Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 9/13/19

The weather looks fair and sunny for Friday and Sunday. Saturday has a chance of showers in the forecast. Low temperatures reaching the low to mid 50s, highs in the high 60s to mid 70s.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 69. Friday night, clouds moving in with a low around 52. Saturday, high near 71, a chance of showers after 7am. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Saturday night, a slight chance of showers, mostly cloudy with a low around 56. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 76. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low around 56. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: Catskill Center is pleased to be presenting the 4th Annual Taking Flight Conference with the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). An annual birding event for birders of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Taking Flight begins today Friday, September 13th and goes throughout the weekend. Join a bird walk or attend NYSOA’s annual meeting at the Best Western in Kingston, NY! More information and to sign up visit this link.

Join us for Catskill Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala next Saturday. September 21st. Happening in Arkville, NY, this year there will be a historic train ride, live music, food, and drink at the Union Grove Distillery, fireworks and more! Please click here for more information and to sign up.

It’s not too early to be thinking about October! A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve!

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.

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 Hiking 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 hike safe consideration this week.

Prehydrate! Drink plenty of water before starting your hike, and continue drinking frequently (even if not thirsty) early in the hike, especially heading up a mountain. Try to keep up with perspiration and breaking hard. This will make your hike easier by maintaining proper hydration. [Important note: if you run out of water or start to feel ill, it’s a good time to head home.]

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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 9/6/19

Fall may not have officially begun, but evening temperatures are beginning to dip. Expect two nice days with mostly sun this weekend, highs in the upper 60s, lows in the early 50s/high 40s. Prepare for changing temperatures with an extra fleece or lightweight jacket.

Monarch butterflies are on the move this time of year.

Monarch butterflies are on the move this time of year.

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Most water sources should be healthy and running this weekend. Trails should be in excellent condition overall.

It’s suggested that after a day in the woods, you do a “tick check.” Thoroughly scout your arms, legs, body, hairline, and behind the ears for crawling black dots. Use a partner or else a mirror for spots you can’t see. The earlier you catch them, the better!

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, partly sunny with a high near 69. Mild wind gusts 5-8mph. Friday night, a slight chance of showers, a low around 52. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 68. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low around 50. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 69. Sunday night, partly cloudy with an overnight low of 47.

Outdoor Events: Catskill Center is pleased to be presenting the 4th Annual Taking Flight Conference with the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). An annual birding event for birders of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Taking Flight begins one week from today on Friday, September 13th and goes throughout the weekend. Join a bird walk or attend NYSOA’s annual meeting at the Best Western in Kingston, NY. More information and to sign up visit this link.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays now through September 15th. 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.

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.

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.

Be Mindful of Water Ecosystems: Be sure to read the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug spray. Some chemicals in popular brands can be harmful to fragile water ecosystems.

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 Catskills Visitor Center has a new trail sign to commemorate Native Americans of the region.

The Catskills Visitor Center has a new trail sign to commemorate Native Americans of the region.

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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/30/19

This long, holiday weekend is going to be a beautiful time to get outside! Whatever your adventure, the weather, trails, and towns are sure to be in great condition.  

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers came to the Catskills last week to promote responsible recreation throughout the Catskills.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers came to the Catskills last week to promote responsible recreation throughout the Catskills.

 Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Most water sources should be healthy and running this weekend. Pack extra water to be sure. Trails should be in excellent condition overall.

It’s suggested that after a day in the woods, you do a “tick check.” Thoroughly scout your arms, legs, body, hairline, and behind the ears for crawling black dots. Use a partner or else a mirror for spots you can’t see. The earlier you catch them, the better!

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Sunday, a chance of showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday night, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Monday, A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Outdoor Events at the Catskills Visitor Center: Family Day at the Catskills Visitor is happening this Saturday, August 31st from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Bring the whole family for this full day of kid-centered fun in the beautiful Catskill Mountains!

Also this Saturday, an event you will surely not want to miss, The Lighting of the Catskills Fire Towers will be taking place atop the five Catskill Mountains will fire towers. An annual event, designed to promote the history and culture surrounding this unique history. Hike a mountain, and see something truly special! This is happening from 9pm to 9:30pm.

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.

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.

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.

Be Mindful of Water Ecosystems: Be sure to read the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug spray. Some chemicals in popular brands can be harmful to fragile water ecosystems.

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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/23/19

The weather this weekend in the Catskills should be lovely, no air conditioning required. Dry temperatures are headed to the region especially for Friday and Saturday, highs ranging in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

On the trail heading towards Inspiration Point

On the trail heading towards Inspiration Point

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Most water sources should be healthy and running this weekend. Pack extra water if you’re unsure!

It’s suggested that after a day in the woods, you do a “tick check.” Throughly scout your arms, legs, body, hairline, and behind the ears for crawling black dots. Use a partner or else a mirror for spots you can’t see. The earlier you catch them, the better!

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, mostly sunny with a high near 77. Friday night, low around 50, clear with light wind. Saturday, sunny with a high near 76. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low around 51. Sunday, mostly sunny and then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon, high near 74. Sunday night, a chance of showers before 8pm. Low of 52. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Outdoor Events at the Catskills Visitor Center: The Visitor Center in Mt. Tremper, NY is hosting the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers on Monday, August 26th from 1-4:30 for a public Authority of the Resource workshop. Learn all about speaking to others diplomatically about leave no trace principles. Free and open to everyone.

For our last summer session of Catskill Mountain Kids (CMK), the Visitor Center is monitoring stream health at the Esopus Creek on Thursday morning, August 29th from 11-12. Come to see the living creatures in a stream and learn all about water quality! Geared to kids 4-8, all are welcome to attend. CMK will resume in the fall!

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.

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.

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.

Be Mindful of Water Ecosystems: Be sure to read the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug spray. Some chemicals in popular brands can be harmful to fragile water ecosystems.

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: Selina Guendel

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.

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

Photo credit: Lou Berrios