Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 8/2/2018

Hot and muggy conditions have brought showers and storms to the Catskills over the last few days with breaks of sun. Water levels remain higher than normal across the mountains and may rise quickly during storms. 

Forecast: On Friday expect humid conditions with showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. The high will be in the mid 70s and the low Friday night will be in the mid 60s. Showers and storms will continue on Saturday, as will the humid conditions. The high Saturday is expected to be near 80 degrees and the low around 60 degrees. Conditions will dry out Saturday night. Sunday should be mostly sunny and warm with a high near 80 degrees and a low Sunday night of about 65 degrees.

Insects: The bugs that bite are out. It's a good idea to use bug spray and bring a head net if you want to make sure you keep them away. 

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.

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 likely to be wet and muddy this weekend. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails. Unbridged stream crossings may be difficult due to high water conditions. Water levels can rise quickly during heavy rain events.

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.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Summer temperatures, lots of sunshine and humidity can combine to cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke when you aren't properly prepared. Be sure to carry plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated when enjoying the outdoors. Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.


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.

Leave No Trace / 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.


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. 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. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 6/7/2018

It's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend for outdoor recreation in the Catskills! Expect generally sunny conditions Friday through Sunday with moderate temperatures. Trails will likely remain muddy and wet in places and black flies still can pose a challenge to hikers.

Forecast: Friday will be sunny with a high temperature in the mid 70s. Friday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 50 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high in the mid 70s. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low in the upper 40s. Sunshine continues on Sunday with a high around 70 degrees. On Sunday night the clear skies continue with a low in the upper 40s.

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


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

Leave No Trace / 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


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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. 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. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 5/17/2018

Spring and the black flies have arrived in the Catskills and our snow has finally melted away except for a few limited areas at the highest elevations. Trails remain wet and muddy and will become more so with the weekend's rain.

Forecast: Friday will be partly sunny with increasing clouds towards the evening. The high temperature will be in the mid 50s. Friday night rain will move into the mountains, with a low in the mid-40s. Saturday will bring heavy rains and thunderstorms with a high only in the mid-50s. Saturday night will see a continued chance for rain showers with a low around 55 degrees. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a chance for rain showers. The high on Sunday should be in the mid-50s.

Black Flies: The black flies also know it's spring and are out and ready to find hikers. Be sure to pack bug spray in your backpack.

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

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. Trails will be wet and muddy this weekend. Follow good hiking practices during the spring mud season 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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 5/11/2018

Spring has arrived in the Catskills and our snow has finally melted away. Thanks to snowmelt and recent rains, trails in the Catskills are wet and muddy in places.

Forecast: Friday will be mostly sunny with increasing clouds towards the evening. The high temperature will be in the mid 50s. Friday night rain will move into the mountains, with a low around 40 degrees. Rain and showers will continue throughout Saturday with a high only in the upper 40s. Saturday night will see a continued chance for rain showers with a low around 40 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny, but there will still be a chance to occasional rain showers. The high on Sunday should be around 60 degrees.

Warning: Saturday will be a wet, and relatively cold. The rainy, cold conditions can quickly get hikers wet and hypothermia is always a danger in situations like this. Wear layers and ensure you stay dry. If you do become wet, change into dry clothes or end your hike early if you do not have extra clothing.

Black Flies: The black flies also know it's spring and are out and ready to find hikers. Be sure to pack bug spray in your backpack.

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. Trails will be generally wet and muddy this weekend. Follow good hiking practices during the spring mud season 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 CIC 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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 5/7/2018

Spring has arrived in the Catskills and all but a few patches of snow and ice at the very highest elevations are left. By this weekend, we expect those to melted for the most part. With the melting snow and recent rains though, trails in the Catskills are wet and muddy in places.

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 excepted for very limited patches at the highest elevations. Trails will be generally wet and muddy this week. Follow good hiking practices during the spring mud season 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 also 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 CIC 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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