Mud season vermont
Early mud season in Cambridge.

Dirt roads in Vermont can be tricky to navigate during mud season. As soon as the spring thaw arrives, these otherwise sturdy roads become a bit soft and rutty.

Mud season falls between late winter and early spring, and it’s sometimes called Vermont’s fifth season (there’s also stick season in late fall). I’ve only driven on a handful of dirt roads over the past couple of weeks, and most have been pretty easy to travel.

Sooner or later though, I’m sure I’ll come across one that is somewhat challenging. When this happens, I’ll take a deep breath and resist fighting the ruts. Eventually, they’ll take me where I want to go.

11 Comments

  • Cara Erica…..

    WONDERFUL PHOTO…even if the roads are a little muddy……( the water form the snow will nourish the grounds for spring…)

    Have a hapy and sunny weekend!
    ciao ciao elvira

  • Erin — Isn’t it? I am envious of people who can see this from their front porches!

    LC — You are correct. The one and only Mount Mansfield.

    Elvira — You’re right – a little mud isn’t so bad when you have a view like that.

    Thanks Matt! I love how Mansfield has so many points of view and looks different from every angle.

  • Erica: I’ve skied Stratton for 40 years, my dad has been a ski patrolman there for 44. My parents have a house on the “Road to Millbrook”, just off of French Hollow Road, which in turn is just off Rt 30 on the way to Winhall. This past weekend was spectacular, with the US Open Snowboarding Championship and the phenomenal spring conditions. Are you and Matthew related? Don’t laugh; I’m always the last to be let in on these kind of things.

  • Baydog — Stratton is one of my favorite mountains, and the US Open is always so much fun. I know French Hollow Road — what a great location for a ski house!

    Yes, Matt is my brother. You are hardly the last to know – I’ve actually been wondering if anyone would ever ask.

    Anyway, great to hear from you. I started following 829SouthDrive. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  • Hey Ril, love this photo. Whenever I talk about “mudseason” in Massachusetts, people look at me as if I’m trying to be cute. It really is a season, and actually Massachusetts is experiencing something similar this year with its “rain season.”

  • Hi Margs — That’s so funny. I was on a dirt road over the weekend and had to stop and turn around because I was sure the car was going to bottom out and get stuck.

    I can’t believe how much rain you guys are getting! Kind of like monsoon season in New England.

  • Wow, I am not used to seeing Vermont with that little of snow! :) I have a friend from the area that I visit every year and we head up to the slope atleast once while I’m there. I just picked up a new Avalanche Beacon. It’s the Pieps Dsp and I love it! If you havn’t heard of it you should give it a try.

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