Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 2/7/19

A friendly reminder in Bluestone Wild Forest to help keep the Catskills clean.

A friendly reminder in Bluestone Wild Forest to help keep the Catskills clean.

The Catskills are seeing snowmelt and rain this week. Expect windy conditions through Sunday morning and slick trails. Saturday and Sunday should be mostly sunny.

Trail Conditions and Information: With rain until Friday morning and cold evening temperatures, trail conditions this weekend will be mixed. Snow and ice are factors on trails as well as patches of slush. Prepare for winter hiking wherever you go with traction devices. Streams will be flowing a little higher than usual.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, a chance of showers before noon, a high of 46°. Breezy with a west wind at 14-20 mph, some gusts as high as 36 mph. Low of 12°. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high of 23. Blustery. Low around 10°. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high of 30°. Low on Sunday night of 16°.

Road Status: Platte Clove Road is closed now through April. All roads in the Catskills see snow and ice—when driving, prepare for seasonal mountain weather throughout the Park.

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!

The Catskill 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 – Planning ahead for any adventure is necessary but planning ahead for a winter adventure can mean the difference between a great day out and a backcountry emergency. Warm liquids, such as tea or hot water are great for warming from the inside out. Extra layers are critical for staying dry and warm and will keep your group warm and happy. For more information visit the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

·       Keep Wildlife Wild –  Bears, and other mammals like squirrels are for the most part hibernating through the winter months. Even though many types of fauna are sleeping through the cold weather, you will still see many signs of life in the backcountry. With this in mind, keep plenty of distance between yourself and wildlife in the winter. These cold temperatures keep animals working hard to survive. Our presence can cause unnecessary stress, or worse, cause them to flee into dangerous environments such as water bodies. When in doubt, use the Thumb Trick to keep a proper distance.

·       Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet – Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Plenty of options for wintertime adventures. Using the trails for your favorite activity can lead to unintended impacts to the snowy trails. With snow on the ground, skis and snowshoes are much safer to navigate the trails while also preventing post-holing. Post-holing makes the trail incredibly difficult to use for all users and should be prevented.

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: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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 Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. Through the winter, we’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm. Come at the start of the day for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets! The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 1/31/19

With a foot or more of snow in the Catskills this past week, hiking over the next few days will be a great opportunity to bring out your snowshoes! Temperatures will continue to be very cold until Saturday, with overnight lows on Thursday and Friday below 0°.

Snowshoeing along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail

Snowshoeing along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail

Trail Conditions and Information: Freezing temperatures leading into the weekend will make for a lot of leftover snow and ice on all Catskills trails. The warmer weather on Saturday and Sunday should be optimal for snowshoeing and enjoying the ski slopes at one of the four resorts. Snowshoes will be a requirement to avoid post-holing and to stay dry above snow. Gaiters or snow pants with elastic around the ankle are also a necessity for short to long hikes to keep boots dry.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, mostly sunny with a high near 12°, wind chill values as low as -23°. Friday night will see a low around 3°, wind chill values going down to -9°. Saturday, warmer and partly sunny with a high near 31°. Saturday evening, mostly cloudy with a low of 22°. Sunday, partly sunny with a high of 36° and a low of about 32° overnight.

Road Status: Platte Clove Road is closed now through April. All roads in the Catskills see snow and ice—when driving, prepare for seasonal mountain weather throughout the Park.

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!

The Catskill 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 – Planning ahead for any adventure is necessary but planning ahead for a winter adventure can mean the difference between a great day out and a backcountry emergency. Warm liquids, such as tea or hot water are great for warming from the inside out. Extra layers are critical for staying dry and warm and will keep your group warm and happy. For more information visit the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

·       Keep Wildlife Wild –  Bears, and other mammals like squirrels are for the most part hibernating through the winter months. Even though many types of fauna are sleeping through the cold weather, you will still see many signs of life in the backcountry. With this in mind, keep plenty of distance between yourself and wildlife in the winter. These cold temperatures keep animals working hard to survive. Our presence can cause unnecessary stress, or worse, cause them to flee into dangerous environments such as water bodies. When in doubt, use the Thumb Trick to keep a proper distance.

·       Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet – Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Plenty of options for wintertime adventures. Using the trails for your favorite activity can lead to unintended impacts to the snowy trails. With snow on the ground, skis and snowshoes are much safer to navigate the trails while also preventing post-holing. Post-holing makes the trail incredibly difficult to use for all users and should be prevented.

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: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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.

Winter Hiking Opportunities: The Catskill Interpretive Center is hosting an introductory bird walk this coming Sunday, February 3rd from 10:30-11:30, total hiking distance of 1 mile. Small number of binoculars provided to share, please bring your own pair if you can.

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. Through the winter, we’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm. Come at the start of the day for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets! The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Photo credit: Jeff Senterman



Snow and VERY cold conditions in the forecast!

Snow is falling across the Catskill Park today with expected totals by Wednesday night of 6 to 10 new inches of snow. Driving conditions may be difficult at times and most trailhead parking areas will not be plowed out until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest.

Cold weather will follow the snowstorm tonight and frigid conditions will settle in the mountains for the next few days. Visitors should expect daytime temperatures in single digits Wednesday through Friday and low temperatures at night well below zero.

