Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Update 9/27/2018

Saturday and Sunday should bring sunny skies back to the Catskills! Stop by the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper for trail maps and information.

Saturday and Sunday should bring sunny skies back to the Catskills! Stop by the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper for trail maps and information.

With a beautiful fall weekend ahead of us, it’s time to hit the trail! Sunny and mild temperatures during the day on Saturday and Sunday are sure to make any weekend hike ideal, albeit a little muddy.

Trail Status and Closures: 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: Over the last week the Catskills have seen a lot of rain and windy conditions. The trails are all wetter than usual, so be aware of slippery rocks and spring-like mud. We’ve had reports of downed trees and we suggest checking overhead for widow makers when setting up camp or stopping for a break. Temperatures are dropping into the 40s at night, so plan to pack fall hiking layers.

Forecast: Friday, expect minor showers in the morning turning to mostly cloudy across the park. Temperatures will reach a high of 64º Friday, at night dropping to the mid-forties. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 62. At night, expect a low of 40-41º. Sunday will also be mostly sunny with a high near 59º, with temperatures dropping to 45º at nighttime.

Hunting Season: This Monday, October 1st marks the beginning of hunting season for many species such as coyote, cottontail rabbit, and squirrel. The DEC’s website has some useful maps of New York with regional and species-specific hunting information. Hikers should plan to dress in bright colors to stay visible.

The Catskills Guide to Leave No Trace: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover the top three Leave No Trace considerations this week.

  • Know Before You Go – “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” (Benjamin Franklin) These words have incredible application to the outdoors, where failing can lead to injury or worse. This week, plan for muddy conditions, dropping temperatures, and do plenty of research on the route or area you want to visit.

  • Stick to Trails and Camp Overnight Right – While the mud puddles are getting deeper and deeper, consider wearing tall boots and gaiters. As always, the best option when encountering a muddy section of trail is to hike straight through it. This aids in preventing trail widening, plus you earned those muddy boots!

  • Keep Wildlife Wild – Fall is a sensitive time of year for all wildlife here in the Catskills. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and store food properly both at home and in the backcountry. Animals across the park are preparing for winter and may be more active than usual. Keep a particularly close eye on your food and food scraps.

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 and Ticks (Tick Safety Tips): With cooler temperatures, mosquitoes and most other biting insects are kept at bay. That said, stay alert to ticks. Ticks carrying lyme disease are present and active in the Catskills throughout the fall when the temperature is above 45º, as are other tick species. Be sure to be 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, make sure to remove it properly.

Water Sources: Reliable water sources shown on trail maps are flowing, as are most seasonal streams. You should always plan to 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 required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permit regulations are in effect now through October 15th and they 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 call the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

Photo credit: Olivia Bernard

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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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Flash Flood Watch / High Water Warning - 9/18/2018

Overnight several inches of rain have fallen across the Catskills, leading to rising streams and rivers across the region. Rain is forecast for the rest of the day, likely keeping these streams and rivers higher than normal. A Flash Flood Watch has been posted for most of the Catskills.

For unbridged trail crossings of streams and rivers, some may be difficult, if not impossible to cross during periods of high water. Plan ahead and have multiple options should your first choice impassable.

Water levels rise and fall quickly in the Catskills in response to rain, so a stream crossing that may have been okay upon starting a trail, may be difficult to impossible to cross when you return. If that is the case, do not attempt to cross the stream. Instead find an alternative route or wait for the stream levels to subside before crossing. 

High water is dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooding streams and rivers.


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.

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 9/6/2018

The Long Path traverses the Catskill Park from north to south, offering an almost 100 mile hike through the Catskill Mountains

The Long Path traverses the Catskill Park from north to south, offering an almost 100 mile hike through the Catskill Mountains

After a break in the heat and humidity on Thursday, this weekend in the Catskills is looking to be partly sunny with cooler temperatures and should be a great weekend to get outside and enjoy the Catskills!

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 have been drying since the rains earlier this summer, but some muddy spots do remain. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails when you encounter these areas.

Forecast: On Friday expect cloudy conditions with a high temperature around 75 degrees. Cloudy conditions Friday night with a low temperature around 50 degrees. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high around 65 degrees and a low Saturday night of around 45 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high temperature around 64 degrees. There's an increasing chance for rain Sunday evening and into Monday.

Early Bear Hunting Season: The Early Bear Hunting Season opens this Saturday (September 8th) and 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 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. More information on Route 23A. Route 23A is scheduled to be closed to all traffic September 17th through September 24th for repairs (read more).

Insects: After the wet stretch we've had, the bugs that bite have returned. It's always a good idea to use bug spray and to 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.

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.

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 8/30/2018

A shy Red Eft along the trail

A shy Red Eft along the trail

There's a small chance for a few showers, but Labor Day Weekend in in the Catskills is looking to be a good weekend to enjoy the great outdoors! 

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 have been drying out over the last two weeks, but some muddy spots do remain. Be sure to follow good hiking etiquette on muddy trails.

Forecast: On Friday expect partly sunny conditions a high around 70 degrees. Cloudy conditions Friday night with a low temperature around 60 degrees. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high around 70 degrees and a low Saturday night of around 65 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high temperature around 75 degrees. There's a chance for very scattered showers Friday through Sunday. Labor Day Monday looks to be partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms and a high around 80 degrees.  

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

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. More information on Route 23A.

Insects: After the wet stretch we've had, the bugs that bite have returned. It's always a good idea to use bug spray and to 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.

High Water Conditions: Due to recent 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 a heavy rain event. 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.

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.

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.

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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