Weekend of October 6th

Last updated: October 6, 2022

Looks like some wet trail this weekend. Keep your feet dry and yourself safe by bringing waterproof boots with good traction. 

This week’s Trail Conditions are brought to you by Cesi Writes. Thursday and Friday they’re predicting showers. In combination with the wet weather we had earlier this week, you can expect trails to be pretty soggy. To keep the trails from widening make sure and walk through the middle of the trail. Wearing waterproof boots with good traction will help ensure you are able to do this. Saturday and Sunday are looking like good weather. However, temperatures are expected to be pretty low. Make sure and bring extra layers to help keep yourself warm and dry. Hunting season has started, make sure to wear brightly colored clothing so that you are visible. It is best to keep dogs on leash during this season.    

Sunrise is at 7:00 am and sunset is at 6:32 pm. Always bring a headlamp or flashlight when you and never rely solely on your phone flashlight  

Photo by Jenny Flavin

Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind. Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday: A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 61. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Source: National Weather Service.gov 

This week’s hiking tip:

– Leave what you find

This time of year it’s tempting to take brightly colored leaves or the last of the seasons wildflowers home. While it would be nice to bring this nature inside, this act takes away important food and shelter sources for animals an insects in the are. If you’d like to remember these moments we recommend taking a photo or doing an art project to remember them.  

Photo by Jenny Flavin

Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2022: the DEC has announced the return of the Catskill Fire Tower Challenge for 2022! Starting on January 1st, 2022, and going through December 31st, 2022, hikers can earn a prize and a certificate for completing all six of the fire towers in the Catskill Park: Overlook, Red Hill, Balsam Lake, Mount Tremper, Hunter, and the Upper Esopus. Learn more by visiting the Catskill Fire Tower Project website and the DEC’s Fire Tower Challenge website.

Catskills Visitor Center (CVC): in Mt. Tremper, NY is open from 9:30-4:00 pm every day including newly installed exhibits, maps, information, and a gift shop. A fire tower is located on the property as well as nature trails. Call the Visitor Center at 845-688-3369 or email info@catskillcenter.org. Visitor Center trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Hunting Season Notices: Regular hunting season has ended, however, some small game is still in season.  Please review the DEC hunting season map for specific information.

Fishing Season Notices: 

  • From October 16th to March 31st, trout fishing is permitted for catch and release only. Valid fishing licenses and artificial lures are required.
  • From April 1st to October 15th, trout fishing is permitted for harvesting with a valid fishing license. Three fish are allowed per day, with one over 12″.

Trail Register Information: (the books found inside metal boxes at the start of all hiking trails): The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages all visitors to continue to sign in and out at trail registers. These provide important information on trail usage and hiker safety.

Seasonal Roads and Trailhead Closures: The following are seasonal roads and are not maintained during winter months and are generally closed from November to April 15th of each year:

Temporary Closures: The following destinations are closed in the Catskills. For any information or clarification, please feel free to call (845) 688-3369 or email info@catskillcenter.org:

– DEC has temporarily stopped issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more (link to: the DEC’s website). As of June 11, the DEC resumed issuing permits for groups of fewer than 10 people who would like to stay for more than three nights at one location on state lands. DEC is also temporarily restricting lean-to use to members of a single household at a time.

Doubletop and Graham Access: As of Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 public access to the two peaks, Doubletop and Graham Mountain ended. We at Catskill Center are thankful to the landowners who have made their property accessible to hikers for many years and respect their decision. The Catskill 3500′ Club has decided that the remaining 33 peaks will make up the collection of Catskill mountains to be hiked for membership of the club.

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! Note that most trails will not have any garbage receptacles. Always be prepared to take any garbage back in your car with you.  

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.

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. The Visitor Center building is open from 9:30 am-4:00 pm Trails open from dawn to dusk. The CVC does require masks upon entry to the building and please remember to socially distance when visiting the trails by giving other visitors 6 feet minimum distance and wearing a mask when you meet others.

Email us at the Catskills Visitor Center: info@catskillcenter.org, or call us at (845) 688-3369. The Center’s online store carries trail maps, trail guides, and more for purchase.

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