Our high elevation snowpack remains and the mountains have seen light snow most days this week. You can expect snow covered trail conditions on most trails across the Catskills this weekend above 3,000 feet. Traction devices and/or snowshoes may be needed on those trails due to the current snow depth and should be carried.
Forecast: This Friday expect partly cloudy and windy conditions with a low in the mid-20s. Saturday will be sunny with a high around 40 degrees. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low in the mid-20s. Sunday will be sunny, but breezy, with a high in the mid 40s and a low Sunday night in the 20s.
Expect Winter Conditions: Above 3000 feet in elevation there is still a significant snowpack, with the deepest snow at the highest elevations in the Catskills. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information.
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 some interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below).
Trail Conditions: Most trails, especially above 3,000 feet in elevation are snow covered to a depth that may need traction devices or snowshoes. Most trails are well traveled and therefore will be packed and icy, which will require traction devices.
Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter, may be gated closed and become impassable when snow is on the ground:
- Platte Clove Road - Open
- Roaring Kill Road - Open
- 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 at Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been opened for the 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.
Carry It In, Carry It Out: 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 Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is 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 more for purchase. You may also shop from home at the Catskill Interpretive Center Online Gift Shop.