After several days of heavy rain across the mountains, conditions will be drying out this weekend after a wet start on Friday. Expect wet trail conditions throughout the weekend, as several inches were received over the last few days. River and stream levels are dropping, so unbridged stream crossings on trails should be passable this weekend. Most seasonal streams will be flowing over the weekend and springs have been recharged.
Forecast: On Friday expect an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, with the best chance for rain in the late afternoon and early evening. The high will be around 80 degrees and the low around 60 degrees. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a slight chance for a thunderstorm or shower. The high will be around 80 degrees and the low will be in the upper 50s. Sunday will be sunny and warm, with a high in the mid 70s and a low Sunday night in the upper 50s.
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. If you find a tick on your body, make sure to remove it properly.
Water Sources: Recent rains have created wet conditions in the mountains. Reliable water sources shown on trail maps are flowing, as are most seasonal streams. 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.
Please note that the bridge on the Becker Hollow Trail (Greene County/Hunter Mountain) is closed. The Becker Hollow Trail remains open. Excessive rain this past week has raised water levels, so this stream may be difficult for some hikers to cross. Seek alternate routes to climb Hunter Mountain if you find this crossing too difficult (via Devil's Path at Stony Clove or via Spruceton Trail).
Trail Conditions: Trails are likely to be wet and muddy this weekend. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails.
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.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Summer temperatures, lots of sunshine and humidity can combine to cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke when you aren't properly prepared. Be sure to carry plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated when enjoying the outdoors. Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
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
Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. 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 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.