Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 12/12/2017

A winter storm is moving into the Catskills tonight, spreading snow across the region. An inch of snow is expected across the region by Tuesday morning. Snow is expected throughout the day on Tuesday, with a total accumulation of 4 to 6 inches of snow across the Catskills. It is likely that there will be higher snow accumulations at higher elevations across the region, with the greatest amounts on mountain summits.

There may be some mixing in of sleet rain throughout the day, but the majority of the precipitation across the mountains is expected to be snow.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s on Tuesday. Following the storm, temperatures are expected to drop to make for a cold remainder of the week. Expect a low in the teens on Tuesday night, followed by a high in the low 20s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with lows each night in the low teens or possibly in the higher single digits.

Seasonal roads will not be plowed and the Platte Clove Mountain Road is now closed. It is unlikely that all trailhead parking areas will cleared tomorrow and some may be difficult to reach.

Trails will be generally snow covered with several inches of snow across the Catskill Park. It is unlikely that snowshoes will be needed at all but the highest elevations, but traction devices will be needed as the snow gets packed down on trails, especially in areas where ice was already forming. Following tomorrow's snow, there is a potential for up to a foot of snow on the summits of Catskill peaks (following this past Saturday's snowfall).

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 12/9/2017

A snow storm today has left anywhere from a few inches to more than 6 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the highest amounts at the highest terrain. The storm is expected to finish overnight and Sunday should be mostly to partly cloudy and cold.

Seasonal roads will not be plowed and the Platte Clove Mountain Road is closed. It is unlikely that all trailhead parking areas will cleared tomorrow and some may be difficult to reach.

Trails will be generally snow covered with several inches of snow across the Catskill Park. It is unlikely that snowshoes will be needed, but traction devices will be needed as the snow gets packed down on trails, especially in areas where ice was already forming.

 

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 12/7/2017

Forecast: The weekend is looking to be seasonable cool, with snow showers and flurries across the Catskills with the potential for heavier snow Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning depending upon the track of a coastal storm. 

Look for mostly sunny conditions on Friday with a high around freezing (32) and a low Friday night in the low 20s. Saturday will start off partly cloudy and the chance for snow showers and snow increases into the afternoon and evening. The high should be in the low 30s and the low Saturday night should be in the low 20s. There is a chance of snow showers and potentially heavier snow throughout Saturday night into Sunday with an accumulation of few inches of snow. Sunday will be the colder day of the weekend with a high in the upper 20s and snow showers throughout the morning. Sunday afternoon may see some clearing and partly cloudy conditions by the evening.

Stay alert to changing weather conditions! The storm bringing snow showers to the region over the weekend has the potential to bring more snow to the region with small changes to its track. Be prepared for winter conditions in the Catskills this weekend!

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads and their access roads remain open. The Platte Clove Mountain Road has officially closed for the season, but is not currently gated.

Trail Conditions: The mountains saw variable temperatures and some rain over the last week. At the highest elevations, ice has started to build up. Traction devices should always be carried, due to icy conditions at higher elevations. Snow depths, where they exist are insignificant throughout the mountains and there is no need for snowshoes. Expect trails to be generally dry, with ice and limited snow present at higher elevations. 

Springs and streams are generally running throughout the Catskills. Remember to treat all surface waters before drinking.

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.

Hunting Season: Rifle season for deer hunting runs through December 10th (Sunday). There are also seasons for turkey, bear, bobcat and other small mammals. For all the details about hunting seasons, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a website with extensive seasonal information on all of the different hunting seasons, their geographic areas and additional information for both hunters and those who wish to recreate during the fall hunting season. Hikers, walkers and anyone planning on being in the woods who is not a hunter, should always be aware of the hunting regulations in the area where they are recreating and should always wear blaze orange during hunting seasons to reduce the risk of any incidents. Don’t forget to watch your pets too! Dogs should be wearing blaze orange when they are in the woods with you during hunting seasons and should always remain under your control to avoid incidents.

