Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 8/9/2018

Hot and muggy conditions have brought continued showers and storms to the Catskills over the last several days with occasional breaks of sun. Stream and river levels remain higher than normal across the mountains. This weekend expect warm weather with the chance of rain and thunderstorms. During storms, creek and river levels may rise very quickly and make a crossing impossible. Be alert for lightning dangers when storms are present. 

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.

Forecast: On Friday expect partly cloudy conditions with an increasing chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The high will be in around 80 degrees and the low Friday night will be about 60 degrees. Skies will cloud up Friday night and there will be a chance for showers and storms on Saturday. The high Saturday is expected to be near 75 degrees and the low around 60 degrees. Sunday should be mostly cloudy, but dry with a high near 80 degrees and a low Sunday night of about 60 degrees.

Insects: The bugs that bite are out. It's a good idea to use bug spray and 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.

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 likely to be wet and muddy this weekend. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails.


High Water Conditions: Due to ongoing 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 heavy rain events. 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.

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 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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