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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 8/24/2018

We're happy to report that dry, sunny weather has returned to the Catskills and it is looking to be a great weekend to enjoy the Catskill Park! A heads up that our trails remain wet from weeks of rain, so expect muddy conditions throughout the Park. 

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: Trails will be wet and muddy this weekend. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 8/17/2018

Look for continued showers and storms in the Catskills over the next two days with a sunny break on Sunday. Stream and river levels remain higher than normal across the mountains. This weekend expect warm weather with the chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday. During storms, creek and river levels may rise very quickly and make a crossing impossible. Be alert for lightning dangers when storms are present. 

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. More information on Route 23A.

Forecast: On Friday expect rainy conditions throughout the day and through the night. The high will be around 80 degrees and the low Friday night will be about 65 degrees. Showers are likely throughout the day on Saturday and the the high is expected to be near 75 degrees and the low around 60 degrees. Sunday should be mostly sunny and dry with a high near 75 degrees and a low Sunday night in the upper 50s.

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.

High Water Conditions: Due to ongoing rainfall across the region water levels in streams, creeks and rivers are significantly above normal conditions. Unbridged stream crossings may be difficult due to high water conditions. Due to continue rains and water-soaked ground, the water levels in streams and creek can rise very quickly during heavy rain events. Never cross a flooded stream, it only takes a few inches of water to knock someone down. Hikers have drowned in the Catskills when attempting to cross a stream in flood. Remember, as quickly as streams rise during rain events, their flow will drop just as quickly after the rain has finished, allowing for a safe crossing.

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.

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.

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.

Swimming in the Catskills:  Want to go swimming, but don't know where to start? The Catskill Center has a handy guide to swimming areas across the region.


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 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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Becker Hollow Trail Update - 7/27/18

Please note that the trail bridge on the Becker Hollow Trail is currently closed for repairs. The bridge is located near the beginning of the trail.

Due to recent rains, water is higher than normal this time of the year and the stream crossing may be difficult to impossible for hikers during high water conditions. Plan ahead for optional routes up Hunter Mountain if this crossing is too difficult for you:

  • Hunter via Devil's Path from Devil's Tombstone parking area;
  • Hunter via Diamond Notch Trail/Devil's Path; or
  • Hunter via Spruceton Trail.

These trails are shown on Map 142 of the Catskill Trails Map Set and on the Trails Illustrated and AMC Catskill Mountains Maps.