Weekend of June 2
The first weekend of Pride month begins with hot temperatures and the chance of isolated thunderstorms for the Catskills. We will see partly cloudy skies with thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and a near record temperature of 87 degrees. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with thunderstorms developing after midnight and a low of 58 degrees. Saturday will be rainy with a high of 61 degrees. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 45 degrees. Sunday will be partly cloudy and 68 degrees. Sunday night will be mainly cloudy with a low of 46 degrees. Higher elevations could be much cooler so remember to carry extra layers. Did you know you can camp anywhere on Forest Preserve lands in the Catskills? Be sure to keep your tent at least 150 feet from a water body, road, or trail. Do not camp in areas where “Camping Prohibited” is posted.
Trail Conditions: This week’s trail conditions are sponsored by Catskill Water Discovery Center. Overall good trail conditions are expected this weekend. Expect some muddy sections. Friday brings near record high temps with a high of 87F and isolated thunderstorms. Saturday will be cooler and rainy, with a high of 61F. Sunday will be partly cloudy and near 70F. Prepare for your hike with proper boots and ankle gaiters, and walk directly through mud puddles to prevent trail widening and damaging fragile plants.
Sunrise is at 5:23 am and sunset is at 8:26 pm. We’ll see a Full Moon (Strawberry Moon) this weekend. Always bring a headlamp or flashlight with you in case your hike takes longer than planned, and never rely solely on your phone flashlight.
Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. Near record high temperatures. High 87F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies in the evening with isolated thunderstorms developing after midnight. Low 58F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Saturday: Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 61F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low around 45F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 68F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night: Mainly cloudy. Low 46F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
THIS WEEK’S HIKING TIP: Wear light colored clothing when you’re recreating outdoors. Wearing light colors reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorbs them (as dark colors can) and helps keep you cool. Look for shirts, shorts and pants in white, tan, or khaki.
To report a wildfire, call 1-833-NYS-RANGERS (1-833-697-7264) or contact a forest ranger in your area.
Peekamoose Blue Hole: Now through Sept 15, permits are required every day of the week to access the entirety of the Peekamoose Valley Riparian Corridor. This includes day hike access to Peekamoose and Table Mountains, camping, access to the Blue Hole, and Buttermilk Falls. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation permits can be acquired from the Reserve America website at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
NYSDEC Blue Hole information in Spanish here
Fishing Notice: Trout season runs from April 1-Oct 15. For more information, visit NYSDEC.
Hike Smart by packing the proper gear. See the NYS DEC’s recommended packing list (PDF) and safety tips.
Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) 2023 Fire Tower Challenge is under way and runs through Dec 31, 2023. Hikers can earn a prize and a certificate for climbing all six fire towers in the Catskill Park — Overlook, Red Hill, Balsam Lake, Mount Tremper, Hunter, and the Upper Esopus (at the Catskills Visitor Center). Stewardship of the fire towers is a partnership with the Catskill Center. Learn more by visiting the Catskill Fire Tower Project website and the DEC’s Fire Tower Challenge website.
Recreate Responsibly: There is an informative new set of guidelines put together by several outdoor organizations. The Catskill Center recommends following the Recreate Responsibly principles and taking precautions before, during, and after your outing.
Trail Register Information: (the books found inside metal boxes at the start of all hiking trails) The NYSDEC encourages all visitors to continue to sign in and out at trail registers. These registers provide important information on trail usage and hiker safety.
Seasonal Roads and Trailhead Closures: The following roads are seasonal roads that are not maintained during winter months and are generally closed from November to April 15 of each year:
- 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.
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: Public access to the two peaks has ended. We at the 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 club membership..
Carry In, Carry Out: The Catskill Park is a carry in, carry out park — please be sure to hike out with 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 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 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from December through March. Trails open from dawn to dusk. Email us at the Catskills Visitor Center: firstname.lastname@example.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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