Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 5/24/2018

As we celebrate the unofficial start of summer, we're looking forward to a great Memorial Day Weekend in the Catskills!  There will be a slight chance for storms, but it looks to be a great weekend to get out and enjoy the trails of the Catskills. Trails have started to dry out from spring rains and snowmelt, but there are still numerous wet areas.

Forecast: Friday will be sunny with a high temperature in the upper 70s. Friday night will be mostly clear, with a low in the mid-50s. Saturday will bring a slight chance for passing showers and thunderstorms with a high around 80 degrees. Saturday night will see a continued slight chance for rain showers with a low around 55 degrees. The chance for showers continues on Sunday with a high around 70 degrees. On Sunday night there's an increased chance of thunderstorms and the low will be in the mid-50s. Monday continues to have a chance for showers with a high around 70 degrees.

Black Flies: The black flies are out and ready to find hikers. Be sure to use bug spray and bring a bug net if you want to make sure you keep them away.

Ticks: Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills. Be sure to be properly prepared (see our suggested products) and complete a tick check after hiking to ensure there are no ticks on your body. More information on ticks and hiking.

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. Some trails will be wet and muddy this weekend. 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.

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. 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 at the Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper, NY.

Carry It In, Carry It Out: 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 Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is 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 mapstrail guides and more for purchase. You may also shop from home at the Catskill Interpretive Center Online Gift Shop.

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NYC Department of Environmental Protection Announces Temporary Recreation Closures for Lands North of Ashokan Reservoir

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will temporarily close some recreation lands on the northern border of Ashokan Reservoir, creating a safe work zone as Ulster County begins preliminary work on a new recreational trail. The temporary closure will begin this month, and DEP expects to reopen the lands early in the spring. Some areas may need to be closed again periodically to allow for construction of the trail. Access to five recreation units will be restricted, and those using adjacent lands should pay close attention for red signs that will mark the closed areas.

The recreation units to be temporarily closed include Bushkill, Sand Hill, Ashokan North, Glenford, and the Ashokan Fishing Access Area.

The temporary closure is needed to establish a safe work zone as Ulster County begins preparatory work on the 11.5-mile rail trail that will run through lands along the northern border of Ashokan Reservoir. The first stages of work include the removal of many dead and dying trees, including ash trees that are in danger of falling because they were killed by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle.

More information about the Ashokan Rail Trail can be found on Ulster County’s website by visiting

More information about temporary closures on DEP land, including a list of the exact recreation units to be close, can be found by visiting