Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/15/19

Variable weather with potential thunderstorms this weekend means it’s a good idea to pack an extra dry layer and rain protection if you plan to hike. During predicted thunderstorms, heavy rainfall is also likely. Consider options and contingency plans if you might be on or near summits in the afternoon.

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Trail and Hiker Information: Continue to prepare for the possibility that a water source on a map may be running low or dry this time of year. Plan to pack extra water, especially when it’s humid, to rehydrate! The typical hiker needs about 3-4 liters per day, and more if including water for pets.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Chance of precipitation 30%. High near 78. Friday night, mostly cloudy with a low of 62. Saturday, mostly cloudy with thunderstorms possible after noon. High near 81. Chance of precipitation 50%. Saturday night, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then rain possible overnight. Sunday, scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Sunday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 65, slight chance of overnight showers. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, get out of the way! Prepare for potential lightning and thunderstorms by checking regular weather updates for your area. If you’re near a summit or a ridgeline it is safer to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!

The Catskills Stewards Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

Minimize Our Impact: When camping or using the bathroom be sure to stay 150’ feet from trails or water sources. That’s about 70 adult steps.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo credit: Lou Berrios

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/8/19

A clear, sunny weekend should be in store for the Catskill Park! This time of year, prepare for potential afternoon weather by checking up to date reports and having a contingency plan, and always consider telling someone where you’re going before your hike.

Tread carefully in case of Red Efts! These small orange newts are common on Catskills trails right now.

Tread carefully in case of Red Efts! These small orange newts are common on Catskills trails right now.

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: While the area has seen some rain over the last week, not all water sources in the Catskills are running in the summer. Plan to pack extra water, both for you and for your pets! General rule of thumb for carrying water is 3-4 liters per person per day, and more if counting water for pets.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 79. Friday night, mostly clear with a low around 56. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 75. Saturday night, mostly clear with a low around 52. Sunday, sunny with a high near 79. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low around 57.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Even on sunny days, afternoon mountain weather can be unpredictable. Prepare to leave a summit or ridgeline in the event of an approaching storm.

Even on sunny days, afternoon mountain weather can be unpredictable. Prepare to leave a summit or ridgeline in the event of an approaching storm.

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, get out of the way! Prepare for potential lightning and thunderstorms by checking regular weather updates for your area. If you’re near a summit or a ridgeline it is safer to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!

The Catskills Stewards Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

Plan Ahead and Prepare - Use maps and trail reports to plan your trip carefully. This gives you the ability to reassess your trip if you are getting behind schedule and should resort to contingencies. Share your hiking plan with someone else so that they know when to expect you safely back.

Bear in mind that cell phone service is inconsistent. If you plan to meet friends for your hike, be sure to come up with a meeting plan and time in case there is no cell service in the area.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo credits: Jenny Flavin (red eft), Olivia Bernard (storm clouds)

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/1/19

This weekend will see a mixture of sun and potential rain with temperatures in the low 80s.

Buttermilk Falls in the Peekamoose Riparian Corridor

Buttermilk Falls in the Peekamoose Riparian Corridor

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Some of the main things to be aware of on trails this time of year are protecting your food from wildlife, packing extra water in case a water source is running low, and staying aware of heat and up to date on potential afternoon storms.

Do your best to monitor for things like dehydration and heat stress, both for you and your pets. Drink plenty of water, replenish electrolytes, and use sun protection like UPF clothing and hats to keep your body cool.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 81. Friday night, partly cloudy with a low around 61. Saturday, partly sunny in the morning, a small chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm. A high near 83. Saturday night, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. A low around 61. Sunday, a small chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, high near 83. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low around 55.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!

The Catskills Stewards Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

Respect Wildlife - One of the most important things to be aware of when camping and hiking this and all times of year is the sensitivity of wildlife that calls the forest its home. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your food from animals. If you’re camping overnight, you can do this by bringing a bear canister or hanging a bear bag 200 feet from your campsite (source: NYSDEC 7 Principles of Leave No Trace).

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: Prepare for potential lightning and thunderstorms by checking regular weather updates for your area. If you’re near a summit or a ridgeline, it is safer, for example to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Patrick Miller

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/25/19

The weather should be mostly dry and in the 80s for the coming weekend with a slight chance of showers on Saturday afternoon.

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Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: If you’re relying on a water source or a spring that’s on a map for resupply, be prepared for the possibility that it will be just a trickle, pack extra water with you to be safe and plan to filter any water that you collect.

Even in the summer it’s a good idea to monitor body temperature and carry non-cotton layers. When Catskills towns are in the 80s, it may surprise you when you summit a mountain and it’s 10-20 degrees cooler with a strong breeze. Be aware of how much you're sweating, and if you have on a wet shirt when you get to an exposed summit, consider changing into a dry layer.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, fog before 8am, and then sunny with a high near 83. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 61. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 2pm, mostly sunny with a high near 84. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 86. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low near 64.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!

The Catskills Stewards Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

Know Before You Go - Have you heard of the 4 D's of a good fire? They stand for…

Dead: Only use wood that is dead.

Down: Only gather wood that is already on the ground.

Dinky: As a rule of thumb, use wood that is thinner than your wrist/forearm.

Distant: Travel away from the campsite to lessen your impact on the immediate area where you are camping.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, make sure you are out of the way! Lightning Safety Tips for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Kerry Claire

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/19/19

A heat advisory is in effect for the region this weekend. Take extra care when spending time outdoors to stay hydrated and to minimize exertion.

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Trails and streams are getting drier as we head into the hottest parts of the summer. If you’re relying on a water source or a spring that’s on a map be prepared for the possibility that it will be just a trickle, pack extra water to be safe.

Replacing not only your water but also your electrolytes when hiking in hot weather ensures your body has enough important minerals that are lost from sweating like sodium, potassium, and calcium. Consider picking up some electrolyte replacement tablets at a local outdoor store to put into your water bottle before heading out this weekend.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, mostly sunny and hot with a high of 91. Heat index value closer to 98. Friday night, a low of 73, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7pm and until midnight. Saturday, mostly sunny and hot with a high near 94. Heat index values reaching 104. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low of 74. Sunday, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 2pm. High temperature of 95. Sunday night, mostly cloudy, low of 66.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool this weekend! Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!

The Catskills Stewards Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

Travel on Durable Surfaces - Many footprints can kill plants growing on the side of a trail - yours are one set of hundreds or thousands which can compact soil and prevent seeds from taking root. Especially visiting popular areas, stay on clearly marked trails and avoid following social trails or disturbing trails that have been covered with logs or branches to help them regrow and recover.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, make sure you are out of the way! Lightning Safety Tips for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove on Saturdays and Sundays.

Most Recent Trail Update | NYSDEC Catskill Backcountry Info | CVC Online Gift Shop | Gear Suggestions

Photo by Jeff Senterman