For More Information: Be sure to stop and 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 and trail maps and guides are available in the gift shop.

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 12/1/2017

Forecast: The weekend is looking to be relatively cold, but dry across the Catskills. Look for sunny to partly cloudy conditions all weekend across the mountains. Highs both days should be in the 30s to the low 40s (with colder temperatures on mountain summits). Lows should be in the upper 20s (with colder temperatures on the mountain summits).

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads and their access roads remain open. The Platte Clove Mountain Road has officially closed for the season, but is not currently gated.

Trail Conditions: The mountains saw some snow and rain over the last week. At the highest elevations, ice has started to build up. Traction devices should always be carried, due to icy conditions at higher elevations. Snow depths, where they exist are insignificant throughout the mountains and there is no need for snowshoes. Expect trails to be generally wet and muddy, with ice and limited snow at higher elevations. To reduce trail erosion, walk in the middle of the trail, through wet or muddy areas, instead of walking around those areas.

Springs and streams are generally running throughout the Catskills. Remember to treat all surface waters before drinking.

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.

Hunting Season: Rifle season for deer hunting runs through December 10th . There are also seasons for turkey, bear, bobcat and other small mammals. For all the details about hunting seasons, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a website with extensive seasonal information on all of the different hunting seasons, their geographic areas and additional information for both hunters and those who wish to recreate during the fall hunting season. Hikers, walkers and anyone planning on being in the woods who is not a hunter, should always be aware of the hunting regulations in the area where they are recreating and should always wear blaze orange during hunting seasons to reduce the risk of any incidents. Don’t forget to watch your pets too! Dogs should be wearing blaze orange when they are in the woods with you during hunting seasons and should always remain under your control to avoid incidents.

For More Information: Be sure to stop and 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 and trail maps and guides are available in the gift shop.

Catskill Trail Conditions for the Weekend of November 25, 2017

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 11/23/2017

Forecast: The holiday weekend is looking to be relatively cold across the Catskills with a chance for showers and snow showers on Saturday afternoon and evening. Look for a generally sunny Friday, with a clear and cold Friday night. Saturday should be mostly cloudy, with an increasing chance for showers and snow showers later in the day and overnight. Sunday should be partly cloudy. Highs on Friday and Saturday should be in the lows 40s in the valleys and in the 30s on the summits. Highs on Sunday are expected to be lower, with highs only in the low 30s. Low temperatures Friday and Saturday night are expected to be around freezing at lower elevations and colder towards the summits.

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads and their access roads remain open. The Platte Clove Mountain Road has officially closed for the season.

Trail Conditions: The mountains have seen some snow and rain over the last week. Ice has started to build up due to colder temperatures at the higher elevations in some areas. Traction devices should always be carried, due to icy conditions at higher elevations. Snow depths are insignificant throughout the mountains and there is no need for snowshoes. Expect trails to be generally wet and muddy, with ice and limited snow at higher elevations. To reduce trail erosion, walk in the middle of the trail, through wet or muddy areas, instead of walking around those areas.

Springs and streams are generally running throughout the Catskills. Remember to treat all surface waters before drinking.

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.

Hunting Season: Rifle season for deer hunting runs through December 10th . There are also seasons for turkey, bear, bobcat and other small mammals. For all the details about hunting seasons, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a website with extensive seasonal information on all of the different hunting seasons, their geographic areas and additional information for both hunters and those who wish to recreate during the fall hunting season. Hikers, walkers and anyone planning on being in the woods who is not a hunter, should always be aware of the hunting regulations in the area where they are recreating and should always wear blaze orange during hunting seasons to reduce the risk of any incidents. Don’t forget to watch your pets too! Dogs should be wearing blaze orange when they are in the woods with you during hunting seasons and should always remain under your control to avoid incidents.

For More Information: Be sure to stop and 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 and trail maps and guides are available in the gift shop.


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