Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 4/4/19

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.

The newly renamed Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center or CVC (transitioning from the Catskill Interpretive Center).

The newly renamed Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center or CVC (transitioning from the Catskill Interpretive Center).

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 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 - 3/29/19

Much of the Catskills saw a spring snowstorm last weekend and there is still snow and ice present on many of the higher elevation trails. Lower elevation areas will be muddy this weekend with scattered ice. Streams will be running higher as we see rain accumulation on Sunday.

Signs of spring are emerging! Expect wet trails with mixed snow and ice wherever you go in the Park this weekend.

Signs of spring are emerging! Expect wet trails with mixed snow and ice wherever you go in the Park this weekend.

Trail Conditions and Information: At higher elevations, expect snow and ice, prepare with snowshoes and micro spikes. If hiking at lower elevations there will be snowmelt, mixed ice, and mud. Wherever you plan to hike, wear good traction hiking boots and gaiters if you have them to keep moisture out of your boots.

For more information on the Catskills and the outdoors, join outdoor vendors and exhibitors this Saturday, March 30th at the second annual Catskills Great Outdoor Expo (Best Western Hotel, 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401). The event runs from 10am until 5pm.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, high of 50°, showers before 4pm (chance of precipitation 40%). Friday night, low of 43°, a slight chance of showers (40%). Saturday, high of 59°, a slight chance of showers (20%). Saturday night, low of 37°, and rain showers are likely. Sunday, high of 42°, rain and potential snow showers before 2 pm (chance of precipitation 80%). A quarter of an inch of rain possible. Sunday night, low of about 21°, and partly cloudy.

Fishing Season and Outdoor Opportunities: April 1st marks the first day of Trout Fishing season 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 Catskill Interpretive 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.

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!

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. Tick Encounter is an excellent resource for tick information from the University of Rhode Island.

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 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 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 Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) 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 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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Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

If you’ve been reading and enjoying Catskill Center’s weekly trail updates, we hope you’ll join us at our second annual Catskills Great Outdoor Expo! The event takes place this Saturday, March 30th from 10 am until 5 pm at the Best Western Conference Center (503 Washington Avenue Kingston, NY 12401).

Join us from Catskill Center and the Catskill Interpretive Center as we welcome vendors and exhibitors from all around the region. Learn new outdoor skills, meet other people in the Catskills community, and try out gear for many different outdoor pursuits. Outdoor recreation outfitters like Kenco and Campmor will be there with gear and demonstrations. Local nonprofits in conservation will be exhibiting the work they do in the area and how others can get involved. Lightly used gear will be available for purchase through Catskill Center’s gear sale. Programs will be running throughout the day on topics such as meditation, paddling, wild birds, and lots more. Tickets are $3 at the door, kids under 10 attend for free.

For more information, please visit: http://catskillcenter.org/outdoorexpo . We hope to see you there!

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 3/22/19

This weekend is a good example of the variable nature of March weather in the Catskills! At lower elevations and in the eastern section of the Park there’s a mix of rain and snow showers today, Friday. Further north and west we’re seeing a few inches of new, wet snow. Today and Saturday will be mixed with rain and snow. Sunday should be a sunny day with highs in the 40s. Prepare for changeable wintry weather.

Ice skates or micro spikes? The trail up Overlook Mountain last week.

Ice skates or micro spikes? The trail up Overlook Mountain last week.

Trail Conditions and Information: Additional rain and some scattered snow accumulation is in the forecast this weekend, the winter may be over but it’s still snowy and icy outside! Trail reports are suggesting micro spikes as well as snowshoes for patches of remaining snow on trails and snow that is coming down this week.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, high of 38°, snow before noon when it will turn to rain, 90% chance of precipitation. Friday night, snow likely, cloudy with a low of 20°. Saturday, high near 31°, a chance of snow showers between 9am and 3pm. Windy, with a northwest wind between 20 and 23 mph, some wind speeds up to 40 mph. Saturday night, a low around 22°, mostly clear. Sunday, a high near 48°, sunny. Sunday night, a low around 31°, partly cloudy.

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 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 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 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.

Ski Slope Information: I Ski NY is a great resource for up-to-date snow depth on the four Catskill Mountain slopes. Check their reports here!

Winter Hiking Opportunities: The Rip Van Winkle Hikers are hosting a 5-mile moderate hike of North Point in Haines Falls, NY on Sunday, March 24th at 8:30 am. The Catskill Mountain Club is hiking sections of the Pepacton Range to Trout Pond next week on Thursday, March 28th at 10 am. Contact group leaders for more information and to sign up!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) 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: Yanina Levchinsky-Grimmond

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 3/14/19

Expect mixed ice and slush on hiking trails this weekend.

Expect mixed ice and slush on hiking trails this weekend.

For the last full winter weekend in the Catskills this season it should be relatively warm. Showers and a high of 57 on Friday leading into the weekend will bring extra moisture and slush to trails on Saturday and Sunday.

Trail Conditions and Information: Prepare for some melting snow, slush, and mud on lower elevation trails this weekend, especially during the height of the day, and ice on higher elevation trails. Don’t forget good boots and foot traction devices! Micro spikes or trail crampons for most hikes should be enough, however for longer treks on less-traveled trails, snowshoes may be a good idea. Visit the winter hiking section of Catskill Center’s Amazon Page for some gear we recommend!

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, showers likely (80% chance), high of 57°. Friday evening, a small chance (30%) of showers, low of 31°. Saturday, partly sunny with a high near 38°, some isolated strong wind gusts up to 36 mph. Saturday evening, partly cloudy, with a low of 19°. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high of 32°. Sunday evening, partly cloudy, with a low of 17°.

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.

Ski Slope Information: I Ski NY is a great resource for up-to-date snow depth on the four Catskill Mountain slopes. Check their reports here!

Winter Hiking Opportunity: The Rip Van Winkle Hikers are hosting a 5-mile moderate hike of North Point in Haines Falls, NY on Sunday, March 24th at 8:30 am. Contact group leader for more information and to sign up.

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) 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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