Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 1/19/2018

Expect winter conditions throughout the Catskills this weekend. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, now that there is at least 8" of snow at higher elevations. There are extensive areas of ice on all trails that will require traction devices to safely traverse.

Forecast: Following a quick thaw last week, temperatures dropped across the Catskills this week with a snow storm providing 4-8 inches of new snow across the Catskills this past Tuesday into Thursday. For the weekend expect generally sunny weather with highs in the upper 30s.

Friday's high will be around freezing with sunny skies. The low Friday night will be in the 20s. Saturday will be a sunny day with highs in the upper 30s and lows in the 20s. Sunday will see more clouds, but with high temperatures in the upper 30s and a low Sunday night in the 20s. Snow will start Sunday night and transition into a wintry mix and then likely rain on Monday. 

Expect Winter Conditions: Snow and significant areas of ice are present throughout the Catskills at the highest elevations. Snow depths range from 2 to 12+ inches, the most in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions on Sunday. 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). 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: This past week's cold temperatures and snow storm have maintained snow depths and allowed the 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. Traction devices 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. 

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


Show off your love of the Catskills with a limited edition "For the Love of the Catskills" shirt. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Center!

Show off your love of the Catskills with a limited edition "For the Love of the Catskills" shirt. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Center!


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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Snow Update - 1/17/2018

Today's storm has left 4-8 inches of snow across the Catskill Mountains. Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on most trails. Extensive ice has formed on most trails following the rain last week.

4 to 8 inches of snow fell across the Catskill region overnight, with the greatest accumulations at the highest elevations in the eastern and southern Catskills. 

Road conditions vary widely, as do trailhead conditions. It is unlikely that all trailheads will be plowed today, which could make accessing some of them difficult.

Prepare properly for your winter hike.

Expect Winter Conditions: Following last week's warm temperatures and rain, snow and cold temperatures have returned. Snow and ice are present throughout the Catskills at the highest elevations. Snow depths range from 4 to 12+ inches, the most in 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 and melt last week.

Please refer to the earlier Trail Update for more information.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 1/12/2018

We're experiencing a short January thaw today. Expect a roller coaster of weather and temperatures this weekend. Heavy rain Thursday night and Friday are melting significant quantities of snow across the mountains, leading to localized flooding problems. Temperatures will drop Friday night with snow expected on Saturday and a return to very cold temperatures Saturday night into Sunday. Visitors should be prepared for a large variety of weather and conditions. There still is a significant snowpack on mountain summits and at higher elevations, which will freeze and become very icy by Sunday.

Forecast: Following sub-zero temperatures last week, the temperatures have moderated and snow and ice have been melting across the Catskills. Following Friday's rain, snow will move in for Saturday and on Sunday, high temperatures will struggle to reach 15 degrees.

Friday's high will be in the upper 50s to low 60s across the Catskills with rainfall throughout the day. Overnight rain will slowly transition to freezing rain as temperatures drop. Expect a low of around 23 Friday night. Saturday morning will see freezing rain and sleet transition to snow by early morning as temperatures drop throughout the day. Winds will also pick up and wind chills will likely be below zero by the end of the day Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected across the region by the time the storm departs in the afternoon. Temperatures Saturday night will drop to around 0 Saturday night with continued strong winds and very cold wind chills (-17 possible). Sunday will be sunny, but very cold with a high of around 10-12 degrees across the Catskills with a continued stiff wind and very-low wind chills. Sunday night lows will be around 0 degrees.

Expect Winter Conditions: Following Friday's warm temperatures and rain, snow and cold temperatures will return. Snow and ice are present throughout the Catskills at the highest elevations. Snow depths range from 0 to 12+ inches, the most in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions on Sunday. 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. Those icy areas will likely increase this weekend as meltwater and runoff freeze Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

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). Not all trailhead parking areas may be plowed this weekend, following Saturday's snow storm. Some trailhead parking lots may be experiencing flooding problems Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Trail Conditions: This past week's frigid temperatures had maintained snow depths and allowed the growth of ice throughout the Catskills, but there has been significant melting in the last two days. Snow depths currently increase from an no snow at the lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried and will likely be required as meltwater freezes into large icy areas this weekend. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes 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.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 1/5/2018

Expect FRIGID and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS temperatures and winter conditions across the Catskills this weekend. Outdoor activities should be limited to avoid frostbite and/or hypothermia. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, now that there is at least 8" of snow across the majority of the region with deeper snowpack at higher elevations.

If you do choose to recreate this weekend, especially on Friday and Saturday, BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES! Winter conditions like this leave little to no room for error in preparation and activities. An injury, the wrong clothing choices, or broken equipment could result in frostbite, hypothermia or worse. Only those who are properly prepared for the conditions should be on the mountains through Saturday night. This weather is life-threatening in the backcountry of the Catskills

Forecast: The Catskills received 4-6 inches of new snow on Thursday, adding to existing snowpack. The snow was light and easily drifts. With the high winds, it is likely there is extreme drifting, especially at the mountain summits.

High temperatures today will struggle to reach 0. Winds will be blowing near 20-30 mph and gusting over 40 mph, creating dangerously cold wind chills in excess of -30. Low temperatures Friday night will be around -10 degrees below zero. On Saturday it will be EXTREMELY COLD with high temperatures -4 to -5 degrees below zero and lows on Saturday night of at least -15 degrees below zero. Temperatures will moderate slightly on Sunday with a high of 10 to 14 degrees and a low Sunday night in the single digits above zero. REMEMBER - Temperatures will be lower at mountain summits and wind speeds will be higher, creating even more frigid conditions.

Expect Extreme Winter Conditions: Temperatures well below zero, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12+ inches, more in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for extreme winter conditions on Saturday. 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.

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). Not all trailhead parking areas may be plowed this weekend, following Thursday's snow storm.

Trail Conditions: This week's frigid temperatures have maintained snow depths and allowed the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from an 4 inches at lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should always 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.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Snow and Cold Weather Update for the Catskills - 1/4/2018

Expect FRIGID and EXTREMELY low temperatures and winter conditions across the Catskills this weekend. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, now that there is at least 8" of snow across the majority of the region with deeper snowpack at higher elevations

Today's snowstorm will result in anywhere from an inch of snow to 4-5 inches of snow across the Catskills. The greatest snowfall amounts will be at the higher elevations in the eastern Catskills.

Road conditions will vary widely, as will trailhead conditions. Expect untreated roads and unplowed trailheads during the day on Thursday with improving conditions on Friday.

BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME, LIFE-THREATENING COLD TEMPERATURES STARTING THURSDAY NIGHT AND RUNNING THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the Catskills through Saturday night with expected wind chills of up to 30 degrees below zero. This will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

This evening will be the start of a stretch of very cold temperatures and high winds that will run through the weekend. High temperatures through the weekend are forecast to be in single digits above and below zero while the low temperatures are forecast to be well below zero. Wind chills will make the entire time period feel much colder.

Temperatures and wind chills will be even lower on high mountain summits, surface of water bodies and other exposed areas. 

Should you choose to recreate this weekend, this extreme cold period requires extra preparation and allows no room for errors or mistakes. Conditions will be significantly colder and windier at higher elevations. Frostbite and hypothermia are major concerns for anyone taking part in outdoor activities.

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.

Trail Conditions: Snow and ice are present on all trails and at all elevations.

Expect Winter Conditions: Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12+ inches, with a deeper snowpack in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow depth information. Be prepared for winter conditions. 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.

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.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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