Landowners and managers are at the ready, prepared to evaluate potential storm damage and reduce long-term effects. However, trail users can help make sure rain damage is minimized by understanding wet trail conditions and abiding by closures to the trail system.
Once trails re-open, visitors can further help avoid damage by avoiding muddy spots. If a trail is mostly dry with only a couple of wet areas, landowners will usually open that trail to visitors. Also, if a trail is dry enough for foot traffic, the landowners may determine that it is not yet dry enough for mountain bike riders or equestrians. The tire track and horse hooves could leave more of an impression on a damp trail than individual footfalls.
After each rain, trails are assessed by landowners and trained trail personnel to evaluate the path’s ability to handle traffic. Trails are re-opened as soon as possible, and activities resume. Just remember that the rain is good for the land, and letting the trails dry is good for the long-term health of the trail system.