Catskills Hiking Trail Status and Conditions

Information on conditions and status for trails in the Catskills is below. You can Jump Direclty to Trail Alerts.

 

Map Updates: Due to the ever-changing nature of trails, our maps, even if accurate when published, may not show new or relocated trails that have been established after the map was printed.  Any changes, omissions, or other updates that are not included on the published map set and that are important for hikers to be aware of will be posted here.  If you have any errors or updates to report for the maps, please email us and your information will be passed to our cartographer for future map updates. 

Trail Questions: If you have any trail condition related questions or updates to report, please contact our Catskills regional office staff (or 518.628.4243).  Our staff are available to answer trail, hiking and general backpacking questions for the Catskill Mountains region.

Reporting Trail Problems: Looking to report a serious trail issue you came across while hiking in the Catskills?  Please use our Trail Report Form to pass the information along to us.  We will use the information that you provide to mobilize our trail maintainers and crews if necessary.  If it is not a trail we currently maintain, we will pass the information along to the appropriate partners and we will also use your information to post any relevant updates here on our Trail Updates page. 

Trail Conference Information & Resources for the Catskills: The Trail Conference maintainers a number of different pages and resources for the Catskills.  Visit our main Catskill Mountains Page or our Catskill Mountains Trail News and Programs to learn how the Trail Conference works in the region to build, maintain and improve trails and lean-tos, secure open space, support the Catskill Park and works with local communities increase economic development through non-motorized outdoor recreation.  You can also follow the Trail Conference's Catskills Region on Facebook and on Twitter (@NYNJTCCatskills) for trail information and updates.

Trail Information, Conditions and Status: The information provided below is fairly general in nature, and while it is updated regularly, it may not reflect current specific conditions. The local Forest Ranger is the source for more current and specific information. To contact the Forest Rangers for Region 3 (Ulster & Sullivan Counties), please call the NYSDEC's New Paltz regional office at (845) 256-3026.  For Forest Rangers in Region 4 (Greene and Delaware Counties), please call the NYSDEC's Schenectady regional office at (518) 357-2161.  Make sure to report back country emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Forest Rangers.

WEATHER: Local weather conditions can be obtained from the Albany National Weather Service site (NWS), along with the Hudson Valley Weather website (HVH), which provides local conditions and weather discussion for areas throughout the Valley and the Mountains.  NOTE: Weather conditions on mountain summits can be significantly different from conditions in the Hudson Valley or even the mountain valleys.

WARNING: Wilderness conditions can change suddenly. All users should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; you should always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods before entering the back country. Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough - they are not maintained as park walkways - wear proper footwear!

REMEMBER: Weather and trail conditions can change rapidly, especially during fall, winter and spring. Plan and prepare accordingly.

ALWAYS: Inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return.  Always sign in at the Trail Registers provided at trailheads.  This information is used by Forest Rangers should you not return when expected to narrow a search.

 


 TRAIL ALERTS


 Ongoing Trail & Trailhead Status Notices

 

Beaver Kill Road Access: The Town of Hardenburgh has posted the end of the Beaver Kill Road as "seasonal use" and is no longer plowing the road beyond the Mongaup-Hardenburgh Trailhead during the winter months.

Platte Clove Mountain Road: The Platte Clove Mountain Road between West Saugerties and Elka Park has been closed for the winter season.  Alternate access to the Platte Clove area and the Devil's Path is via Route 23a and County Route 16.

General Trailhead Access & Parking: During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult and access roads and trailheads may not be plowed immediately after a storm. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not park in areas clearly marked "No Parking," do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  The Catskill 3500 Club maintains a page on parking guidelines in the winter, which is a good resource for visitors.

 

Current Catskills Trail & Trailhead Conditions

Updated 3/4/2015

 

March 4, 2015 Update: Light snow fell across the Catskills earlier this week, followed by rain and warmer temperatures today (Wednesday). Colder temperatures and some snow return on Thursday.  This will result in a hard crust on the snowpack across the Catskills.  The weather on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is expected to be generally quiet, but seasonally cold.  Daytime temperatures are expected to be in the twenties and nightime temperatures in the teens and single digits.  There's a chance for some snow flurries on Sunday across the region. 

