Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/30/19

This long, holiday weekend is going to be a beautiful time to get outside! Whatever your adventure, the weather, trails, and towns are sure to be in great condition.  

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers came to the Catskills last week to promote responsible recreation throughout the Catskills.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers came to the Catskills last week to promote responsible recreation throughout the Catskills.

 Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Most water sources should be healthy and running this weekend. Pack extra water to be sure. Trails should be in excellent condition overall.

It’s suggested that after a day in the woods, you do a “tick check.” Thoroughly scout your arms, legs, body, hairline, and behind the ears for crawling black dots. Use a partner or else a mirror for spots you can’t see. The earlier you catch them, the better!

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Sunday, a chance of showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday night, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Monday, A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Outdoor Events at the Catskills Visitor Center: Family Day at the Catskills Visitor is happening this Saturday, August 31st from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Bring the whole family for this full day of kid-centered fun in the beautiful Catskill Mountains!

Also this Saturday, an event you will surely not want to miss, The Lighting of the Catskills Fire Towers will be taking place atop the five Catskill Mountains will fire towers. An annual event, designed to promote the history and culture surrounding this unique history. Hike a mountain, and see something truly special! This is happening from 9pm to 9:30pm.

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.

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, get out of the way! Prepare for potential lightning and thunderstorms by checking regular weather updates for your area. If you’re near a summit or a ridgeline it is safer to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

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.

Be Mindful of Water Ecosystems: Be sure to read the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug spray. Some chemicals in popular brands can be harmful to fragile water ecosystems.

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 mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at

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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