Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/3/19

Heading into the July 4th holiday, expect a mixed weather weekend with Friday and Saturday seeing rain and scattered thunderstorms. Sunny conditions predicted for Thursday and Sunday. With humidity levels rising, be sure to pack extra water and consider packing extra dry layers! Visiting Peekamoose Blue Hole will require a permit on holiday weekdays and weekends through to Columbus Day.

Ferns in the Catskill Park

Ferns in the Catskill Park

Trail Conditions and Stream Information: During July, younger black bears start to go off on their own and food is in shorter supply in the woods before berries begin to grow. It’s a good time of year to ask ourselves if we’re doing everything we can to protect our food sources from wildlife (source: NYSDEC).

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. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be flowing. It’s suggested that those water sources are treated or filtered before drinking to be safe.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Thursday for July 4th, high of 88, patchy fog then mostly sunny. Thursday night, partly cloudy, low of 62. Friday, high of 87, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Friday night, scattered thunderstorms, low of 66. Saturday, heavy rain expected, high of 86. Saturday night, mostly cloudy low of 62. Sunday, mostly sunny, high of 81. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low around 56.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season (with the exception of Devil’s Tombstone, closed this year for repairs). 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.

Fishing: 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.

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 definitely present 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 and mosquitoes 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 - 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 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 - 6/27/19

Mountain laurel in bloom is a sign of the season

Mountain laurel in bloom is a sign of the season

Expect variable summer weather this weekend with a mix of sun, rain, and a chance of thunderstorms. Trails throughout the Preserve are still muddy. Prepare as best as you can with waterproof shoes, and whenever possible walk through the center of trails to avoid widening over time.

Trail Conditions and Stream Information: Mud can still be found on trails in the Catskills. Help minimize our impact by walking through the middle of trails. 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. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be flowing. It’s suggested that those water sources are treated or filtered before drinking to be safe.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 87. Friday night, a slight chance of showers with a low around 66. Saturday, possible scattered showers and thunderstorms, high near 84. Saturday night, scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then slight change of showers, low of 63. Sunday, a 40% chance of showers with a high of 78. Possible thunderstorms after 2pm with heavier rain possible. Sunday night, partly cloudy, with a low of 56.

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.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open for the season (with the exception of Devil’s Tombstone, closed this year for repairs). 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.

Fishing: 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.

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 definitely present 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 and mosquitoes 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.

· Keep Wildlife Wild – Keep plenty of distance between yourself and wildlife. Our presence can cause unnecessary stress, or worse, can cause animals to flee into dangerous environments such as across roads. When in doubt, use the Thumb Trick (Source: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics) to keep a proper distance before approaching an animal or taking a photograph.

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 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 - 6/20/19

The Platte Clove Preserve in Elka Park, NY

The Platte Clove Preserve in Elka Park, NY

We’ve had a fair amount of rainfall in the Catskills over the last week. Prepare for higher streams and buggy conditions, including mosquitoes and ticks. Saturday and Sunday should both be sunny days with highs in the mid and upper 70s, respectively.

Trail Conditions and Stream Information: This Saturday, Manitou’s Revenge is happening in the Catskills, an annual 54 mile ultramarathon that starts near Black Dome in Maplecrest, NY and finishes in Phoenicia. See the map of the race and help minimize trail impact by hiking in other parts of the Catskills (source: Catskill 3500’ Club). 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. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be flowing. It’s suggested that those water sources are treated or filtered before drinking to be safe.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday for the summer solstice, intermittent light rain in the morning, high near 73 for the day. Friday evening, clear with a low of 53. Saturday, sunny, high near 74. Saturday night, mostly clear, low around 54. Sunday, sunny with a high near 79. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low around 56.

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.

Fishing: 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.

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.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors - This can mean a few different things! When we leave natural artifacts where we find them, we allow other visitors to marvel at those same beautiful things. When we plan ahead and prepare as best as we can before an outdoor excursion, we help avoid putting ourselves or others at risk. Follow best practices and put your mind at ease to enjoy the Forest Preserve as much as possible!

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.

Catskill Center’s Stewards this season helping to keep Kaaterskill Falls clean.

Catskill Center’s Stewards this season helping to keep Kaaterskill Falls clean.

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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Photo credits: Selina Guendel

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 6/13/19

Saturday looks like a great day to be outside. Come to the Catskill Mountain Story Festival before or after your hike for some delicious food and interesting panels, presentations, and activities celebrating the stories and people of the Catskills! Expect highs in the upper 70s on Saturday, sunshine, and on Sunday a high in the 70s with showers likely.

Catskill Mountain Story Festival: The Catskills Visitor Center is having a celebration of stories in the Catskills this weekend. Enjoy panels and presentations by acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills.   This year's festival will feature performers and activities for all ages - bring the whole family and spend the day.

Trail Conditions and Stream 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. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be running from the rain we’ve had so far this season.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, high near 65°. Friday night, partly cloudy with a low near 51°. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 78°. Saturday night, a chance of showers with a low near 59°. Sunday, showers likely, a high near 77°. Sunday night, a chance of showers with a low around 63°.

Fishing: 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.

Hiker preparedness is key! Come to the Catskills Visitor Center for additional outdoor information.

Hiker preparedness is key! Come to the Catskills Visitor Center for additional outdoor information.

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.

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 - 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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