There is currently a deep 2 to 4 foot snowpack throughout the Catskills (the deepest at the highest elevations), Snowshoes or cross-country skis are required for anyone using the trails to avoid post-holing and possible injuries, especially with the expected crusty snow conditions. Please Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  Make sure you are properly prepared for being outside in the deep snow, cold temperatures, and winter weather conditions.  The Catskills in the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared in these conditions.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


February 26, 2015 Update: Light snow has been falling across the Catskills this week, leaving at most a few inches of new snow across the region.  The weather on Friday and Saturday is expected to be quiet, but cold.  A winter storm is forecast to start impacting region on Sunday afternoon.  Friday and Saturday, daytime temperatures are expected to be in the teens and nightime temperatures in the single digits above and below zero.  Temperatures will moderate slightly on Sunday as the storm approaches with highs in the low 30s and lows in the 20s. 

There is currently a 2 to 4 foot snowpack throughout the Catskills (the deepest at the highest elevations), Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed for anyone using the trails to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  Make sure you are properly prepared for being outside in the deep snow, cold temperatures, and winter weather conditions.  The Catskills in the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared in these conditions.

The windy conditions have also led to signficant drifting and moving of snow across the mountains.  It is likely that even with trails that have been previoulsy broken out by hikers and skiers, snow has drifted back over in windswept areas.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


 

February 19, 2015 Update: There have been several small snowfalls this week, leaving a few inches of fresh snow.  Another storm is forecast to impact the region on Saturday night and Sunday with with a wintry mix and some rain.  The forecast for Friday is for quiet, but very cold weather with daytime temperatures in the teens and nightime temperatures in the single digits below zero both.  Snow is forecast for Saturday evening with moderating temperatures.  Sunday is expected to have a wintry mix with sleet, ice and rain, eventually turning back to snow in the evening. High temperatures are expected to the 30s with lows in the 20s.  

 

If Sunday's storm turns out to be more rain than snow, there is a chance for flash flooding due to quick snowmelt.  Keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly.

 

With 2 to 4 feet of snowpack throughout the Catskills (the deepest at the highest elevations), Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed for anyone using the trails to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  Make sure you are properly prepared for being outside in the deep snow, cold temperatures, and winter weather conditions.  The Catskills in the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared in these conditions.

 

The windy conditions have also led to signficant drifting and moving of snow across the mountains.  It is likely that even trails that have been previoulsy broken out by hikers and skiers, has drifted back over in places and you will have to break new trail in places.

 

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas

 

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

 

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


February 13, 2015 Update: There was light snow across the Catskills yesterday, leaving a few inches of fresh powder on top of the already deep snowpack.  Another winter storm is forecast to impact the region on Saturday with generally light snowfall of a few inches.  The forecast for Friday is for quiet, but very cold weather with daytime temperatures in the teens and nightime temperatures in the single digits above and below zero both.  Snow is forecast for Saturday with continuing cold temperatures.  Sunday is expected to be quiet, but frigid with high temperatures to remain in the single digits and low temperatures well below zero.  It is also expected to be quite windy on Sunday, leading to dangerously cold wind chill temperatures.

With 2 to 4 feet of snowpack throughout the Catskills (the deepest at the highest elevations), Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed for anyone using the trails to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  Make sure you are properly prepared for being outside in the deep snow, frigid temperatures, and winter weather conditions.  The Catskills in the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared in these conditions.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


February 9, 2015 Update: Snow is falling at a steady rate throughout the Catskills. The forecast calls for up to a foot of snow across the area.  Road and travel conditions are variable and access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible for the next few days. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck. Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas and be aware that it may be several days before all access roads and parking lots for trailheads are plowed after the conclusion of this storm.

Following this storm temperatures are expected to get steadily colder this week. Be prepared for deep snowpack of between 2-4 feet of snow throughout the Catskills depending on elevation (higher snow depths at higher elevations) and expect frigid temperatures not rising out of the single digits by Friday and the weekend.

