Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 6/6/19

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It’s looking to be a great weekend weatherwise in the Catskills for outdoor activities! Don’t forget that the bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and Sunday with clear skies and sunshine. Be sure to bring your insect repellent, sun protection, rain jackets, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Take part in free Outdoors Day activities at the Catskills Visitor Center on Saturday from 10-3.

Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center: The Catskills Visitor Center is one of 10 sites across New York  hosting Outdoors Day in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Governor’s Adventure NY Initiative. This free open house event on Saturday, June 8th from 10am to 3pm will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and to learn from staff and local experts. Enjoy a variety of scheduled walks and programs, plus ongoing tables and hands-on activities from local organizations, all celebrating being outdoors in the beautiful Catskills! Learn more.

Trail Conditions and Information: Stay prepared for changing weather conditions, especially unexpected rain storms, by carrying an extra dry layer and water protection. Waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended for when you encounter stretches of wet, muddy terrain.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, mostly sunny during the day with a high near 70°. Friday evening, low of 50°, clear. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 70°. Saturday night, low of 52°. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high in the lower 73°. Sunday night, increasing cloudiness with a low of 54°.

Fishing and Hunting: Fishing season is open for the spring and summer and a fishing license is required. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills have reopened for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

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: Ticks are here in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay. Check out our recommendations for tick and bug safety.

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

Travel on Durable Surfaces - It can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.

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.

Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewards help ensure the protection of this unique natural area.

Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewards help ensure the protection of this unique natural area.

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.

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.

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 Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove Saturday and Sundays.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/30/19

The view from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

The view from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

Spring continues to make its way up the mountains. The bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and 60s on Sunday. Bring your insect repellent, sun protection, rain jackets, and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Trail Conditions and Information: Stay prepared for changing weather conditions, especially unexpected rain storms, by carrying an extra dry layer and water protection. Waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended for when you encounter stretches of wet, muddy terrain.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, mostly sunny during the day with a high near 70°. Friday evening, low of 49°, clear. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 70°, increasing chance of showers after 2pm. Saturday night, low of 52°, 50% chance of showers. Sunday, a 50% chance of showers, high near 65°. Sunday night, low of 50°, mostly cloudy with 30% chance of showers.

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season closes on May 31st. Hunters must have a spring turkey permit in order to participate and a general hunting license. Fishing season is open for the spring and summer. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses and turkey permits now throughout the season.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills have reopened for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

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: Ticks are here in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay. Check out our recommendations for tick and bug safety.

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

Respect Wildlife and Protect Your Food - Animals have come out of hibernation throughout the Preserve. Help reduce human-bear conflicts whenever possible. At home you can do this by protecting your food, trash containers, and bird feeders. In the backcountry, you should always hang a bear bag or carry a bear canister when camping overnight. Bear bags can be a challenge for even the most experienced hikers, but they’re a very important part of camping. An alternative way to protect your food and scented items on a overnight backpacking trip is to bring a bear canister. There are lots of resources to be found online for practicing bear bag hangs, especially by searching for the PCT bear bag method.

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.

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.

Stewards greeting visitors to the Peekamoose Blue Hole

Stewards greeting visitors to the Peekamoose Blue Hole

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 Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at info@catskillcenter.org.

Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove Saturday and Sundays.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/23/19

The bugs are out all throughout the Catskills, from ticks, to black flies and mosquitoes. Expect highs in the 70s on Saturday and 80s on Sunday. Bring your insect repellent, sun protection, and plenty of water for enjoyment of the Preserve.

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Trail Conditions and Information: It’s a beautiful time of year to hike in the Catskills. Stay prepared for changing weather conditions, especially unexpected rain storms, by carrying an extra dry layer and water protection. Waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended for when you encounter stretches of wet, muddy terrain.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, isolated thunderstorms after 1pm, partly sunny during the day with a high near 67°. Friday evening, low of 51°, partly cloudy. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 73°, a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Saturday night, low of 58°, a chance of showers before 11pm. Sunday, a chance of showers before 8am, high near 81°. Sunday night, low of 56°, mostly cloudy.

Outdoor Events and Opportunities: This Saturday, May 25th, Catskill Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a day of events! Free and open to everyone, come to have fun and learn about the work—past, present, and future—of Catskill Center to preserve and protect the Park.

For a calendar of Catskills-wide fishing events take a look at the Catskills Trout Tales website now through the end of May.

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season is open and will continue now through May 31st. Hunters must have a spring turkey permit in order to participate and a general hunting license. Fishing season is open for the spring and summer. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses and turkey permits now throughout the season.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills have reopened for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

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: Ticks are here for the warmer weather in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay.

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

· Respect Wildlife and Protect Your Food - Animals have come out of hibernation throughout the Preserve. Help reduce human-bear conflicts whenever possible. At home you can do this by protecting your food, trash containers, and bird feeders. In the backcountry, you should always hang a bear bag or carry a bear canister when camping overnight. Bear bags can be a challenge for even the most experienced hikers, but they’re a very important part of camping. An alternative way to protect your food and scented items on a overnight backpacking trip is to bring a bear canister. There are lots of resources to be found online for practicing bear bag hangs, especially by searching for the PCT bear bag method.

