Trail Questions: Please call the Catskill Interpretive Center at 845-688-3369 for trail condition questions. You can also email the Catskill Interpretive Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff are available 7 days a week from 9:30am to 4:30pm (and to 6:30pm on Fridays) to answer trail, hiking and general backpacking questions for the Catskill Mountains region.
Reporting Trail Problems: Need to report a serious trail issue you came across while hiking in the Catskills? Please email us at email@example.com.
Trail Information, Conditions and Status: The information provided on our trail conditions blog is general in nature, and while it is updated regularly, it does not always reflect current specific conditions. The local Forest Rangers in the Catskills are the most reliable source for the most current and the most specific information. To contact the Forest Rangers for Region 3 (Ulster & Sullivan Counties), please call the NYSDEC's New Paltz regional office at (845) 256-3026. For Forest Rangers in Region 4 (Greene and Delaware Counties), please call the NYSDEC's Schenectady regional office at (518) 357-2161. Make sure to report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Forest Rangers. In emergencies, call 911 but prepared to be able to provide your location.
The NYSDEC also maintains a Catskill Backcountry Information page.
Weather: Local weather conditions can be obtained from the Albany National Weather Service site. Please note that weather conditions on mountain summits can be significantly different from conditions in the Hudson Valley or even the mountain valleys.
ALWAYS: Make sure others know of your itinerary and when you expect to return. Sign in at the Trail Registers provided at trailheads so Forest Rangers can help locate you if a search is needed.
BE PREPARED: Wilderness conditions change suddenly. All visitors to the Catskill backcountry should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; you should always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods before entering the back country. Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough - wear proper footwear!
REMEMBER: Weather and trail conditions can change rapidly, especially during fall, winter and spring. Plan and prepare accordingly.
Trail condition reports are brought to you by the Catskill Interpretive Center, a program of the Catskill Center. Become a member to help us protect and preserve the Catskill Park and ensure our public lands and trails in the Catskills remain open, well taken care of and available to all.