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La Crosse trails temporarily closed

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry temporarily closed area trails due to the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle.

Hixon Forest, Upper Hixon Forest, Marsh Trails and Mathy Tract are all closed for the next several weeks.

The city allocates the trail funds toward developing and enhancing the trails and prefer not to spend them on expensive trail repairs.

The closures are also meant to keep people safe. These trails can be dangerously slick, with ice possibly hidden underneath the surface of the trail.

The parks department usually closes the trails for about 30 days and will be watching conditions closely over the next couple weeks.

"I would anticipate -- right now we're pretty solidly on a two-week schedule, just with the amount of snow and ice pack that we have -- that you won't see them opening in the next two weeks," said Leah Burns, recreation coordinator for La Crosse City Parks Department. 

There's no opening date set for the trails and the parks department will let the public know when they are ready to be walked on again.

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