A note from Heather Rolland, President of the Catskill 3500 Club about the current conditions in the Catskills:
As I'm sure many of you have heard, the Catskills received quite a dumping of snow on Friday, March 2. Before you break out your snowshoes and jump in the car, a few reminders and suggestions:
Some areas are still without power. Expect roads crews to be out, and some roads are closed/blocked due to downed trees or stranded vehicles.
Be sure you are ready for any/all emergencies. Cell phones fully charged, extra food, shovel in the car, etc. Everything you normally do for winter preparation should be rechecked, replenished, and reconsidered.
Expect trailhead parking areas to be unplowed.
If you are not in excellent winter hiking shape yourself, don't aim to do much. Breaking trail in deep heavy snow is exhausting and extremely strenuous. Expect slow progress and lots of sweating.
Be prudent. Turn around before you get cold, exhausted, dehydrated etc. Do not place emergency responders in danger; take good care of yourself and your hiking companions.
Bring cash and spend it at local businesses. Many local businesses were closed and could really use the boost. Be patient, tip well, and remember that lots of the folks at work today have no power at home.
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
For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail maps, trail guides and other last minute items for purchase and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online store.