Expect some wet conditions this weekend. Rain is expected through much of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Bring the rain gear and take extra precautions if you find yourself hiking during a thunderstorm.
This week’s Trail Conditions are brought to you by Silver Hollow Audio. Expect some wet trails this weekend. While the weather will be fairly warm throughout the weekend, some rain showers are expected. Be sure and pack the rain gear along with extra layers to keep yourself dry and comfortable. Take extra precautions on Friday as a chance of thunderstorms is expected in the evening. For those intrepid hikers who choose to venture out on the trails this weekend, remember to walk through the middle of the trail when encountering wet or muddy sections, this will help protect the health of the ecology and prevent trail widening.
Sunrise is at 5:28 am and sunset at 8:19 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: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Thursday Night: Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday: Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 62. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers likely between 8am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday Night: A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. (Source: National Weather Service.gov)
This week’s hiking tip:
-Watch your step!
Wet rocks in the Catskills can be extremely slippery. Make sure you are watching where you step. Be sure and have stable footing before taking your next step, and never jump or climb on rocks when they are wet.
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 road side. 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 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 email@example.com. 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:
- 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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