Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 6/13/19

Saturday looks like a great day to be outside. Come to the Catskill Mountain Story Festival before or after your hike for some delicious food and interesting panels, presentations, and activities celebrating the stories and people of the Catskills! Expect highs in the upper 70s on Saturday, sunshine, and on Sunday a high in the 70s with showers likely.

Catskill Mountain Story Festival: The Catskills Visitor Center is having a celebration of stories in the Catskills this weekend. Enjoy panels and presentations by acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills.   This year's festival will feature performers and activities for all ages - bring the whole family and spend the day.

Trail Conditions and Stream Information: 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 running from the rain we’ve had so far this season.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, high near 65°. Friday night, partly cloudy with a low near 51°. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 78°. Saturday night, a chance of showers with a low near 59°. Sunday, showers likely, a high near 77°. Sunday night, a chance of showers with a low around 63°.

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.

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.

Hiker preparedness is key! Come to the Catskills Visitor Center for additional outdoor information.

Hiker preparedness is key! Come to the Catskills Visitor Center for additional outdoor information.

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.

Travel on Durable Surfaces - It can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.

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 Saturday and Sundays.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 6/6/19

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It’s looking to be a great weekend weatherwise in the Catskills for outdoor activities! Don’t forget that the bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and Sunday with clear skies and sunshine. Be sure to bring your insect repellent, sun protection, rain jackets, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Take part in free Outdoors Day activities at the Catskills Visitor Center on Saturday from 10-3.

Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center: The Catskills Visitor Center is one of 10 sites across New York  hosting Outdoors Day in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Governor’s Adventure NY Initiative. This free open house event on Saturday, June 8th from 10am to 3pm will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and to learn from staff and local experts. Enjoy a variety of scheduled walks and programs, plus ongoing tables and hands-on activities from local organizations, all celebrating being outdoors in the beautiful Catskills! Learn more.

Trail Conditions and Information: 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, mostly sunny during the day with a high near 70°. Friday evening, low of 50°, clear. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 70°. Saturday night, low of 52°. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high in the lower 73°. Sunday night, increasing cloudiness with a low of 54°.

Fishing and Hunting: 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.

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 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.

Travel on Durable Surfaces - It can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.

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.

Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewards help ensure the protection of this unique natural area.

Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewards help ensure the protection of this unique natural area.

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 Saturday and Sundays.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/30/19

The view from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

The view from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

Spring continues to make its way up the mountains. The bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and 60s on Sunday. Bring your insect repellent, sun protection, rain jackets, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Trail Conditions and Information: 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, mostly sunny during the day with a high near 70°. Friday evening, low of 49°, clear. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 70°, increasing chance of showers after 2pm. Saturday night, low of 52°, 50% chance of showers. Sunday, a 50% chance of showers, high near 65°. Sunday night, low of 50°, mostly cloudy with 30% chance of showers.

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season closes on 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 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.

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.

Stewards greeting visitors to the Peekamoose Blue Hole

Stewards greeting visitors to the Peekamoose Blue Hole

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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 9/21/2018

It’s looking to be a great fall weekend to enjoy the trails of the Catskills!

It’s looking to be a great fall weekend to enjoy the trails of the Catskills!

This weekend is looking to be a great fall weekend here in the Catskills with sunshine and brisk temperatures! There’s even some color starting to appear on the hillsides as our pops of fall foliage start to appear!

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, and all gates are open for interior parking areas.

Trail Conditions: Thanks to a wet summer and regular rain storms in the last few weeks, our trails are wet and in some places muddy. Don’t forget that Catskill rocks are very slippery when wet! Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails when you encounter these muddy areas.

Forecast: On Friday expect cloudy conditions with a high temperature around 70 degrees — there’s a chance for showers or even a thunderstorm throughout the day. Cloudy conditions and showers continue into Friday night with a low temperature around 55 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high in the lower 60s and a low Saturday night of around 45 degrees. Sunday will be sunny with a high temperature around 60 degrees. Those clear conditions continue into Sunday night with a low of around 45 degrees.

Early Bear Hunting Season: The Early Bear Hunting Season runs through September 23rd. During any hunting season, hikers should: wear blaze orange; use extra caution early in the morning or late in the afternoon when visibility may be reduced; use extra caution when near roads or valley bottoms; and be heard by hunters whistling or talking with your hiking group.

Leave No Trace: When you visit the Catskills, be sure you follow the seven principles of the Leave No Trace Program to make sure you leave the Catskills as you found them and for others to enjoy in the future.

  • Plan ahead and prepare

  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces

  • Dispose of waste properly

  • Leave what you find

  • Minimize campfire impacts

  • Respect wildlife

  • Be considerate of other visitors

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.


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


Road Closure: A single lane on Route 23A between Haines Falls and Palenville is open and two way traffic is being managed by a temporary traffic signal. Expect delays as work continues to repair storm damage. 

Insects: It’s no longer bug season in the mountains, but it's always a good idea to use bug spray to help avoid ticks.  

Ticks (Tick Safety Tips): Be sure to be careful about ticks in the Catskills. Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills, as are other tick species. Be sure to be properly prepared with repellants (see our suggested products) and always complete a tick check after hiking to ensure there are no ticks on your body. If you find a tick on your body, make sure to remove it properly.

Water Sources: Recent rains have created wet conditions in the mountains. Reliable water sources shown on trail maps are flowing, as are most seasonal streams. You should always treat or filter any surface water before drinking.

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.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: Seasonal roads have opened for the season. Those roads include:

  • Platte Clove Road

  • Roaring Kill Road

  • Russell Brook Road

  • Mary Smith Road

  • Ploutz Road

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and at Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been opened for the season.

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

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Check the current 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.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions in Mount Tremper, NY.

For More Information: Visit the Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 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. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase. You may also shop from home at the Catskill Interpretive Center Online Gift Shop. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Flash Flood Watch / High Water Warning - 9/18/2018

Overnight several inches of rain have fallen across the Catskills, leading to rising streams and rivers across the region. Rain is forecast for the rest of the day, likely keeping these streams and rivers higher than normal. A Flash Flood Watch has been posted for most of the Catskills.

For unbridged trail crossings of streams and rivers, some may be difficult, if not impossible to cross during periods of high water. Plan ahead and have multiple options should your first choice impassable.

Water levels rise and fall quickly in the Catskills in response to rain, so a stream crossing that may have been okay upon starting a trail, may be difficult to impossible to cross when you return. If that is the case, do not attempt to cross the stream. Instead find an alternative route or wait for the stream levels to subside before crossing. 

High water is dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooding streams and rivers.


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: Always be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Check the current 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.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions in Mount Tremper, NY.

For More Information: Visit the Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 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. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase. You may also shop from home at the Catskill Interpretive Center Online Gift Shop. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

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