Treman State Park. Kelsey O'Connor/Ithaca Voice

ITHACA, N.Y. — If you’re thinking of taking a hike this weekend, the Ithaca Fire Department is warning the community to be cautious. Slippery trails make spring a dangerous time to be near the gorges.

In a news release Thursday, the Ithaca Fire Department reminded the community to be cautious if hiking this weekend. With so much rain lately, and more on the way, trails are extremely slick and unstable.

“It is one of the most dangerous times of year to be near our gorges,” the Ithaca Fire Department said.

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Some trails will remain closed until they can be serviced and officially opened.

Local waterways are also still “bitterly cold” and should be avoided, as they can be deadly, the IFD says. Hikers are advised to stay in safe, designated, open areas and bring a partner. People should always be mindful of where they are and carry a cellphone in case of emergency.

If someone does fall in, Lt. Tom Basher of the IFD says, “Stay calm, try and find a safe way out. If you can’t call for help with your phone and describe the best you can your location. (Where you entered the trail, landmarks, sounds, thinks you can see.) If you lost your phone in the fall….yell for help.”

Featured image: Treman State Park. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.