Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 3/16/2018

Significant snow has accumulated in the mountains. Expect winter conditions on all trails across the Catskills through this weekend. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed on trails due to the current snow depth (2 to 4+ feet) across the entire region. 

Forecast: Snow showers and flurries will continue into Friday afternoon with clearing as the night goes on. The low Friday night is expected to be in the upper teens. Saturday looks to be a mostly sunny day with a high in the mid-20s. Saturday night will be very cold for the time of the year, with a low in the single digits above zero! Sunday will also be mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-20s and a low Sunday night in the low near 10 degrees.

Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (40 inches or more) at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region.

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 are closed for interior parking areas (see road and gate closure information below). Most trailheads have been plowed, but some remote lots may not be cleared. Be prepared with alternate destinations if you are unable to reach your intended trailhead parking area.

Trail Conditions: All trails are snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes. Most trails will have been traveled by this weekend, but you may find some areas require you to break trail through very deep snow.

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is very icy and snowy. Traction devices and/or snowshoes MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has ice and snow.

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. 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.

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. Also keep a shovel in your vehicle in case you need to get your vehicle unstuck.

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

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Snow Update - 3/7/2018

Today's storm is forecast to leave 16 to 20 inches of new snow across the Catskill Mountains. Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills through this weekend. Snowshoes are needed on all trails due to the current snow depth (2-4 feet). 

It is expected that by Thursday morning, the current storm will leave 16-20 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the highest accumulations on mountain summits. This is on top of 24 to 36 inches that was already on the ground from past storms. That means there will be 3-4 feet of snow on the mountain summits!

Road conditions are generally poor across the region today, as are trailhead conditions. Not all trailheads have been plowed after the prior storm. Many trailheads may remain inaccessible. Be prepared with alternate plans if the trailhead you reach is not accessible.

Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 36 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (48-inch plus) at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region.

WINTER HIKING TIPS

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.

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

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Storm Update - 3/5/2018

Winter Conditions Present in the Catskills!

There’s at least 24 inches of new snow across the Catskills thanks to a large storm on Friday, March 2nd. Many areas saw 30 inches or more and the summits of the mountains have seen even more snow!

To date, not all trailheads have been plowed out and some areas are waiting for power restoration.

If you do decide to hit the trail, be prepared for a deep snowpack and full winter conditions. If parking lots are not plowed do not block roadways or driveways.

Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (30-inch plus) at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region.

Check out some advice from the Catskill 3500 Club about the current snow conditions.

Snow is in the Forecast! Another winter storm is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday this week. The storm is expected to bring additional accumulating snow to the region. Be prepared and watch the forecast.

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). 

Trail Conditions: All trails are snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy and snowy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should 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. 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.

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

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Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions - Updated 2/9/2018

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After this week's snow, expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes will be needed at higher elevations due to a deepening snowpack. Extensive ice has formed on most trails, which the snow now hides, creating potentially hazardous conditions. Crampons should be worn on most trails where snow is not deep enough for snowshoes due to these icy conditions.

Wednesday's snowstorm left 8-10 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the most at the highest elevations. Some areas saw sleet and snow, which reduced snow totals, but created icy conditions on top of the snow.

Forecast: Snow is forecast to move back into the Catskills Friday afternoon, continuing throughout the evening and into the night. Temperatures will hover around 20 degrees all day. Snow accumulations are expected to be around an inch. Temperatures will begin to warm up overnight with snow expected to continue into Saturday before turning into a wintry mix and then rain by the afternoon. Temperatures on Saturday should top out in the upper 30s. Rain will continue overnight on Saturday with a low around 35 degrees and then into Sunday, where temperatures will be in the mid 40s. The rain will move out by Sunday night and the area will see clearing. Expect a low in the mid-20s on Sunday night.

Warning: This will be a wet, relatively cold weekend. Temperatures will be above freezing, but 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.

Expect Winter Conditions: Significant areas of snow and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from a a few inches in the valleys to more than a foot at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and will be needed in numerous icy areas. The use of snowshoes is warranted at higher elevations 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). 

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). 

Trail Conditions: This past week's cold temperatures and snow storm have re-established snow depths and allowed the continued growth of ice throughout the Catskills. Snow depths currently increase from a few inches at the lowest elevations to more than a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, ice is building on all trails. Crampons should always be carried and will likely be required along many trails. Snow depths have reached levels, especially at the higher elevations, where snowshoes should be used to avoid post-holing. 

Kaaterskill Falls Trail: The Kaaterskill Falls Trail from Route 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls is extremely icy. Traction devices MUST be worn to use this trail safely. The better option is to visit the viewing platform at the top of the Falls, accessible from the parking lot on Laurel House Road. This trail also has some ice and traction devices should 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. 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.

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

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Snow Update - 2/7/2018

Today's storm is forecast to leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskill Mountains. Expect winter conditions on trails across the Catskills. Snowshoes will be needed as the snow deepens today. Extensive ice has formed on most trails, which the new snow will now hide, creating hazardous conditions.

It is expected that today's storm will leave 8-12 inches of snow across the Catskills, with the highest accumulations on mountain summits. This is on top of 4-12 inches that was already on the ground from past storms.

Road conditions are generally poor across the region today, as are trailhead conditions. It is unlikely that trailheads will be plowed today and it may be a day or two before all trailheads are accessible.

Prepare properly for your winter hike.

Expect Winter Conditions: Following today's storm, snow depths will exceed 12 inches in most area, with even more snow depth at the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. 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 (of which there are many). Those icy areas have increased dramatically since the thaw, melt and freeze cycles of the last few weeks.

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

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