While there has been no new snow accumulation in the mountains in the past week, the Catskills have a very significant snowpack. You can 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 above 1,000 in elevation.
Forecast: There's a chance for light snow flurries Friday night. The low Friday night is expected to be around 20 degrees. Saturday looks to be a partly sunny day with a high right around the freezing mark (32 degrees). Saturday night will see a chance for snow flurries and a low around 20 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high around the freezing mark (32 degrees) and a low Sunday night in the low near 18 degrees.
Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is still at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (40 inches or more) at the highest elevations in the Catskills. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes or skis is necessary throughout the region. Avoid postholing, which creates a dangerous situation for other users and increases your likelihood of injury.
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).
Trail Conditions: All trails are snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes or skis. Most trails have been traveled, but you may find some areas, especially when bushwhacking that require you to break trail through what remains to be very deep snow at the higher elevations.
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.