There is a chance for additional snow on Thursday.

Snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed for anyone using the trails to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  Make sure you are properly prepared for being outside in the deep snow, frigid temperatures, and winter weather conditions.  The Catskills in the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared in these conditions.


February 5, 2015 Update: A few inches of new snow fell across the Catskills overnight.  This snow fell on what was already a deep snowpack throughout the Catskills. Another winter storm is forecast to impact the region on Sunday and Monday, with the potential for a significant snowfall.  The forecast for Friday and Saturday calls for quiet, but cold weather. Daytime temperatures will be in the teens and nightime temperatures in the single digits above and below zero both Friday and Saturday night.

There is now well over two feet of snow on the ground in most places in the Catskills with even deeper snowpack at the highest elevations. Snowshoes are needed for hikes to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas and be aware that it may be several days before all access roads and parking lots for trailheads are plowed after the conclusion of this storm.

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  The Catskills in th winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

Attend our free hiking skills workshop on Sunday, February 8 to learn how to safely hike in the Catskills!


February 2, 2015 Update: Today's winter storm will likely leave at least a foot of new snow throughout the Catskills, with higher amounts in the higher elevations of the eastern Catskills.  The storm should taper off this evening and be followed by below zero temperatures tonight and quiet weather tomorrow. Temperatures will moderate slightly for the rest of the week, but expect daytime temperatures in the teens and nightime temperatures in the single digits above and below zero. Snow showers are expected Wednesday and Thursday.

There is now over two feet of snow on the ground in most places in the Catskills. Snowshoes are needed for hikes to avoid post-holing and possible injuries. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailheads may be difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas and be aware that it may be several days before all access roads and parking lots for trailheads are plowed after the conclusion of this storm.

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  The Catskills in th winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. Our Winter Hiking Tips offer more information on how to be prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

 

January 28, 2015 Update: This week's snowstorm left several inches of new snow throughout the Catskills and a storm this Friday will likely leave a couple of more inches of snow. Expect deeper snowdepths the higher you are on Catskills summits.  At higher elevations there is likely well over a foot snow.  Snowshoes will be needed for most hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections in some areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult, if not impossible.  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas.

The weather forecast calls for snow Friday morning, a quiet day on Saturday and the potential for more snow on Sunday.  Expect daytime temperatures in the teens with temperatures cooler at higher elevations through Sunday.  Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits both Friday and Saturday night.    

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


January 27, 2015 Update: The majority of the winter storm stayed to the east of the Catskills with 3-6 inches falling throughout most of the area (with slightly higher amounts at higher elevations).  Given recent snowfalls, there is enough snow throughout the Catskills that snowshoes will be needed for traveling on all trails.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.  For the rest of the week expect cold temperatures in the teens during the day and single digits at night with strong wind gusts that will blow and drift snow.  Another small snowstorm is expected on Friday.


January 26, 2015 Update: A major winter storm will begin impacting the Catskills today, continue through tomorrow and has the potential to have impacts through Wednesday.  The Albany office of the National Weather Service forecasts for the Catskills region, watch their forecasts before heading out.  Expect heavy snow with total accumulations of over a foot.  Temperatures will be in the mid-teens and there could be strong winds and even stronger wind gusts.  Expect blowing and drifting snow that will make driving difficult and may make hiking some trails nearly impossible.  We do not suggest traveling to or hiking until after the storm has passed.

During the winter months, especially during winter storms such as the one we will be having this week, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult, if not impossible.  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas and be aware that it may be several days before all access roads and parking lots for trailheads are plowed after the conclusion of this storm.

