Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 8/1/19

This weekend will see a mixture of sun and potential rain with temperatures in the low 80s.

Buttermilk Falls in the Peekamoose Riparian Corridor

Buttermilk Falls in the Peekamoose Riparian Corridor

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Some of the main things to be aware of on trails this time of year are protecting your food from wildlife, packing extra water in case a water source is running low, and staying aware of heat and up to date on potential afternoon storms.

Do your best to monitor for things like dehydration and heat stress, both for you and your pets. Drink plenty of water, replenish electrolytes, and use sun protection like UPF clothing and hats to keep your body cool.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 81. Friday night, partly cloudy with a low around 61. Saturday, partly sunny in the morning, a small chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm. A high near 83. Saturday night, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. A low around 61. Sunday, a small chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, high near 83. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low around 55.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open 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 summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

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. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

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 Catskills Stewards 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 - One of the most important things to be aware of when camping and hiking this and all times of year is the sensitivity of wildlife that calls the forest its home. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your food from animals. If you’re camping overnight, you can do this by bringing a bear canister or hanging a bear bag 200 feet from your campsite (source: NYSDEC 7 Principles of Leave No Trace).

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: Prepare for potential lightning and thunderstorms by checking regular weather updates for your area. If you’re near a summit or a ridgeline, it is safer, for example to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available 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 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Patrick Miller

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/25/19

The weather should be mostly dry and in the 80s for the coming weekend with a slight chance of showers on Saturday afternoon.

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Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: If you’re relying on a water source or a spring that’s on a map for resupply, be prepared for the possibility that it will be just a trickle, pack extra water with you to be safe and plan to filter any water that you collect.

Even in the summer it’s a good idea to monitor body temperature and carry non-cotton layers. When Catskills towns are in the 80s, it may surprise you when you summit a mountain and it’s 10-20 degrees cooler with a strong breeze. Be aware of how much you're sweating, and if you have on a wet shirt when you get to an exposed summit, consider changing into a dry layer.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, fog before 8am, and then sunny with a high near 83. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 61. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 2pm, mostly sunny with a high near 84. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 86. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low near 64.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool. Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open 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 summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

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. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

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 Catskills Stewards 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.

Know Before You Go - Have you heard of the 4 D's of a good fire? They stand for…

Dead: Only use wood that is dead.

Down: Only gather wood that is already on the ground.

Dinky: As a rule of thumb, use wood that is thinner than your wrist/forearm.

Distant: Travel away from the campsite to lessen your impact on the immediate area where you are camping.

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 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Kerry Claire

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/19/19

A heat advisory is in effect for the region this weekend. Take extra care when spending time outdoors to stay hydrated and to minimize exertion.

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Trails and streams are getting drier as we head into the hottest parts of the summer. If you’re relying on a water source or a spring that’s on a map be prepared for the possibility that it will be just a trickle, pack extra water to be safe.

Replacing not only your water but also your electrolytes when hiking in hot weather ensures your body has enough important minerals that are lost from sweating like sodium, potassium, and calcium. Consider picking up some electrolyte replacement tablets at a local outdoor store to put into your water bottle before heading out this weekend.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, mostly sunny and hot with a high of 91. Heat index value closer to 98. Friday night, a low of 73, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7pm and until midnight. Saturday, mostly sunny and hot with a high near 94. Heat index values reaching 104. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low of 74. Sunday, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 2pm. High temperature of 95. Sunday night, mostly cloudy, low of 66.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, etc.) Sign up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a spot and reserve 7 days or less in advance. Permits can be obtained through the Reserve America Website.

Swimming: Swimming is a good way to stay cool this weekend! Places to swim in the Catskills include New York State DEC campground beaches and most streams and ponds in the Forest Preserve and surrounding area. Visit the Catskill Center’s blog for some great information about suggested swimming areas (note that some require a day use fee and not all have lifeguards—call a campground to make sure).

Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills are open 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 summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

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. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

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 Catskills Stewards 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 - Many footprints can kill plants growing on the side of a trail - yours are one set of hundreds or thousands which can compact soil and prevent seeds from taking root. Especially visiting popular areas, stay on clearly marked trails and avoid following social trails or disturbing trails that have been covered with logs or branches to help them regrow and recover.

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 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Photo by Jeff Senterman

Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 7/11/19

It should be a warm, sunny weekend in the Catskills! Prepare for warm, humid weather by bringing extra water with you on hikes and outdoor excursions.

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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): Friday, high of 81, scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then partly sunny. Friday night, low around 61, partly cloudy. Saturday, sunny with a high near 86. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low of 64. Sunday, sunny with a high near 84. Sunday night, mostly clear with a low of 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. 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 summer and a fishing license is required for anyone over 16. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.

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. The Center for Disease Control has helpful information about ticks and tick removal here.

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 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 - 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.

Most Recent Trail Update | NYSDEC Catskill Backcountry Info | CVC Online Gift Shop | Gear Suggestions