Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 8/30/2018

A shy Red Eft along the trail

A shy Red Eft along the trail

There's a small chance for a few showers, but Labor Day Weekend in in the Catskills is looking to be a good weekend to enjoy the great outdoors! 

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, and all gates are open for interior parking areas.

Trail Conditions: Trails have been drying out over the last two weeks, but some muddy spots do remain. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails.

Forecast: On Friday expect partly sunny conditions a high around 70 degrees. Cloudy conditions Friday night with a low temperature around 60 degrees. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high around 70 degrees and a low Saturday night of around 65 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high temperature around 75 degrees. There's a chance for very scattered showers Friday through Sunday. Labor Day Monday looks to be partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms and a high around 80 degrees.  

Leave No Trace: When you visit the Catskills, be sure you follow the seven principles of the Leave No Trace Program to make sure you leave the Catskills as you found them and for others to enjoy in the future.

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

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

Road Closure: A single lane on Route 23A between Haines Falls and Palenville is open and two way traffic is being managed by a temporary traffic signal. Expect delays as work continues to repair storm damage. More information on Route 23A.

Insects: After the wet stretch we've had, the bugs that bite have returned. It's always a good idea to use bug spray and to bring a head net if you want to make sure you keep them away. 

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.

High Water Conditions: Due to recent rainfall across the region water levels in streams, creeks and rivers are significantly above normal conditions. Unbridged stream crossings may be difficult due to high water conditions. Due to continue rains and water-soaked ground, the water levels in streams and creek can rise very quickly during a heavy rain event. Never cross a flooded stream, it only takes a few inches of water to knock someone down. Hikers have drowned in the Catskills when attempting to cross a stream in flood. Remember, as quickly as streams rise during rain events, their flow will drop just as quickly after the rain has finished, allowing for a safe crossing.

Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, make sure you are out of the way! Lightning Safety Tips for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

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.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is now required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming in the Catskills:  Want to go swimming, but don't know where to start? The Catskill Center has a handy guide to swimming areas across the region.

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.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly.

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. 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

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