Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Warm, But Wet & MUD!

Well, warm and wet appears to be the mix for today.
Seeing as yesterday started with a coating of ice and snow on every surface, this would seem to be more of a Spring seasonal improvement..

A truly hearty New England gardener would make the most of the combination.


The tread surface is muddy.
Even if this means going through puddles and mud.
Trying to edge around the puddles and mud only expand the width of trail, the size of the puddles, and the extent of the mud.
In essence, embrace the mud, preserve the trail and the forest!
It is counter intuitive to accept the wet and the mud, but it is the right thing to do, honest. But don't take our word for it.
Vermont is FAMOUS for their mud.
The Green Mountain Club, who is the oldest long distance trail group out there, and maintains a trail that runs from Mass. to Quebec, knows their trail and knows their mud.
It is from them that we take our trail management mud lessons.
They even close whole series of trails down in mud season, it gets that bad in parts up there!

Ted reported in from the AT and has completed more than 300 miles thus far!

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 8:00 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 36.1 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 98& and steady;
Pressure is 29.85" of Hg and falling;
Skies are overcast and it is misting;
There is movement of wind but nothing registering in mph;
The Cascades are running;
The Cascades Brook is running in both channels;
The Fore Danger Class is LOW.

National Weather Service Forecast:

A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm.
Patchy fog before 2pm.
Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 54.
Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 40%.
New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

No comments: