It's going to be a wet weekend here in the Catskills. Be sure to be prepared for rainy conditions throughout the entire weekend, along with the chance for thunderstorms. Saturday will be quite cool, while temperatures will rebound on Sunday. Thanks to the rain, trails will be muddy and wet.
Forecast: We'll see a high on Friday near 70 degrees as the clouds increase throughout the day. The low on Friday night will be in the mid-50s. Showers and rain are likely to start early in the morning on Saturday and continue throughout the day. Temperatures will not warm that much, with the high expected to only be in the lowers 60s. Light showers continue through Saturday night with a low in the upper 50s. The chance for rain and thunderstorms increases throughout the day on Sunday and the high will be in the mid-70s. Showers taper off on Sunday night with a low in the mid 50s. The sun returns on Monday!
Ticks (Tick Safety Tips): Be sure to be careful about ticks in the Catskills. Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills, as are other tick species. Be sure to be properly prepared with repellants (see our suggested products) and always complete a tick check after hiking to ensure there are no ticks on your body. More information on ticks and hiking. If you find a tick on your body, make sure to remove it properly.
Water Sources: It has been a wet spring and most water sources on maps including streams and springs are likely to be flowing and usable by hikers. You should always treat or filter any surface water before drinking.
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. Most trails will be wet and muddy this weekend from the weekend showers. Follow good hiking practices on muddy trails 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.
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
The Catskill Mountains Book Festival is this Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the Catskill Interpretive Center!
Join us at the Catskill Interpretive Center for our third annual festival to celebrate the past, present and future of writing in the Catskills. Enjoy panels and presentations by acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills. This year's festival will feature performers and activities for all ages, from storytelling and live music to typewriter poetry and bookmaking - bring the whole family and spend the day!
Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. 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.
Leave No Trace / 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.
For More Information: Visit the Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 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. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Catskill Center and be part of the Catskills oldest conservation organization -- preserving and protecting the Catskills since 1969!
The Catskill Interpretive Center is a program of the Catskill Center, whose mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Catskills. Join Today!
During the Catskill Center's Membership Drive in the month of June enjoy all the benefits of Catskill Center membership like discounts at the Catskill Interpretive Center gift shop, retailer discounts, invites to exclusive member events, and our quarterly printed newsletter all about the Catskills -- While also enjoying a copy of the AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley for a contribution of $100 or higher! Join now and help the Catskills oldest conservation organization continue to protect the Catskills!