Skiing and Snowshoeing in the ArboretumTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
The snow has arrived—with a vengeance, and the Arboretum is prepared for snow and the skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking season.
We have designated more than 10 miles of ski trails for winter 2010-2011. Winter hiking and snowshoeing is permitted on Arboretum trails unless otherwise posted in the field. The official ski map is posted in the Visitor Center and at trailheads.
Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand our winter trail use policy and the reasons for it:
Where can I ski?
Skiing is permitted on designated routes as marked on the official ski map. Routes are marked in the field with “ski” and “not a ski trail” signs. Skiing is permitted in Longenecker Gardens on marked trails only—follow the yellow-tipped stakes. We do not groom the ski trails, and they are multi-use.
Where can I snowshoe?
Snowshoeing is permitted on trails only. In Longenecker Gardens, snowshoeing is permitted on marked trails only—follow the black and yellow-tipped stakes. Do not go off trail, because compacted snow and ice damages plants, even in winter.
Where can I hike?
Hiking is permitted on trails only. Hikers may use ski trails or footpaths marked with poetry sticks or international hiker signs. To protect our restorations, do not hike off trail.
Why are some trails closed this year?
Several trails are closed because of hazardous conditions or conditions that change often (with storm water runoff, for example). Sensitive restoration areas or newly seeded areas are also off limits to skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. For your safety and to protect our restorations, use only designated and marked trails.
What are those “poetry sticks” blocking trails?
The poetry sticks mark narrow and/or sensitive trails that are closed to skiing, but open to hiking. Thanks to the assistant rangers for creating winter poetry!
Enjoy winter at the Arboretum—and thank you for observing our trail use policy and using the approved trails.