Trail Update January 24, 2020
Presently, we’re seeing a mix of snow and rain and temperatures in the mid-30’s. Snowshoes may work better than cross country skis; the snow is likely too warm for skis to glide. Join us Friday night for our Candle-lit Hike! Due to expected snowfall, the Riveredge Visitor’s Center will be open for snowshoe rental Saturday 1/25 from 9:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 1/26 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Bring your skis and snowshoes (or rent snowshoes from Riveredge – free to all access members and explore!
Winter provides exciting exploration opportunities, as some of the vulnerable trail areas that are otherwise off-limits to foot trafffic are able to be explored once the ground is frozen (see trail map below). We ask that anyone wearing boots or snowshoes walk on either side of identified ski trails in wintertime. Our trails are plenty wide, offering space for everyone to explore in their preferred manner. Trail conditions are checked by Riveredge staff on a regular basis. Consult the Visitor’s Center for suggested trails and current snow conditions.
Checking out Snowshoes
At Riveredge, snowshoes are free for All Access Members to checkout for use on the Riveredge property and are able to be checked out when we have in excess of 6 inches of new fluffy snow or 4 inches of packed snow. Without sufficient snow, snowshoes will be damaged by digging into the gravel beneath the snow (plus it would probably be easier in boots anyway). Snowshoes are checked out on a first come, first served basis, and can be reserved ahead of time for events. Please affix snowshoes to your boots outside at the head of the trail; do not walk in snowshoes indoors or on brick, gravel, or wooden structures such as the back deck as this damages both the surface and the snowshoes. Snowshoes are available for checkout and must be returned before the building closes and for special events when the building is open (such as Friday Night Candle-lit Hikes).
Pop Up Hours
The Riveredge Visitor Center is generally closed on Saturdays and Sundays in winter, however if we have a decent snowfall and anticipate people having interest in checking out snowshoes, we will have weekend pop-up hours in the Visitor Center.