There are only three months of the year when SHTA does not offer Guided Hikes: November, due to hunting seasons; December, due to busy schedules; and April, due to generally terrible and unreliable trail conditions.
Every year is different along the trail, and every year’s spring comes to different sections at slightly different times. However, April remains a consistently difficult month for hiking. If you are intent on hiking the trail in April, come prepared for extremely icy conditions and plan to go fewer miles than you think you should go. Bring your traction devices for your boots and be prepared to bail if conditions are too treacherous.
We are all anxious to get back on the trail as soon as we can — but please stay safe and make thoughtful decisions about when and where to begin your spring hiking season.