Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Updated 4/6/2018

Winter does not want to seem to leave the Catskills! Colder than normal temperatures and snow this week have kept winter conditions present in the Catskills. Snow is falling across the region today. At higher elevations there continues to be a significant snowpack. You can expect winter conditions on most trails across the Catskills through this weekend above 2,500 feet. Snowshoes and/or traction devices are needed on those trails due to the current snow depth. Snowshoes are required for high elevation bushwhacks, as there remains a deep snowpack off trail. Icy conditions may return over the weekend as snow melts, but runoff freezes on cold nights. Low elevation trails are likely to be wet and muddy.

Snow Right Now: It is snowing lightly across the Catskills right now with expected accumulations of 2-4 inches. Road conditions are highly variable, depending on elevation and location. Be prepared for delays in driving.

Forecast: Snow will continue falling throughout the day on Friday, occasionally mixing with rain. High temperatures are expected to be around 35 degrees and snow accumulations should be 2-4 inches across the region. The low Friday night will be about 25 degrees. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high around 34 degrees. Saturday night will be very cold for this time of the year, with a low in the upper teens. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high around 33 degrees  and a low Sunday night in the lower 20s.

Expect Winter Conditions: Above 2500 feet in elevation there is still a significant snowpack, with the deepest snow at the highest elevations in the Catskills. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. The use of snowshoes is necessary throughout the region at higher elevations. Avoid postholing, which creates a dangerous situation for other users and increases your likelihood of injury.

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).

Trail Conditions: Most trails, especially above 2,500 feet in elevation are snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes. Most trails have been traveled and therefore may be packed and icy, which will require traction devices. When bushwhacking at higher elevations, snowshoes will be required.

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, may be gated closed 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) remain closed, but the gate at Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) has been opened.

The snowmobile gates at Upper Cherrytown Road and Trails End Road (Sundown Wild Forest) have been closed and locked due to lack of ice and snow cover.

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. 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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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 3/9/2018

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

Forecast: Light snow will fall across the region on Friday with a high around freezing. Snow showers and flurries will continue into Friday night with a low around 22 degrees. Snow flurries continue into Saturday with a high right around 32 degrees. By Saturday evening the skies start to clear and the low will be in the lower 20s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high in the lower to mid-30s.

Expect Winter Conditions: Above 1000 feet in elevation there is at least 24 inches of snow on the ground, with deeper snow (36 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

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 daily 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 3/1/2018

The warm temperatures are coming to an end this evening and winter is returning to the Catskills! Rain will start this evening and quickly transition to snow, with heavy snow expected in the mountains all day Friday. Total accumulations of 10-18 inches are possible with more at the highest elevations! The storm will make travel difficult, including on Saturday morning, as it is unlikely that all trailheads will be plowed out before the weekend. Extensive ice on trails will be covered by deep snow on Saturday, so snowshoes will be needed on all trails this weekend and crampons may be needed in some areas to climb icy areas.

Forecast: Rain will start Thursday night with temperatures steadily dropping to below freezing and the rain changing to snow. In the mountains, snow will fall all day on Friday with 10-18 inches of snow expected across the region. The high friday will be around freezing and the low will be in the upper 20s. Lighter snow, snow showers and snow flurries will continue throughout Friday night into Saturday morning. Saturday will be very windy with a high in the lower 30s and a low Saturday night in the mid-20s. Expect partly sunny conditions on Sunday with a high near freezing.

Warning: Friday's storm will leave significant snow across the Catskill Mountains and will make travel conditions very difficult. You should expect full winter conditions on the mountains this weekend and you will need snowshoes.

Expect Winter Conditions: Following today's storm, snow depths will exceed 12 inches in almost all areas, 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 should be carried and used in icy areas (of which there are many).

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: Tomorrow's storm will leave a foot to possibly two feet of snow across the Catskills. All trails will be snow covered to a depth that requires snowshoes. In addition there are extensive icy areas that will not be covered by snow and may require crampons to climb, even with the snowfall. 

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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