It will be a sunny and mild weekend here in the Catskills perfect for outdoor recreation! Following the break in the high temperatures last night, expect sunny conditions all weekend with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.
Forecast: After showers Friday morning, skies will clear throughout the day. Expect a high in the mid 70s and a low on Friday night in the upper 40s as skies clear completely and temperatures fall quickly. Saturday will be sunny with a high in the mid 70s and a low Saturday night in the lower 50s. Sunday will be sunny and slightly warmer, with temperatures in the upper 70s and a low Sunday night in the mid 50s.
Insects: The black flies are out. It's a good idea to use bug spray and bring a head net if you want to make sure you keep the bugs away. Rainy weather tends to dampen their activity. Mosquitoes are also present throughout much of the Catskills.
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: Conditions are drying out across the Catskills with most seasonal streams now dry. Most reliable water sources shown on trail maps are likely to still be flowing. Plan ahead though and have enough water for your hike. 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. There are a few muddy areas remaining, so be sure to 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.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Summer temperatures and lots of sunshine 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.