Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 6/7/2018

It's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend for outdoor recreation in the Catskills! Expect generally sunny conditions Friday through Sunday with moderate temperatures. Trails will likely remain muddy and wet in places and black flies still can pose a challenge to hikers.

Forecast: Friday will be sunny with a high temperature in the mid 70s. Friday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 50 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high in the mid 70s. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low in the upper 40s. Sunshine continues on Sunday with a high around 70 degrees. On Sunday night the clear skies continue with a low in the upper 40s.

Black Flies: The black flies are out and ready to bite hikers. Be sure to use bug spray and bring a head net if you want to make sure you keep them away.

Ticks: Be sure to be careful about ticks in the Catskills. Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills. Be sure to be properly prepared (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 Friday rain and 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.


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.


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


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!


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 mapstrail 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 info@catskillcenter.org.

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