Expect winter conditions on most trails across the Catskills, especially at higher elevations. Traction devices are needed on most trails and snowshoes may be needed as snow depths continue to increase.
Forecast: The weekend is looking to cold, with snow showers across the Catskills on Saturday and partly cloudy conditions on Sunday
Friday will be cloudy and cold with a high in the mid 20s and a low Friday night in the low teens. Saturday will be cloudy with a chance for snow showers throughout the day. The high should be in the mid 20s and the low Saturday night should be in the low teens. Sunday will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 30s. There's an increasing chance for snow showers into Sunday evening.
Stay alert to changing weather conditions and be prepared for winter conditions in the Catskills this weekend!
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.
Trail Conditions: It has been cold across the Catskills this week, with temperatures well below freezing for the most part. There have been two snowstorms in the last seven days, leaving anywhere from an inch or two at lower elevations to almost a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, 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 have started to deepen throughout the mountains and snowshoes may prove helpful in some places. It's likely that traction devices are needed on most trails given the packed snow conditions.
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 ended on December 10th. 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.
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 and trail maps and trail guides are available in the Gift Shop and through the Interpretive Center's online shop.