Hiking: good conditions. During wet weather, avoid the south portion of the West Side trails (last fall those trails were bulldozed and used to haul logs from a timber sale).
Grasses: knee high, waist high, and chest high. Be sure to look at the map in the mowing report (below).
Biking: most trails are fairly firm - although the East Side trails are always damp and soft if you venture to the Far East. When biking this summer, please avoid the south half of the West Side of the trail system - we have plans to spread grass seed on the many bare trails involved in last summer's logging operation.
Insects: keep the bug juice handy, and bring a hat to discourage the deer flies.
Red pine timber sale (north of the warming house) will be logged later this summer.
Look at the 'Mowing Report' and the map of mowed trails to find the trails the loggers will be using.
April 25: wet flurries
To help you find your way around the Blue Hills Trail, we have created georeferenced maps of the Blue Hills Trail that are FREE and available to use through the Avenza Maps app on your smart phones. This technology utilizes satellite GPS signals to display your real-time location within the trail system. If you consider yourself somewhat directionally challenged while navigating the great outdoors - or you just enjoy the latest technology - give it a try on our trail system.
"Avenza Maps is a powerful offline map viewer with a connected in-app Map Store to find, purchase and download professionally created maps for a wide variety of uses including hiking, cycling, camping, outdoor recreation, and adventure traveling. Free for recreational use, just pay for maps or download free ones."
NOTE: while using Avenza Maps on your phone, location services will be active and using significant battery power to track you. To help preserve your battery power, turn on airplane mode and close the Avenza Maps app when not using it. Remember to download the app and map before leaving cell reception!
To begin using Avenza Maps and to use the two Blue Hills Trail maps:
You can find your downloaded maps by tapping on the 'My Maps' icon. You can also track yourself with the Avenza Maps App, which is especially useful if you're new to the trail system.
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