The Spring Creek Trail on Emerald Mountain will open this weekend for recreational use, weather permitting. Some trails in that area may remain closed, as they are still too wet and muddy. People recreating in the area should use good judgment, and respect the trail closures, to prevent unnecessary damage. Steamboat has limited resources to deal with trail maintenance, and funds are stretched thin when damage happens from improper trail etiquette. Trail etiquette tips are available below.
Trail Etiquette Tips
• Use authorized trails only.
• Stay on the existing single track of the trails. Walking on the sides of muddy trails creates trail widening, braiding and additional negative impacts.
• Stay off of all wet and muddy trails to minimize damage. If mud is sticking to your shoes, tires or animals then it is too muddy.
• Educate yourself and your friends. Friends don’t let friends use muddy trails.