Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 6/20/19

The Platte Clove Preserve in Elka Park, NY

The Platte Clove Preserve in Elka Park, NY

We’ve had a fair amount of rainfall in the Catskills over the last week. Prepare for higher streams and buggy conditions, including mosquitoes and ticks. Saturday and Sunday should both be sunny days with highs in the mid and upper 70s, respectively.

Trail Conditions and Stream Information: This Saturday, Manitou’s Revenge is happening in the Catskills, an annual 54 mile ultramarathon that starts near Black Dome in Maplecrest, NY and finishes in Phoenicia. See the map of the race and help minimize trail impact by hiking in other parts of the Catskills (source: Catskill 3500’ Club). 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. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be flowing. It’s suggested that those water sources are treated or filtered before drinking to be safe.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday for the summer solstice, intermittent light rain in the morning, high near 73 for the day. Friday evening, clear with a low of 53. Saturday, sunny, high near 74. Saturday night, mostly clear, low around 54. Sunday, sunny with a high near 79. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low around 56.

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.

Fishing: Fishing season is open for the spring and summer and a fishing license is required. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

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 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. Check out our recommendations for tick and bug safety.

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.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors - This can mean a few different things! When we leave natural artifacts where we find them, we allow other visitors to marvel at those same beautiful things. When we plan ahead and prepare as best as we can before an outdoor excursion, we help avoid putting ourselves or others at risk. Follow best practices and put your mind at ease to enjoy the Forest Preserve as much as possible!

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.

Catskill Center’s Stewards this season helping to keep Kaaterskill Falls clean.

Catskill Center’s Stewards this season helping to keep Kaaterskill Falls clean.

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

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove Saturday and Sundays.

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Photo credits: Selina Guendel