Colors are close to peak. This weekend is going to be ideal for getting outside in the park for fresh air and foliage. Saturday looks to be a gorgeous sunny day, perfect for a day of fun.
Trail Conditions: Water sources are slowly returning, thanks to a rainy Thursday. Nevertheless, pack extra water to be on the safe side. Trails will be quite ideal this weekend, mostly dry with few mud puddles. Watch the trail surface, as wet leaves will increase the chance of slipping.
**Trail Closure Alert** The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 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. The Department installed the steel rungs to assist hikers with climbing a difficult rock face, found just below the peak, and to reduce the amount of environmental degradation resulting from visitors seeking an alternative route. The vandalism has created a safety hazard for visitors utilizing this section of trail. This trail will be temporarily closed until appropriate measures are taken to rectify the situation. 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.
Fall Foliage: Colors are spreading across the Catskill Park. This weekend is very close to peak color. Higher elevations have the most vibrant hues. 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, a slight chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night, patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light north after midnight. Saturday, patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Sunday, a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday night, showers likely, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 70%. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)
Regional Outdoor Events: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes now throughout the fall.
A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.
The Upper Esopus Fire Tower is officially open to the public! Swing by the Catskills Visitor Center on Rt. 28 in Mt. Tremper today.
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.
Rock a Bandana – A brightly colored bandana is a critical piece of gear during hunting season. 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.
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 maps, trail guides and more for purchase.
Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at email@example.com.