The snow is gradually melting as the temperatures are spending more time above freezing in the Catskills. Stay aware of and prepared for all changeable spring weather conditions by packing ample layers and rain gear.
Trail Conditions and Information: Summits and higher elevations in the Catskills will still have snow this weekend. Take micro spikes and trekking poles with you for at least the next couple of weeks to be prepared for frozen sections of trail. Temperatures during the day on Saturday and Sunday should reach the 50s. With changing temperatures in the mornings and afternoons, be sure to bring extra layers and rain protection.
Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, high of 36°, snow and sleet before 3pm. A mix of rain and snow through to the evening (chance of precipitation 80%). Friday night, a low of 33° with additional sleet, south winds 7 to 11 mph. Saturday, a chance (30%) of rain before 8am, mostly cloudy giving way to mostly sunny conditions by afternoon. High of 55°. Saturday night, a low of 37°, partly cloudy. Sunday, a high of 56°, partly sunny. Sunday night, rain likely after 2am, mostly cloudy with a low of 42°.
Fishing Season and Outdoor Opportunities: Trout fishing season has begun in the Catskills! Please take a look at Catskills Trout Tales for a calendar of hikes and fishing-related events to celebrate the season from April through May. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses now throughout the spring.
Burn Ban in New York State: From March 16th through May 14th, there is a statewide ban on open burning of residential yard or brush debris and household trash. There are a few exceptions mentioned on the DEC’s website, please read the site thoroughly before having any fires during this time and help prevent springtime wildfires.
Connect and Get Involved: DEC Wildlife Technician Emily Carrollo is coming to the Visitor Center on Saturday, April 13th from 11am to 12pm to lead an all-levels walk and discuss bears, Catskills bear safety, and wildlife tracking. All ages and abilities welcome, please visit the CVC’s site for more information!
Road Status: Platte Clove Road is closed now through April 15th. 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!
Insects and Ticks: As the temperature goes above freezing more consistently, ticks will be on the move. One of the best ways to prevent tick bites is to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through 20-30 washes.
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 adventure in colder weather can mean the difference between a great day out and a backcountry emergency. Warm liquids, such as tea or hot water are great to have with you 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 Catskills Visitor Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.
· Keep Wildlife Wild – Bears, and other mammals like squirrels are for the most part hibernating through early April. 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. These temperature inversions 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 snow-filled 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 Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) 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. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail maps, trail guides and more for purchase.
Call us at the Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.