Catskill Park Trail Conditions - 9/6/19

Fall may not have officially begun, but evening temperatures are beginning to dip. Expect two nice days with mostly sun this weekend, highs in the upper 60s, lows in the early 50s/high 40s. Prepare for changing temperatures with an extra fleece or lightweight jacket.

Monarch butterflies are on the move this time of year.

Monarch butterflies are on the move this time of year.

Trail Conditions and Hiker Information: Most water sources should be healthy and running this weekend. Trails should be in excellent condition overall.

It’s suggested that after a day in the woods, you do a “tick check.” Thoroughly scout your arms, legs, body, hairline, and behind the ears for crawling black dots. Use a partner or else a mirror for spots you can’t see. The earlier you catch them, the better!

Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, partly sunny with a high near 69. Mild wind gusts 5-8mph. Friday night, a slight chance of showers, a low around 52. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 68. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a low around 50. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 69. Sunday night, partly cloudy with an overnight low of 47.

Outdoor Events: Catskill Center is pleased to be presenting the 4th Annual Taking Flight Conference with the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). An annual birding event for birders of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Taking Flight begins one week from today on Friday, September 13th and goes throughout the weekend. Join a bird walk or attend NYSOA’s annual meeting at the Best Western in Kingston, NY. More information and to sign up visit this link.

Peekamoose Blue Hole: A free day use permit is required to visit the Peekamoose Blue Hole on weekends and holidays now through September 15th. 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.

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, get out of the way! 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 to descend than to stay in exposed areas. Lightning Safety Tips are available for hikers from the American Hiking Society.

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.

Be Mindful of Water Ecosystems: Be sure to read the ingredients on your sunscreen and bug spray. Some chemicals in popular brands can be harmful to fragile water ecosystems.

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 Catskills Visitor Center has a new trail sign to commemorate Native Americans of the region.

The Catskills Visitor Center has a new trail sign to commemorate Native Americans of the region.

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

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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