Natural-surfaced trails in La Crosse Bluffland system to close temporarily to avoid spring damage

Hixon Forest
(Nature Connections photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Natural-surfaced trails in the Bluffland Trail System in La Crosse will be closed temporarily at 10 p.m. Monday, March 22, to avoid damage from expected rainfall and the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle.
As spring approaches, ground freezes during the night and thaws during warmer days, resulting in wet, muddy trails that are more susceptible to damage, according to a news release from the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.
Footprints and ruts contribute to erosion and rough, bumpy trails that can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Residents are asked to redirect outdoor recreation activities to the city’s paved trails or just explore their neighborhoods when the natural trails are closed.
Closed trails are in Hixon Forest, Upper Hixon Forest, The Gateway, Mathy, Hass and Dobson Tract.
Paved/gravel trails that are open include La Crosse River Marsh, Pammel Creek, Bud Hendrickson, Chad Erickson Park Trail, VIP/Green Island/Houska Trail and the Pettibone Park Lagoon Trail.
Trail users can check these two websites for announcements on trail conditions and the status of open/closed trails: