Warning, watch out on the trails! Large rain and thunderstorms have been covering the area. Much of the Catskills currently have a flash flood watch through Friday at 4:00pm. Trails are wet and muddy and streams are full and swiftly flowing.
Trail Conditions: Trails will be a soppy, wet, muddy mess through the weekend. The Catskills have received multiple inches of rain heading into the weekend with more scattered showers expected on Sunday. Be sure to include a tick check after your excursion. Prepare for your hike with boots, gaiters, and trekking poles to ensure easy travel through the middle of muddy sections.
Weekend Weather Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 82. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday night, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 9pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Saturday night, a slight chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday, scattered showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 50%. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)
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. It is suggested to choose one person in your group to fill in the register for everyone, consider bringing your own pen or pencil, and bring hand sanitizer to use before and after touching the trail register.
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:
– The building of the Catskills Visitor Center in Mt. Tremper, NY is currently closed, however a window service on the side porch is available for visitor information from 9:30-4, every day. Staff is answering phone calls at 845-688-3369. Visitor Center trails are open. Over the weekend the Upper Esopus Fire Tower Cab is open to the public during open hours.
– 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
Doubletop and Graham Access: As of Wednesday, January 13th 2021 public access to the two peaks, Doubletop and Graham Mountain has 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.
Peekamoose Blue Hole: Permits are required every day during 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. DEC permits are required to visit this site from May 15 – September 15. Permits can be acquired from the Reserve America website at: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com
Hiking Tips to Prepare for Summer:
– Trekking poles, boots, and gaiters are useful to keep dirt and ticks out of your boots. Finish each hike or excursion outdoors with a thorough tick check.
– Summer brings the hot, hot, heat. Prep for your hike with plenty of water (at least two liters). Consider bringing a water filter on longer hikes.
– The warm weather of summer can bring with it random and isolated thunderstorms in the Catskills. Keep a close eye and ear to encroaching weather and prepare by bringing rain gear on all hikes.
– Temperatures can still get quite cold overnight. Bringing a full clothing layering system with you in your pack is essential for day hikes and overnight hikes. This includes noncotton layers, warm hat, gloves, and a “puffy” – an insulated jacket that’s easy to take on and off throughout your hike.
Recreate Responsibly: 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.
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!
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 currently closed, however trails remain open. Please remember to socially distance when visiting the CVC’s trails by giving other visitors 6 feet minimum distance and wearing a mask when you meet others.