Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 10/11/19

This holiday weekend should be beautiful. Day time temperatures are expected to stay in the 50s and 60s, with cooler overnights, and colors are at or near peak throughout most of the Park. Expect busier than normal trailhead parking areas. Plan ahead by starting your hikes earlier in the day, and consider off-the-beaten path trails to minimize crowding.

The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY offers great views of Overlook Mountain and some pleasant walking trails.

The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY offers great views of Overlook Mountain and some pleasant walking trails.

Trail Conditions: Trails will be quite ideal this weekend, mostly dry with few mud puddles. Watch the trail surface, as wet leaves and fallen acorns will increase the chance of slipping.

**Trail Closure Alert** The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has closed the section of the Devil's Path hiking trail beginning from the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Twin Mountain summit due to dangerous conditions resulting from recent vandalism of the steel rungs that were installed on the trail in August 2019. Although the Devil's Path trail will be closed on the western approach to Twin Mountain, hikers may still access the summit from the east utilizing the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail from Prediger Road or via the Devil's Path from Indian Head Mountain.

Most of the Catskills are seeing peak foliage this weekend.

Most of the Catskills are seeing peak foliage this weekend.

Fall Foliage:  Colors are spreading across the Catskill Park. This weekend the Park is at or near peak. Keep an eye on the I Love NY, Fall Foliage Report to keep in the know for statewide foliage progress.  

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, partly sunny, a high near 62. Friday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 1. Partly sunny with a high near 67. Saturday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 41. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 65. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low around 43. Monday for the holiday, sunny with a high near 67. Monday night, mostly clear with a low around 39. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: The NYSDEC has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes throughout the fall.

A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening now through Monday, October 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

Upper Esopus Fire Tower: The Upper Esopus Fire Tower here at the Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457) is officially open! The cab will open weekends from 9 am until 4 pm through mid-November. Weekdays please feel free to climb the tower to below the cab for a great view of the area.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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.

Hunting: October first marks the beginning of deer hunting season in New York. At the moment bowhunting is in season for dear and bear, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing through the remainder of the hunting season.

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!

The Catskills Stewards Hiking Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top hike safe consideration this week. Stewards are still on location this season at Kaaterskill Falls. Stop by to say, “hello” on weekends.

Bring a Bandana – Especially during hunting season, a brightly colored bandana is a critical piece of gear . Not only does this make you more visible on the trail, bandanas are also helpful in emergency situations. Wound care, a sweat cloth, and a way to fix gear, bandanas are multi-purpose pieces of kit. Consider one for your next adventure.

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.

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The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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