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