Matt Sutkoski
Burlington Free Press
May 22, 2008

There’s nothing like a little fresh snow and lots of old mud to liven up an early summer hike.

Which is exactly what people are likely to find near the peaks of Vermont’s higher mountains this Memorial Day weekend, due to the snowy winter and some fresh flurries this week.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, 18 inches of snow remained on the ground near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. The snow cover includes some of the 3.5 inches of fresh fluff that descended on the mountaintop Monday. More light snow is likely over northern Vermont summits today and Thursday, the National Weather Service in South Burlington said.

The state shuts down hiking trails leading to high mountain summits such as Camels Hump and Mount Mansfield in April and reopens them on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The closures prevent foot traffic that can damage sensitive alpine plants during mud season.

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