Following the storm there will be a significant amount of snow throughout the Catskills and snowshoes will be needed for all trails.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

 

January 22, 2015 Update: Following a wintry mix earlier this week, there have been some light snowfalls, but no major snowstorms in the last several weeks.  At higher elevations there is likely at least some snow of significant depth on the highest summits. With the cold temperatures following the wintry mix, any snow is well packed and icy.  In addition, there are signifcant icy areas along trails even where there is no significant snow, therefore crampons or other traction devices will generally be needed in all areas and on all trails.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

The weather forecast calls for quiet and clear weather on Friday, a snowstorm on Saturday with cloudy weather on Sunday. Daytime temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nightime temperatures Friday and Saturday night will be in the teens and twenties.  Saturday's snowstorm has the potential to be a moderate storm, leaving several inches of snow across the Catskills.  Visitors should stay tuned to the local forecast and watch the development of this storm before embarking on a hike.

Depending on the amount of snowfall from Saturday's storm, snowshoes may be required for hiking on Sunday.

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

 

January 15, 2015 Update: There was a storm in the Catskills on Monday that deposited several inches of snow, along with sleet, freezing rain and rain.  Prior to that event, there was an existing snowpack and there has been scattered snow showers over the past week.  At higher elevations there is likely up to a foot of snow on the highest summits. With the cold temperatures of the past week following the wintry mix on Monday, any snow is well packed and icy.  In addition because of the ongoing cold temperatures, there are signifcanty icy areas along trails even where there is no significant snow, therefore crampons or other traction devices will generally be needed in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

The weather forecast calls for quiet and clear weather on Friday and Saturday with cloudy weather and rain by Sunday afternon. Daytime temperatures will be in the 20s on Friday and Saturday and in the upper 30s on Sunday.  Nightime temperatures Friday and Saturday night will be in the single digits.

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.  Refer to the Catskill 3500 Club's page on parking guidelines in the winter for more information on individual parking areas.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


January 8, 2015 Update: There have been no major snowfalls in the Catskills this week, but there is an existing snowpack and there have been small snowfalls over the past week.  At higher elevations there is likely about a foot of snow on the highest summits. Snowshoes are likely needed for some hikes.  With the frigid temperatures of the past week, there has been signifcant icing conditions on the mountains and any previoulsy wet areas have frozen, therefore crampons or other traction devices will generally be needed due to icy trail sections in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.

The weather forecast calls for a fair day in the upper 20s to low 30s on Friday with some snow showers in the morning, a partly cloudy day on Saturday in the 20s, and a cloudy Sunday with temperatures in the upper 20s with snow showers by the afternoon.  Temperatures are expected to be in the single digits to low teens at night during that time .    

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

 

January 1, 2015 Update: Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Due to rain last week and warmer temperatures, the majority of the snow in the Catskills at all but the highest elevations has melted.  At higher elevations (2700'+) there is likely some snow in places, but due to the rain, melting and now refreezing in the colder temperatures, crampons, microspikes or other traction devices will be needed more so than snowshoes.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

In areas of complete snowmelt, trails will be likely be wet and icy as a return to colder conditions has allowed for refreezing.  

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.

The weather forecast calls for a fair day in the 30s on Friday, a cloudy day on Saturday in the 30s ending with snow and rain, and a rainy Sunday with temperatures in the 40s.  Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s to lower 30s Friday and Saturday night.    

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


December 25, 2014 Update:  Merry Christmas!

Due to rain on Wednesday and Thursday, a majority of the snow in the Catskills at all but the highest elevations has melted.  At higher elevations (2700'+) there is likely at least a foot of snow in places.  Due to the rain and melting, crampons or other traction devices will likely be more handy than snowshoes (which may still be needed in some areas) due to icy conditions.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

In areas of complete snowmelt, trails will be wet and muddy for the weekend.  Proper precautions should be taken to protect the environment surrounding the trail while you are hiking during muddy periods - walk through muddy areas, not around and be aware that wet rocks on trails can be very slippery.  

The combination of snow melt with heavy rain this weekend has lead to sharp rises on rivers,creeks and streams.  Hikers should use caution when crossing unbridged streams as a crossing may not be difficult during low water, but can be very difficult, if not impossible in high water.

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.

The weather forecast calls for a quiet weather pattern through Sunday with no major precipitation. Expect daytime temperatures in the 40s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations through Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s both Friday and Saturday night.    

