While the majority of snow has melted across the region, traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, as there are extensive areas of ice on all trails that will require traction devices to safely traverse.
Forecast: Friday's high will be around freezing with sunny skies. The low Friday night will be in the 20s. Saturday will be a sunny, breezy day with highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 30s. Rain will move into the region Saturday night with showers continuing into Sunday. Sunday will see clouds and rain showers, with high temperatures in the upper 30s and a low Sunday night in the 20s.
Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of ice are present throughout the Catskills a. Snow depths range from 0 inches at lower elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions on Sunday. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas.
Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below).
Trail Conditions: The rain and thaw earlier and then the recent cold temperatures have fostered the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from no snow at the lowest elevations to a few inches at the highest elevations. Significant ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried and will likely be required along all trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used.
Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should be used.
Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:
- Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
- Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
- Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
- Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
- Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)
The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.
Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts.
The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions.
Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.
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.
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's Gift Shop carries trail maps, trail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.