Weekend of April 21st

Last updated: April 21, 2022

We spoke too soon, a bit of winter has decided to hang in there. After last week’s snow and rainstorm. There is a bit of accumulation left at higher elevations. Be prepared with snowshoes, and microspikes. 

This week’s Trail Conditions are brought to you by Sluiter Agency Inc. Expect a real mix out there this week. There is some leftover snow from last week’s storm hanging around at higher elevations. Lower elevations will be quite muddy. Remember to always use gaiters and waterproof boots to help you stay in the center of the trail and help prevent trail-widening. The weather this weekend is expected to be fairly warm and sunny, although cooler temperatures can be expected at higher elevations. As the weekend progresses more snowmelt can be expected creating some slippery and wet conditions, be sure and watch your step out there.

Sunrise is at 6:06 am and sunset at 7:42 pm. Always remember to bring a headlamp or flashlight when you head out and never rely solely on phone flashlights. Temperatures will drop rapidly as the sun begins to sets. 

Photo by Jenny Flavin

 Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Thursday: A chance of rain, mainly between noon and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. South wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind. Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. (Source: National Weather Service.gov)

This week’s hiking tip:

-Keep feet dry and comfortable

The right gear can make a big difference. Be sure to wear waterproof boots in the spring. Ankle gaiters will also help keep your feet dry. With proper waterproof boots, socks, and gaiters, you can keep your feet warm, be steady on your feet and be able to walk in the middle of the trail to prevent additional erosion and trail damage.

Leave No Trace website for more information on hiking during mud season. 

For more spring and mud season hiking tips, please visit the Catskills Visitor Center’s website here.

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 except Tuesday 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.

DEC Notices: A burn ban is in effect from March 16 through May 14. Backyard fire pits and campfires less than three feet in height and four feet in length, width, or diameter are allowed. Small cooking fires are allowed, but only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated, or unpainted wood can be burned. Never leave any fire unattended.

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: 

  1. From October 16th to March 31st, trout fishing is permitted for catch and release only. Valid fishing licenses and artificial lures are required.
  2. 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.

For more information on responsible recreation check out the Leave No Trace 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! 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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