The rain has finally come! Trails may be wet in some areas, use caution on rocks that might be slippery. It is still advised to bring enough water and not rely on springs at this time.
This week’s Trail Conditions are brought to you by Cooperstown Dreams Park. We saw quite a bit of rain this past week so expect trails to be wet in some areas. Highs this weekend will be in the 80s with lows in the 50s. Be sure and prepare for the cooler temperatures by bringing extra layers. Patches of fog are predicted this weekend. This can make trail visibility difficult. Watch for trail markers to ensure you stay on the trail. Keeping an eye out for cliff edges and slippery rocks will also help prevent injury during wet or foggy conditions. Saturday and Sunday look like beautiful days for hiking.
Sunrise is at 6:30 am and sunset at 7:20 pm. Always remember to bring a headlamp or flashlight when you head out and never rely solely on phone flashlights.
Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Thursday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 55. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Friday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Source: National Weather Service.gov
Hike For The Catskills is underway! Do you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while helping to raise money for the Catskill Center? Then join in on this month-long hiking and fundraising event. Learn more HERE!
This week’s hiking tip:
-Don’t forget to drink water even as days begin too cool off.
It can be easy to forget to drink enough water as the temperature begins to cool. Dehydration can still happen even in cool weather. Be sure to bring enough water, take sips often, and never rely solely on springs.
Fire Danger in the Catskill Region! Most of New York State is currently experiencing a high level of fire danger due to very limited rainfall recently. Campers should limit or skip having a fire in the backcountry. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Saving water by taking shorter showers, turning off the water while shaving or brushing teeth, and repairing leaky taps or toilets. Backpackers and hikers should plan to bring more water than normal for a hike
Permits for the Peekamoose Blue Hole Riparian area are in effect!
A permit is needed for Visiting the Blue Hole, Camping at Upper / Middle/ Lower Fields, or hiking Bangle Hill or Peekamoose from the Peekamoose roadside. Permits can be found here.
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 email@example.com. 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:
- Platte Clove Road – Indian Head Wilderness (Town of Hunter) – closed November 1st to April 15th
- Roaring Kill Road – Indian Head Wilderness (Town of Hunter)
- Big Hollow Road – Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness (Town of Windham)
- Russell Brook Road – Delaware Wild Forest (Town of Colchester)
- Mary Smith Road – Delaware Wild Forest (Town of Colchester)
- Ploutz Road – Dry Brook Wild Forest (Town of Middletown)
- Molly Smith Trailhead on Route 23A – Kaaterskill Wild Forest (Town of Hunter)
DEC recommends visitors access Kaaterskill Falls by parking at the Laurel-House Road, Schutt Road, or South Lake parking areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
- 511NY road closure map (updated daily)
- Catskills Trail Conditions Facebook Group (updated regularly by locals and visitors to the area)
- Catskills 3500′ Club Facebook homepage with updates
- Ulster County Road Closures
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.
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