Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 2/16/2018

After this week's warm up, there is still a snowpack at higher elevations. Snowshoes may be needed at higher elevations due to a deepening snowpack, but due to extensive ice that has formed on trails, crampons are likely to be needed on most trails.

Forecast: Following showers during the day, cold weather is forecast to move back into the Catskills Friday evening, continuing Sunday morning. Temperatures will top out around 40 on Friday. Temperatures will drop into the low teens overnight on Friday with the chance for some snow flurries. Saturday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a high temperature around the freezing point. Snow will move into the region Saturday evening, with the potential for a few inches of accumulation.  The low is expected to be in the lower 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high around 40 degrees.

Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of snow and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from a a few inches in the valleys to more than a foot at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas. The use of snowshoes is warranted at higher elevations and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). 

WINTER HIKING TIPS

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). 

Trail Conditions: This past week's cold temperatures and snow storm have re-established snow depths and allowed the continued growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from a few inches at the lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Crampons should always be carried and will likely be required along many trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used to avoid post-holing. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should be used.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current 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 also provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions at the CIC in Mount Tremper, NY.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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


For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 2/9/2018

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After this week's snow, expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes will be needed at higher elevations due to a deepening snowpack. Extensive ice has formed on most trails, which the snow now hides, creating potentially hazardous conditions. Crampons should be worn on most trails where snow is not deep enough for snowshoes due to these icy conditions.

Wednesday's snowstorm left 8-10 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the most at the highest elevations. Some areas saw sleet and snow, which reduced snow totals, but created icy conditions on top of the snow.

Forecast: Snow is forecast to move back into the Catskills Friday afternoon, continuing throughout the evening and into the night. Temperatures will hover around 20 degrees all day. Snow accumulations are expected to be around an inch. Temperatures will begin to warm up overnight with snow expected to continue into Saturday before turning into a wintry mix and then rain by the afternoon. Temperatures on Saturday should top out in the upper 30s. Rain will continue overnight on Saturday with a low around 35 degrees and then into Sunday, where temperatures will be in the mid 40s. The rain will move out by Sunday night and the area will see clearing. Expect a low in the mid-20s on Sunday night.

Warning: This will be a wet, relatively cold weekend. Temperatures will be above freezing, but the rainy, cold conditions can quickly get hikers wet and hypothermia is always a danger in situations like this. Wear layers and ensure you stay dry. If you do become wet, change into dry clothes, or end your hike early if you do not have extra clothing.

Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of snow and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from a a few inches in the valleys to more than a foot at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas. The use of snowshoes is warranted at higher elevations and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). 

WINTER HIKING TIPS

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). 

Trail Conditions: This past week's cold temperatures and snow storm have re-established snow depths and allowed the continued growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from a few inches at the lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Crampons should always be carried and will likely be required along many trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used to avoid post-holing. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should be used.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current 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 also provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions at the CIC in Mount Tremper, NY.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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


For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.

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Snow Update - 2/7/2018

Today's storm is forecast to leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskill Mountains. Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes will be needed as the snow deepens today. Extensive ice has formed on most trails, which the new snow will now hide, creating hazardous conditions.

It is expected that today's storm will leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the highest accumulations on mountain summits. This is on top of 4-12 inches that was already on the ground from past storms.

Road conditions are generally poor across the region today, as are trailhead conditions. It is unlikely that trailheads will be plowed today and it may be a day or two before all trailheads are accessible.

Prepare properly for your winter hike.

Expect Winter Conditions: Following today's storm, snow depths will exceed 12 inches in most area, with even more snow depth at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas (of which there are many). Those icy areas have increased dramatically since the thaw, melt and freeze cycles of the last few weeks.

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


For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 2/2/2018

While there is little snow across the region, traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, as there are extensive areas of ice on the majority of trails. These icy areas will require traction devices to safely traverse. Sunday offers the potential for more snowfall and snowshoes may prove useful.

A quickly moving storm left an inch or two of snow across the Catskills last night. Most snowpack, except for the highest elevations has previously melted. The biggest concern about last night's snowfall is that it has covered many icy areas along trails. Be aware that there are significant areas of ice on most trails and today's new snow will make it harder to observe that ice. Wear traction devices. Snow is in the forecast for Saturday night through Sunday evening with a potential for 6 to 8 inches of total accumulation. Be aware of the forecast and current weather conditions. Roads and trailhead conditions may change quickly on Sunday.

Forecast: The cold and snow are moving back into the Catskills! Friday's high will be in the morning and will be around 15 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will drop throughout the day with the lows on Friday night in the low single digits above zero. Winds will also increase, with a steady 10-20mph wind and gusts over 30mph. Wind chill values will be well below zero. Saturday will be a partly sunny, blustery, cold day with highs in the low 20s and lows in the upper teens. Snow will move into the region late Saturday night with snow becoming more widespread into Sunday. Sunday will snow all day, with a high temperatures near freezing and a low Sunday night around 20 degrees. Sunday's snowstorm offers the potential for at least 6 inches of new snow across the region. It is likely that road and trailhead conditions on Sunday during the snowstorm will be variable and not all trailhead parking areas will be plowed until Monday.

Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from a dusting at lower elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions on Sunday with the potential for significant snowfall by the end of the day. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas. Snowshoes may be needed on Sunday as snow depths increase.

WINTER HIKING TIPS

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). 

Trail Conditions: The rain and thaw earlier and then the recent cold temperatures have fostered the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from no snow at the lowest elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. Significant ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried and will likely be required along all trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should be used.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current 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 also provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions at the CIC in Mount Tremper, NY.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 1/26/2018

While the majority of snow has melted across the region, traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, as there are extensive areas of ice on all trails that will require traction devices to safely traverse. 

Forecast: Friday's high will be around freezing with sunny skies. The low Friday night will be in the 20s. Saturday will be a sunny, breezy day with highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 30s. Rain will move into the region Saturday night with showers continuing into Sunday. Sunday will see clouds and rain showers, with high temperatures in the upper 30s and a low Sunday night in the 20s. 

Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of ice are present throughout the Catskills a. Snow depths range from 0 inches at lower elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions on Sunday. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas. 

WINTER HIKING TIPS

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). 

Trail Conditions: The rain and thaw earlier and then the recent cold temperatures have fostered the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from no snow at the lowest elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. Significant ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried and will likely be required along all trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should be used.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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


For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.

Most Recent Trail Update | NYSDEC Catskill Backcountry Info | Ski the Catskills | Gift Shop