Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/23/19

The bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and 80s on Sunday. Bring your insect repellent, sun protection, and plenty of water for enjoyment of the Preserve.

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Trail Conditions and Information: It’s a beautiful time of year to hike in the Catskills. Stay prepared for changing weather conditions, especially unexpected rain storms, by carrying an extra dry layer and water protection. Waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended for when you encounter stretches of wet, muddy terrain.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, isolated thunderstorms after 1pm, partly sunny during the day with a high near 67°. Friday evening, low of 51°, partly cloudy. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 73°, a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Saturday night, low of 58°, a chance of showers before 11pm. Sunday, a chance of showers before 8am, high near 81°. Sunday night, low of 56°, mostly cloudy.

Outdoor Events and Opportunities: This Saturday, May 25th, Catskill Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a day of events! Free and open to everyone, come to have fun and learn about the work—past, present, and future—of Catskill Center to preserve and protect the Park.

For a calendar of Catskills-wide fishing events take a look at the Catskills Trout Tales website now through the end of May.

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season is open and will continue now through May 31st. Hunters must have a spring turkey permit in order to participate and a general hunting license. Fishing season is open for the spring and summer. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses and turkey permits now throughout the season.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills have reopened for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

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

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!

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are here for the warmer weather in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay.

The Catskills Leave No Trace 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 Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.

· Respect Wildlife and Protect Your Food - Animals have come out of hibernation throughout the Preserve. Help reduce human-bear conflicts whenever possible. At home you can do this by protecting your food, trash containers, and bird feeders. In the backcountry, you should always hang a bear bag or carry a bear canister when camping overnight. Bear bags can be a challenge for even the most experienced hikers, but they’re a very important part of camping. An alternative way to protect your food and scented items on a overnight backpacking trip is to bring a bear canister. There are lots of resources to be found online for practicing bear bag hangs, especially by searching for the PCT bear bag method.

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: 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.

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.

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 Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Photo credit: Olivia Bernard