Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 10/11/19

This holiday weekend should be beautiful. Day time temperatures are expected to stay in the 50s and 60s, with cooler overnights, and colors are at or near peak throughout most of the Park. Expect busier than normal trailhead parking areas. Plan ahead by starting your hikes earlier in the day, and consider off-the-beaten path trails to minimize crowding.

The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY offers great views of Overlook Mountain and some pleasant walking trails.

The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY offers great views of Overlook Mountain and some pleasant walking trails.

Trail Conditions: Trails will be quite ideal this weekend, mostly dry with few mud puddles. Watch the trail surface, as wet leaves and fallen acorns will increase the chance of slipping.

**Trail Closure Alert** The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has closed the section of the Devil's Path hiking trail beginning from the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Twin Mountain summit due to dangerous conditions resulting from recent vandalism of the steel rungs that were installed on the trail in August 2019. Although the Devil's Path trail will be closed on the western approach to Twin Mountain, hikers may still access the summit from the east utilizing the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail from Prediger Road or via the Devil's Path from Indian Head Mountain.

Most of the Catskills are seeing peak foliage this weekend.

Most of the Catskills are seeing peak foliage this weekend.

Fall Foliage:  Colors are spreading across the Catskill Park. This weekend the Park is at or near peak. Keep an eye on the I Love NY, Fall Foliage Report to keep in the know for statewide foliage progress.  

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, partly sunny, a high near 62. Friday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 1. Partly sunny with a high near 67. Saturday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 41. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 65. Sunday night, partly cloudy with a low around 43. Monday for the holiday, sunny with a high near 67. Monday night, mostly clear with a low around 39. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: The NYSDEC has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes throughout the fall.

A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening now through Monday, October 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

Upper Esopus Fire Tower: The Upper Esopus Fire Tower here at the Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457) is officially open! The cab will open weekends from 9 am until 4 pm through mid-November. Weekdays please feel free to climb the tower to below the cab for a great view of the area.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve.

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.

Hunting: October first marks the beginning of deer hunting season in New York. At the moment bowhunting is in season for dear and bear, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing through the remainder of the hunting 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!

The Catskills Stewards Hiking 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 hike safe consideration this week. Stewards are still on location this season at Kaaterskill Falls. Stop by to say, “hello” on weekends.

Bring a Bandana – Especially during hunting season, a brightly colored bandana is a critical piece of gear . Not only does this make you more visible on the trail, bandanas are also helpful in emergency situations. Wound care, a sweat cloth, and a way to fix gear, bandanas are multi-purpose pieces of kit. Consider one for your next adventure.

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.

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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.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - Trail Closure Alert - Twin Mountain/Devil's Path

**Trail Closure Alert**

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has closed the section of the Devil's Path hiking trail beginning from the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Twin Mountain summit due to dangerous conditions resulting from recent vandalism of the steel rungs that were installed on the trail in August 2019. The Department installed the steel rungs to assist hikers with climbing a difficult rock face, found just below the peak, and to reduce the amount of environmental degradation resulting from visitors seeking an alternative route. The vandalism has created a safety hazard for visitors utilizing this section of trail. This trail will be temporarily closed until appropriate measures are taken to rectify the situation.

Although the Devil's Path trail will be closed on the western approach to Twin Mountain, hikers may still access the summit from the east utilizing the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail from Prediger Road or via the Devil's Path from Indian Head Mountain.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 10/4/19

Colors are close to peak. This weekend is going to be ideal for getting outside in the park for fresh air and foliage. Saturday looks to be a gorgeous sunny day, perfect for a day of fun.

Visitors can take in the sights of the Upper Esopus, at the new fire tower at the Catskills Visitor Center.

Visitors can take in the sights of the Upper Esopus, at the new fire tower at the Catskills Visitor Center.

Trail Conditions: Water sources are slowly returning, thanks to a rainy Thursday. Nevertheless, pack extra water to be on the safe side. Trails will be quite ideal this weekend, mostly dry with few mud puddles. Watch the trail surface, as wet leaves will increase the chance of slipping.

**Trail Closure Alert** The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has closed the section of the Devil's Path hiking trail beginning from the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Twin Mountain summit due to dangerous conditions resulting from recent vandalism of the steel rungs that were installed on the trail in August 2019. The Department installed the steel rungs to assist hikers with climbing a difficult rock face, found just below the peak, and to reduce the amount of environmental degradation resulting from visitors seeking an alternative route. The vandalism has created a safety hazard for visitors utilizing this section of trail. This trail will be temporarily closed until appropriate measures are taken to rectify the situation. Although the Devil's Path trail will be closed on the western approach to Twin Mountain, hikers may still access the summit from the east utilizing the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail from Prediger Road or via the Devil's Path from Indian Head Mountain.


