Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 1/5/2018

Expect FRIGID and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS temperatures and winter conditions across the Catskills this weekend. Outdoor activities should be limited to avoid frostbite and/or hypothermia. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, now that there is at least 8" of snow across the majority of the region with deeper snowpack at higher elevations.

If you do choose to recreate this weekend, especially on Friday and Saturday, BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES! Winter conditions like this leave little to no room for error in preparation and activities. An injury, the wrong clothing choices, or broken equipment could result in frostbite, hypothermia or worse. Only those who are properly prepared for the conditions should be on the mountains through Saturday night. This weather is life-threatening in the backcountry of the Catskills

Forecast: The Catskills received 4-6 inches of new snow on Thursday, adding to existing snowpack. The snow was light and easily drifts. With the high winds, it is likely there is extreme drifting, especially at the mountain summits.

High temperatures today will struggle to reach 0. Winds will be blowing near 20-30 mph and gusting over 40 mph, creating dangerously cold wind chills in excess of -30. Low temperatures Friday night will be around -10 degrees below zero. On Saturday it will be EXTREMELY COLD with high temperatures -4 to -5 degrees below zero and lows on Saturday night of at least -15 degrees below zero. Temperatures will moderate slightly on Sunday with a high of 10 to 14 degrees and a low Sunday night in the single digits above zero. REMEMBER - Temperatures will be lower at mountain summits and wind speeds will be higher, creating even more frigid conditions.

Expect Extreme Winter Conditions: Temperatures well below zero, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12+ inches, more in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for extreme winter conditions on Saturday. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas.

WINTER HIKING TIPS

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). Not all trailhead parking areas may be plowed this weekend, following Thursday's snow storm.

Trail Conditions: This week's frigid temperatures have maintained snow depths and allowed the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from an 4 inches at lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should always be used. 

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

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

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. 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.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Snow and Cold Weather Update for the Catskills - 1/4/2018

Expect FRIGID and EXTREMELY low temperatures and winter conditions across the Catskills this weekend. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on all trails and should always be carried, now that there is at least 8" of snow across the majority of the region with deeper snowpack at higher elevations

Today's snowstorm will result in anywhere from an inch of snow to 4-5 inches of snow across the Catskills. The greatest snowfall amounts will be at the higher elevations in the eastern Catskills.

Road conditions will vary widely, as will trailhead conditions. Expect untreated roads and unplowed trailheads during the day on Thursday with improving conditions on Friday.

BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME, LIFE-THREATENING COLD TEMPERATURES STARTING THURSDAY NIGHT AND RUNNING THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the Catskills through Saturday night with expected wind chills of up to 30 degrees below zero. This will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

This evening will be the start of a stretch of very cold temperatures and high winds that will run through the weekend. High temperatures through the weekend are forecast to be in single digits above and below zero while the low temperatures are forecast to be well below zero. Wind chills will make the entire time period feel much colder.

Temperatures and wind chills will be even lower on high mountain summits, surface of water bodies and other exposed areas. 

Should you choose to recreate this weekend, this extreme cold period requires extra preparation and allows no room for errors or mistakes. Conditions will be significantly colder and windier at higher elevations. Frostbite and hypothermia are major concerns for anyone taking part in outdoor activities.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. 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.

Trail Conditions: Snow and ice are present on all trails and at all elevations.

Expect Winter Conditions: Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12+ inches, with a deeper snowpack in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow depth information. Be prepared for winter conditions. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing", avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow) makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas.

Winterize Your Car: Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you head out in this cold weather. Carry a survival kit (sleeping bag, blanket, extra jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, etc) should you become stuck with your vehicle or are unable to start it.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 12/29/2017

Expect FRIGID temperatures and winter conditions across the Catskills this weekend. Snowshoes will be needed on most trails at higher elevations as snow depths continue to increase. Traction devices should always be carried for icy conditions.

BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE WEEKEND!

Forecast: High temperatures today will stay in the single digits across the Catskills with a low around 0 tonight. Winds will be blowing near 10mph, creating dangerously cold wind chills well below zero. On Saturday there's a chance for light snow, accumulating 1-3 inches across the Catskills, throughout the day. The high temperature will be in the low teens and on Saturday night, the low will be around 0. Winds and wind chills will continue. Sunday will be sunny, but VERY COLD with a high of only 4 degrees and a low Sunday night several degrees below zero. For New Years Day (Monday), expect another VERY COLD day with a high of about 5 degrees and a low Monday night of several degrees below zero.

Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, but gates may be closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). 

Trail Conditions: This week's frigid temperatures have maintained snow depths and allowed the growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from an 2-3 inches at lowest elevations to over a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice has started to build up on all trails. Traction devices should always be carried. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should always be carried. Saturday's storm will add a few inches of snow on to existing snowpack.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

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

Expect Winter Conditions: Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 2 to 12+ inches, more in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing," avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing - leaving deep footprints in the snow - makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. 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.

The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.

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 carries trail mapstrail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

Most Recent Trail Update | NYSDEC Catskill Backcountry Info | Ski the Catskills

Cold Weather Update 12/27/2017 - Frigid Conditions Through Sunday in the Catskills

BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the Catskills through Thursday the 28th with expected wind chills of -15 to -25 below zero. This will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

This is the start of a prolonged stretch of very cold temperatures with even more dangerous wind chill conditions likely developing Wednesday night and Thursday. High temperatures through the weekend are forecast to be in single digits above and below zero while the low temperatures are forecast to in teens and twenties below zero. Wind chills will be much colder.

Temperatures and wind chills will be even lower on high mountain summits, surface of water bodies and other exposed areas. 

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. 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.

Trail Conditions: Snow and ice is present on all trails and at all elevations.

Expect Winter Conditions: Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12 inches, more in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing", avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing (leaving deep foot prints in the snow) makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

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

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 carries trail maps, trail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

Most Recent Trail Update | NYSDEC Catskill Backcountry Info | Ski the Catskills