Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hazards remain at Grandfather Mountain

Although the 12-mile trail network has reopened at Grandfather Mountain State Park, rangers warn that extremely hazardous conditions remain in the park’s backcountry area, according to a press release from the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Downed trees and debris remain on some sections of trail, and at higher elevations, ice and snow remain with drifts up to four feet deep. More than 81 inches of snow has been recorded on the mountain this winter. Trails could be dangerous when hiking through debris and on ice, and trail markers on rock faces may not be visible, making navigation difficult.

Due to conditions on Grandfather Mountain, hikers should allow extra time to complete the selected hike.

In spring, the weather can change quickly, and hikers should be prepared for winter conditions. Hikers should carry a pack with essential gear including water, extra socks, hat, gloves, rain protection, extra food, a flashlight and basic first aid supplies. Hiking boots are necessary, and proper clothing includes layers of insulating and moisture-wicking synthetic fiber.

For more information on hiking at Grandfather Mountain State Park, please click here.

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