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


December 18, 2014 Update:  There have been no major snowfalls in the Catskills this week, but there is an existing snowpack.  At higher elevations there is likely well over a foot of snow on the highest summits of the Catskills.  Snowshoes are needed for most hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

Due to winter conditions, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult,  Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.  It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.

The weather forecast calls for a quiet weather pattern through Sunday with no major precipitation. Expect daytime temperatures in the 30s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations through Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20s both Friday and Saturday night.    

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


December 11, 2014 Update: This week's nor'easter left anywhere from 10" to over 16" of snowfall depending on your location and elevation in the Catskills.  Expect deeper snowdepths the higher you are on Catskills summits.  At higher elevations there is likely over two feet of snow on the highest summits of the Catskills due to pre-existing snow cover before this week's storm.  Snowshoes are needed for most hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

It is possible that some of the trailhead parking areas will not be cleared before the weekend and some secondary roads may also not be completely cleared.  Access and parking to many of the parking lots may be difficult, if not impossible until such time that they are plowed and cleared.  Obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.

The weather forecast calls for a quiet weather pattern through Sunday with no major precipitation. Expect daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 30s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations through Sunday.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20s both Friday and Saturday night.    

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

Need to update your winter hiking skills? We are offering a free workshop at 1pm this Sunday (the 14th) at Spillian in Fleischmanns.  The public is welcome to attend, we just ask that you pre-register so we can maintain a headcount.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


December 10, 2014 Update: The nor'easter that began yesterday has left a mix of wintry conditions across the Catskills with the lowest elevations receiving little snow and mostly rain, but the higher elevations with snow depths so far of 6" to 12" depending on location and elevation.  The forecast continues to call for continued snowfall and unsettled weather through Friday.  If you are visiting the Catskills this week, be prepared for snowy, winter conditions.   Snowshoes are needed for higher elevation hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

If you are hiking in the Catskills this weekend, we will provide updated conditions through Friday for visitors.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

 

December 4, 2014 Update: There has been little snowfall and accumulation this week in the Catskills.  In the valley's of the Catskills, there is little snow on the ground.  At higher elevations there is likely at least a foot of snow on the higher summits of the Catskills.  Snowshoes are likely needed for higher elevation hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections in all areas.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

The weather forecast calls for increasing clouds during the day and a wintry mix, changing to rain overnight on Friday, scattered rain showers on Saturday, with warming temperatures and dry conditions on Sunday.  Expect daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 30s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations over the weekend.  Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 30s both Friday and Saturday night.    

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.


November 27, 2014 Update: Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday's snowstorm left 6 to 10 inches with higher amounts at elevation, of snow throughout the Catskills. At higher elevations this snow, along with pre-existing snow accumulation likely means that there is at least a foot of snow on the summits of the Catskills.  Snowshoes are needed for higher elevation hikes and crampons or other traction devices may be needed due to icy trail sections.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

Because today (Thursday) is a holiday, it is unlikely that many of the trailhead parking areas will be cleared before Friday.  Access and parking to many of the parking lots may be difficult, if not impossible until such time that they are plowed and cleared.  Obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along roadways during the winter month), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike.

The weather forecast is for dry and seasonal conditions Friday, scattered snow showers on Saturday, with warming temperatures and the potential for wintry mix of precipitation on Sunday.  Expect daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 20s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations on Friday and Saturday.  Temperatures are expected to be in the teens both Friday and Saturday night.  Temperatures will moderate on Sunday into the upper 30s.  

Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Hiking Tips for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Remember to use snowshoes when there is more than a few inches of snow to avoid post-holing along a trail and have crampons or other traction devices with you in case of icy areas along trails.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

 

November 20, 2014 Update: While it has been cold, the Catskills have escaped most of the lake effect snows of the past week.

