La Crosse hiking trails close during spring thaw

Trails become more easily damaged during thaw

The warmer than average temperatures are negatively impacting some of La Crosse’s hiking trails.

Many of the trails will remain closed for the next several weeks as the area begins to thaw for spring. According to the La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, the ground freezes during the night and thaws during the warmer days resulting in muddy trails that are more easily damaged.

Department officials say the closures are for the benefit of the whole community.

“Trail closure in the Spring time is all because of we want to invest our money in building new trails, not just repairing our trails every single summertime,” said La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Forest management Coordinator Sunshine Love.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department says any footprints left in a muddy trail can lead to erosion.
Department officials ask that hikers obey any closed trail signs.