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: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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 Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. Through the winter, we’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm. Come at the start of the day for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets! The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 1/24/19

Ice, ice, ice! The trails this weekend are going to be slick everywhere. Thursday’s rain has primed the trails for a thick layer of ice across the Catskills. If you’re heading out be prepared with your choice of traction for boots.

Trail Conditions and Tips: With very low temperatures and sunny skies, this is going to be a good weekend for sharpening your crampons and micro spikes. Plan ahead with extra warm layers, a warm drink, and a backup plan.

With rain washing out ice this week, streams are running particularly high. Factor this in when looking at trail maps and trip planning, be prepared to turn around if a stream is too dangerous to cross.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday night, a low of 4º is to be expected. Friday, a slight chance of snow showers between 1pm and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Saturday, Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Saturday night carries the cold weather with a low of 11º. Sunday, Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Road Status: Platte Clove Road is closed now through April. All roads in the Catskills see snow and ice—when driving, prepare for seasonal mountain weather throughout the Park.

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!

The Catskill 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 – Planning ahead for any adventure is necessary but planning ahead for a winter adventure can mean the difference between a great day out and a backcountry emergency. Warm liquids, such as tea or hot water are great for warming from the inside out. Extra layers are critical for staying dry and warm and will keep your group warm and happy. For more information visit the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

·       Keep Wildlife Wild –  Bears, and other mammals like squirrels are for the most part hibernating through the winter months. Even though many types of fauna are sleeping through the cold weather, you will still see many signs of life in the backcountry. With this in mind, keep plenty of distance between yourself and wildlife in the winter. These cold temperatures keep animals working hard to survive. Our presence can cause unnecessary stress, or worse, cause them to flee into dangerous environments such as water bodies. When in doubt, use the Thumb Trick to keep a proper distance.

·       Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet – Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Plenty of options for wintertime adventures. Using the trails for your favorite activity can lead to unintended impacts to the snowy trails. With snow on the ground, skis and snowshoes are much safer to navigate the trails while also preventing post-holing. Post-holing makes the trail incredibly difficult to use for all users and should be prevented.

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: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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.

Winter Hiking Opportunities: On Saturday January 26th, Campmor and NYS Licensed Guide Moe Lemire are hosting a free 7.4 mile snowshoeing hike along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail. Find more information here!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. Through the winter, we’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm. Come at the start of the day for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets! The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 1/17/19

Sunday will be a snowy day across the Park, and Monday for MLK Day will have some of the lowest temperatures the Catskills have seen this winter.

Sunday will be a snowy day across the Park, and Monday for MLK Day will have some of the lowest temperatures the Catskills have seen this winter.

The big news for this holiday weekend is the potential for snow. As of this writing, the Catskills are forecast for about an inch of the white stuff on Friday, and significant accumulation Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Read on for more detailed weather and trail information.

Trail Conditions and Tips: With very low temperatures and significant snow accumulation, it may be a good weekend to stay indoors and keep warm. Trails and water sources will be frozen and icy and all of the trails will likely have a foot or more of snow by Sunday. Any hiking this weekend will require snowshoes and microspikes.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, a chance of snow before 10 am and a chance of snow showers from 10 to noon. High 32° and low of 13°. Accumulation an inch or less. Saturday, snow likely starting at 4 pm. Mostly cloudy with a high of 14°. Saturday night snow could be heavy at times, chance of precipitation 100%. Low of 13°. Sunday, snow and sleet, becoming all snow at 1 pm. High near 21° and a low of -6°. Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be mostly sunny and very cold. High of 5° with a low of -5°.

Road Status: Platte Clove Road is closed now through April. All roads in the Catskills see snow and ice—when driving, prepare for seasonal mountain weather throughout the Park.

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!

The Catskill 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 – Planning ahead for any adventure is necessary but planning ahead for a winter adventure can mean the difference between a great day out and a backcountry emergency. Warm liquids, such as tea or hot water are great for warming from the inside out. Extra layers are critical for staying dry and warm and will keep your group warm and happy. For more information visit the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.

  • Keep Wildlife Wild –  Bears, and other mammals like squirrels are for the most part hibernating through the winter months. Even though many types of fauna are sleeping through the cold weather, you will still see many signs of life in the backcountry. With this in mind, keep plenty of distance between yourself and wildlife in the winter. These cold temperatures keep animals working hard to survive. Our presence can cause unnecessary stress, or worse, cause them to flee into dangerous environments such as water bodies. When in doubt, use the Thumb Trick to keep a proper distance.

  • Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet – Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more. Plenty of options for wintertime adventures. Using the trails for your favorite activity can lead to unintended impacts to the snowy trails. With snow on the ground, skis and snowshoes are much safer to navigate the trails while also preventing post-holing. Post-holing makes the trail incredibly difficult to use for all users and should be prevented.

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: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the 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.

Winter Hiking Opportunities: On Saturday January 26th, Campmor and NYS Licensed Guide Moe Lemire are hosting a free 7.4 mile snowshoeing hike along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail. Find more information here!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. Through the winter, we’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 3 pm. Come at the start of the day for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets! The Center’s gift shop also carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase.  

Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

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