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.

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.

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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Photo credit: Olivia Bernard

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/16/19

Whether you’re camping overnight or  having a campfire , the 3500’ foot rule applies. Help protect nesting bird species and sensitive plants by camping and having a fire below this elevation.

Whether you’re camping overnight or having a campfire, the 3500’ foot rule applies. Help protect nesting bird species and sensitive plants by camping and having a fire below this elevation.

Trail Conditions and Information: The Catskills have seen rain and even a light layer of snow over the last week. Plan for wet, muddy trails at all elevations and faster moving, turbid water at stream crossings. Saturday should be the driest day of the weekend.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are reopening for the season this Friday, May 17th. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, high of 65°, showers likely between 10am and 3pm. Mostly cloudy throughout the day, 60% chance of precipitation. Friday night, low of 45°, a chance of showers after 7pm. Saturday, high near 62°, mostly sunny with some mild wind. Saturday night, low of 48°, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Sunday, high near 72, small chance of showers in the early morning. Mostly cloudy. Sunday night, a chance of showers, low around 56°.

Outdoor Opportunities: On Saturday, May 25th, Catskill Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a day of events! Free and open to everyone, come to have fun and learn about the work—past, present, and future—of Catskill Center to preserve and protect the Park.

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season is open and will continue now through May 31st. Hunters must have a spring turkey permit in order to participate and a general hunting license. Fishing season is open for the spring and summer. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses and turkey permits now throughout the season.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: Starting this weekend, a free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

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: Ticks are here for the warmer weather in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay.

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.

· Travel on Durable Surfaces - In mud season it can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.

· Respect Wildlife - Animals have come out of hibernation throughout the Preserve. Help reduce human-bear conflicts whenever possible. At home you can do this by protecting your food, trash containers, and bird feeders. In the backcountry, you should always hang a bear bag or carry a bear canister when camping overnight.

· Knew Before You Go - Information is half the battle when it comes to planning and preparing. Studying your map before heading out on the trail can tell you all kinds of things: am I encountering any stream crossings on my hike? How far will I be from the nearest road? What’s the total mileage and how long should I estimate to be outside? These questions and answers will lead the way in how to pack with appropriate layers for the day, food and water, and other things like first-aid kit and headlamp.

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.

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.

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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Photo credit: Jeff Senterman

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 5/9/19

With green appearing all around the Catskills Forest Preserve, it’s a great time of year to see spring emerge and to pitch in on trail projects!

Thank you to everyone who helped plant native species and remove invasives for I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center.

Thank you to everyone who helped plant native species and remove invasives for I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center.

Trail Conditions and Information: In spite of some intermittent rain, it should be a nice weekend to be outside and on Catskills trails. Light mud and moisture throughout the Park means hiking boots are the best option for footwear. Wearing lighter color clothing and staying on established trails as much as possible will help hikers spot and avoid ticks.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are reopening for the season on Friday, May 17th. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Hunter, NY): Friday, high near 65°, occasional showers, chance of precipitation 80%. Friday night, mostly cloudy, low of 47°. Saturday, mostly sunny, high near 60°. Saturday night, low around 43°, chance of precipitation 30%. Sunday, high of 57°, rain likely after 2pm. Chance of precipitation 60%. Sunday night, low of 44°, chance of rain 70%.

Outdoor Opportunities: This Saturday, May 11th the Catskills 3500’ Club is hosting a hike of Balsam Cap and Friday. Please contact hike leader to register: michael@bongarbiz.com

For Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12th, the Catskill Mountain Club is having an Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike at Kelly Hollow. Contact hiking leader for information and to register: howardjraab@gmail.com

On Thursday May 16th, the Rip Van Winkle Hikers are hosting a maintenance hike on the Long Path from Twilight Park to Kaaterskill High Peak. For further information contact Steve Emanuel at: semanuel001@frontier.com

Fishing and Hunting: Spring turkey season is open and will continue now through May 31st. Hunters must have a spring turkey permit in order to participate and a general hunting license. Fishing season is open for the spring and summer. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) will be issuing fishing licenses and turkey permits now throughout the season.

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: Ticks are here to stay for the warmer weather in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay.

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.

· Travel on Durable Surfaces - In mud season it can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.

· Respect Wildlife - Animals have begun to come out of hibernation throughout the Preserve. Help reduce human-bear conflicts whenever possible. At home you can do this by protecting your food, trash containers, and bird feeders. In the backcountry, you should always hang a bear bag or carry a bear canister when camping overnight.

· Knew Before You Go - Information is half the battle when it comes to planning and preparing. Studying your map before heading out on the trail can tell you all kinds of things: am I encountering any stream crossings on my hike? How far will I be from the nearest road? What’s the total mileage and how long should I estimate to be outside? These questions and answers will lead the way in how to pack with appropriate layers for the day, food and water, and other things like first-aid kit and headlamp.

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.

Burn Ban in New York State: 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 NYSDEC’s website, please read the site thoroughly before having any fires during this time and help prevent springtime wildfires.

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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