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Old 03-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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As others have said, the snow cover tends to minimize snowmobile impacts. If you walk down any trail that is a designated snowmobile trail (and used as a hiking trail) in the summer, you'll find very little worn tread. Many snowmobile trails are in better shape even than hiking trails, with less impacts on the soil.

In contrast, ATV trails quickly become rutted, muddy messes. I've been on some trails in the Adirondacks that had been destroyed by ATV use.

Bicycles are banned for the same reason in Wilderness areas. While a bikes impact isn't as bad as an ATV, the mechanical advantage is still enough that bikes can cause significant impacts in the backcountry, so like snowmobiles, they are relegated to Wild Forest areas.
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