Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/25/19

The weather should be mostly dry and in the 80s for the coming weekend with a slight chance of showers on Saturday afternoon.

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Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: If you’re relying on a water source or a spring that’s on a map for resupply, be prepared for the possibility that it will be just a trickle, pack extra water with you to be safe and plan to filter any water that you collect.

Even in the summer it’s a good idea to monitor body temperature and carry non-cotton layers. When Catskills towns are in the 80s, it may surprise you when you summit a mountain and it’s 10-20 degrees cooler with a strong breeze. Be aware of how much you're sweating, and if you have on a wet shirt when you get to an exposed summit, consider changing into a dry layer.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, fog before 8am, and then sunny with a high near 83. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 61. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 2pm, mostly sunny with a high near 84. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 86. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low near 64.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open 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 summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Insects and Ticks: Ticks are definitely present 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 and mosquitoes at bay. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

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 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.

Know Before You Go - Have you heard of the 4 D's of a good fire? They stand for…

Dead: Only use wood that is dead.

Down: Only gather wood that is already on the ground.

Dinky: As a rule of thumb, use wood that is thinner than your wrist/forearm.

Distant: Travel away from the campsite to lessen your impact on the immediate area where you are camping.

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 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 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Kerry Claire