MILLINOCKET — Spring’s early arrival in Maine has hikers headed outdoors, but officials at Baxter State Park say winter is still lingering on Mount Katahdin.

Baxter park rangers who’ve been checking trails on Maine’s highest mountain say that as of Monday, there was still a foot or more of snow on parts of the treeless alpine tundra below Baxter Peak known as the Tableland.

Park Director Jensen Bissell says the alpine tundra is very soft and wet while the snow melts, and hiking traffic can cause a lot of damage to that fragile area.

There are still several feet of snow in the Saddle and Cathedral Trails on the north side of Katahdin.

Bissell says he hopes conditions will allow Katahdin trails to be open before Memorial Day weekend.

For more information, go to the Baxter State Park website at www.baxterstateparkauthority.com