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.