The Mantario Trail has been closed for months, and it will be weeks before it opens again.

Snow damaged the popular 63-kilometre hiking route in October, leaving uprooted and snapped trees all over the trail.

Manitoba Conservation’s Don Hallett said crews that would normally be used to clean up the trail are busy fighting fires.

Hallett said he hopes everyone will stay off the trail until it’s cleared.

"We are fearful that they could end up lost out there," he said. "With the amount of trees down and signage down, it’s so easy to get disoriented."

Hallett said it will be at least another two or three weeks until the trail is opened to hikers.

The Mantario Trail runs through southeastern Manitoba and stretches into a portion of Ontario.