Spring and the black flies have arrived in the Catskills and our snow has finally melted away except for a few limited areas at the highest elevations. Trails remain wet and muddy and will become more so with the weekend's rain.
Forecast: Friday will be partly sunny with increasing clouds towards the evening. The high temperature will be in the mid 50s. Friday night rain will move into the mountains, with a low in the mid-40s. Saturday will bring heavy rains and thunderstorms with a high only in the mid-50s. Saturday night will see a continued chance for rain showers with a low around 55 degrees. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a chance for rain showers. The high on Sunday should be in the mid-50s.
Black Flies: The black flies also know it's spring and are out and ready to find hikers. Be sure to pack bug spray in your backpack.
Ticks: Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills. Be sure to be properly prepared and complete a tick check after hiking to ensure there are no ticks on your body. More information on ticks and hiking (off-site).
Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, and gates are open for interior parking areas.
Trail Conditions: Trails are snow-free. Trails will be wet and muddy this weekend. Follow good hiking practices during the spring mud season by walking down the middle of the trail, even when muddy, to avoid widening trails and creating more erosion.
Seasonal Roads and Gates: Seasonal roads have opened for the season. Those roads include:
- Platte Clove Road
- Roaring Kill Road
- Russell Brook Road
- Mary Smith Road
- Ploutz Road
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 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 Interpretive Center 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.