Catskill Trail Conditions for the Weekend of November 18, 2017

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 11/17/2017

Forecast: There as been some snow light snow Friday morning in the Catskills. The rest of the day should clear out before evening. For the remainder of the weekend, it is looking to be a wet and cold few days in the Catskills. The forecast is calling for a mix of cold rain and potentially snow Saturday and Sunday, with the best chance of snow overnight on Saturday and into Sunday as temperatures begin to drop. Highs are forecast for the low 40s on Saturday and the upper 30s on Sunday. Lows should be in the 30s Saturday night and in the 20s Sunday night. Expect colder temperatures and a higher likelihood of snow at the mountain summits. 

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public.

Trail Conditions: The higher mountain summits have seen some snow and rain over the last week. Ice has begun to build up due to colder temperatures at the higher elevations. Traction devices should 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 after your visit to the Park.

Hunting Season: Rifle season for deer hunting begins on November 18th and 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.

These trail conditions 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.