It's shaping up to be a warm and generally fair weather weekend for outdoor recreation in the Catskills! Expect generally sunny conditions Friday through Sunday with moderate temperatures. Thunderstorms become likely on Sunday. Trails still have a few muddy spots, but are drying out and black flies still can pose a challenge to hikers.
Forecast: Friday will become sunny after morning showers with a high temperature around 70 degrees. Friday night will be clear and cool, with a low around 47 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 80 degrees. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low in the upper 50s. Sunshine continues on Sunday with a high in the mid 80s and a chance of thunderstorms all day. On Sunday night the chance for storms continues with a low in the mid 60s.
Black Flies: The black flies are out, but not as bad as earlier this spring. It's still a good idea to use bug spray and bring a head net if you want to make sure you keep the bugs away.
Ticks: Be sure to be careful about ticks in the Catskills. Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills. Be sure to be properly prepared (see our suggested products) and always complete a tick check after hiking to ensure there are no ticks on your body. More information on ticks and hiking. If you find a tick on your body, make sure to remove it properly.
Water Sources: It has been a wet spring and most water sources on maps including streams and springs are likely to be flowing and usable by hikers. You should always treat or filter any surface water before drinking.
Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads are open, and gates are open for interior parking areas.
Trail Conditions: Trails are snow-free. Most trails will be wet and muddy this weekend from Friday rain and weekend showers. Follow good hiking practices on muddy trails by walking down the middle of the trail, even when muddy, to avoid widening trails and creating more erosion.
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.