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 18. 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 18. 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.

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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