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Fall Foliage:  Colors are spreading across the Catskill Park. This weekend is very close to peak color. Higher elevations have the most vibrant hues. Keep an eye on the I Love NY, Fall Foliage Report to keep in the know for statewide foliage progress.  

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Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, a slight chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night, patchy frost after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light north after midnight. Saturday, patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind. Saturday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Sunday, a chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Sunday night, showers likely, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 70%. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes now throughout the fall.

A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

The Upper Esopus Fire Tower is officially open to the public! Swing by the Catskills Visitor Center on Rt. 28 in Mt. Tremper today.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve.

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.

Hunting: October first marks the beginning of deer hunting season in New York. At the moment bowhunting is in season for dear and bear, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing through the remainder of the hunting 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!

The Catskills Stewards Hiking 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 hike safe consideration this week. Stewards are still on location this season at Kaaterskill Falls. Stop by to say, “hello” on weekends.

Rock a Bandana – A brightly colored bandana is a critical piece of gear during hunting season. Not only does this make you more visible on the trail, bandanas are also helpful in emergency situations. Wound care, a sweat cloth, and a way to fix gear, bandanas are multi-purpose pieces of kit. Consider one for your next adventure.

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.

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.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 9/27/19

Between the fall colors starting to emerge, festivals to enjoy, and the cool, dry temperatures, there’s hardly a better time to be outdoors in the Catskills. Continuing following best Leave No Trace practices whether you’re in the woods or out and encourage others to do the same!

Driving the Route 28 Scenic Byway is a terrific way to see the Catskill Mountains in their fall splendor.

Driving the Route 28 Scenic Byway is a terrific way to see the Catskill Mountains in their fall splendor.

Trail Conditions: In the Catskills and region-wide it’s been very dry the last few weeks. If you’re relying on a water source on a map while out hiking, prepare for the possibility that it will be running lower than usual. Pack extra water to be safe! If you’re planning to have a fire at a designated site, be aware that the risks of forest fire go up when conditions are drier. Please visit the DEC’s site Fire Safety When Camping for more information.

Fall Foliage: Throughout the state, colors are emerging! I Love NY has a great, weekly-updated Fall Foliage Report to keep you in the know about the best areas to see leaves changing.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 69. Friday night, mostly clear, low around 51. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high of 77. Saturday night, low of 56, scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 69. Sunday night, mostly clear, low around 45. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes now throughout the fall.

A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

This weekend on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th the Garlic Festival is happening in Saugerties, NY.

Here at the Catskills Visitor Center, we’re having a fun, family-friendly afternoon on Saturday the 28th. Popcorn and a Show! from 1-3 featuring a science show, live music, and free popcorn all happening in our outdoor facilities.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve!

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.

Hunting: September marks the beginning of the hunting season in New York. At the moment bear hunting is in effect, as is small game including Ruffed Grouse. Before hunting, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing.

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 hike safe consideration this week.

How to Positively Influence Your Friends to Leave No Trace: “Wild nature can be said to have its own authority. Nature has her own rules… Wilderness areas are among the few places on earth where we have agreed to allow nature, for the most part, to operate on her own terms.” Authority of the Resource Technique will become your new best friend for defending the outdoors while removing the tension that can often occur in these situations!

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.

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.

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Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 9/20/19

Fall in the Catskills – Fewer crowds, beautiful weather, vibrant foliage, and dry trails. Come experience the Catskills in their prime.

The leaves are beginning to change in higher elevations.

The leaves are beginning to change in higher elevations.

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 56. Light northwest wind. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind. Saturday night, mostly clear, with a low around 57. Sunday, sunny, with a high near 82. Sunday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 61. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)

Regional Outdoor Events: Join us for Catskill Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala this Saturday, September 21st. Happening in Arkville, NY, this year there will be a historic train ride, live music, food, and drink at the Union Grove Distillery, fireworks and more! Please click here for more information and to sign up.

A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve!

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.

Hunting: September marks the beginning of the hunting season in New York. At the moment bear hunting is in effect, as is small game including Ruffed Grouse. Before hunting, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing.

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 Hiking 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 hike safe consideration this week.

Wrap that Water Bottle - Before your next hike, canoe, or adventure take the time to wrap some duct tape around your water bottle of choice. The glue will stay protected while the tape is sticking to itself. Not to mention, you’ll be ready for a spontaneous trailside repair!

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.

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.

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