Significant snow has accumulated in the mountains. Expect winter conditions on all trails across the Catskills through this weekend. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed on trails due to the current snow depth (2 to 4+ feet) across the entire region.
Forecast: Snow showers and flurries will continue into Friday afternoon with clearing as the night goes on. The low Friday night is expected to be in the upper teens. Saturday looks to be a mostly sunny day with a high in the mid-20s. Saturday night will be very cold for the time of the year, with a low in the single digits above zero! Sunday will also be mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-20s and a low Sunday night in the low near 10 degrees.
Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (40 inches or more) at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region.
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 are closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). Most trailheads have been plowed, but some remote lots may not be cleared. Be prepared with alternate destinations if you are unable to reach your intended trailhead parking area.
Trail Conditions: All trails are snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes. Most trails will have been traveled by this weekend, but you may find some areas require you to break trail through very deep snow.
Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is very icy and snowy. Traction devices and/or snowshoes 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 ice and snow.
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. Hudson Valley Weather also provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.
The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions at the CIC in Mount Tremper, NY.
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. Also keep a shovel in your vehicle in case you need to get your vehicle unstuck.
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.