Tips for Enjoying Winter Hiking and NatureThe weather forecast for a slight chance for scattered snow showers during the day Friday and then again Saturday night, with the potential for wintry mix of precipitation on Sunday.  Expect daytime temperatures in the mid to lowers 30s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations on Friday and Saturday.  Temperatures are expected to be in the low teens both Friday and Saturday night.  Temperatures will moderate on Sunday.  Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder fall/winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

There is no significant accumulated snow on the trails throughout the Catskills this weekend, however cold temperatures over the past week have likely allowed for the build up of ice along wet sections of the trails.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Be aware that fallen leaves and light snow accumulation on the trail can hide a multitude of hazards such as loose rocks, depressions and other obstacles.  In addition, leaves can be very slippery, especially when wet.  Hike with extra caution on leaf covered trails to avoid the potential for injury.

As conditions in the Catskills become colder and more snowy, be prepared for winter conditions in the Catskill Mountains: 

  • Know
    • Your own physical capabilities, knowledge of backcountry recreation and skill level
    • The distance you plan to travel and the terrain and conditions you will encounter
  • Check (before entering the backcountry)
    • With the Local Forest Ranger (Region 3 & Region 4) for current information
    • Current weather conditions, snow depths and short-term forecast
  • Wear
    • Winter hiking boots
    • Cold weather outer wear
    • Layers of non-cotton clothes
    • Hat and gloves or mittens
  • Carry
    • Traction devices and crampons and use when warranted
    • Snowshoes or skis and use in snow depths of 8 inches or more
    • Map and compass - know how to use them and use them!
    • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
    • Plenty of food and water
  • Pack
    • Extra clothes and socks
    • Ensolite pad to rest on and insulate your body from cold surfaces
    • Bivy sack or space blankets for extra warmth
    • Fire starter supplies - waterproof matches, butane lighter, candles, starter material, etc. 
  • Always inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return


November 14, 2014 Update: The Catskills are leafless and ready for winter, with several light snowfalls over the past few weeks.

The weather forecast for a slight chance for scattered snow showers Friday night and Saturday morning, with the potential for scattered rain and snow showers on Sunday.  Expect daytime temperatures in the upper 30s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to lower 20s at night.  Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder fall/winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

Thursday night (11/13) there was a light snowfall across the Catskills with 2 to 3 inches of accumulation.  It's likely that some snow will remain at higher elevations, but there is no significant accumulated snow on the trails throughout the Catskills this weekend.  Temperatures have not been cold enough for the build up of significant ice along trails.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Be aware that fallen leaves and light snow accumulation on the trail can hide a multitude of hazards such as loose rocks, depressions and other obstacles.  In addition, leaves can be very slippery, especially when wet.  Hike with extra caution on leaf covered trails to avoid the potential for injury.


November 6, 2014 Update: Foliage season is over in the Catskills with all areas leafless and ready for winter.

The weather forecast for unsettled conditions with a chance for wintery conditions (rain, snow and sleet) during the day on Friday and again Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Expect daytime temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20s at night.  Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder fall/winter temperatures and weather conditions.  Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

There will be little to no accumulated snow throughout the Catskills this weekend.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Due to rains over the past few weeks, trails will likely be wet and muddy for the weekend in places.  Proper precautions should be taken to protect the environment surrounding the trail while you are hiking during muddy periods - walk through muddy areas, not around and be aware that wet rocks on trails can be very slippery.  Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking. 

Be aware that fallen leaves on the trail can hide a multitude of hazards such as loose rocks, depressions and other obstacles.  In addition, leaves can be slippery, especially when wet.  Hike with extra caution on leaf covered trails to avoid the potential for injury.


October 30, 2014 Update: Foliage throughout most of the Catskills is well past peak and in most areas the trees are leafless and ready for winter.

The weather forecast for unsettled conditions with a chance for wintery conditions (rain, snow and sleet) Friday night into Saturday.  On Sunday there may be isolated snow showers throughout the mountains.  Expect daytime temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s with temperatures cooler at higher elevations.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20s at night.  Make sure you are properly prepared for hiking and camping in these colder fall/winter temperatures and weather conditions.

Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open.  

Fallen leaves on the trail can hide a multitude of hazards such as loose rocks, depressions and other obstacles.  In addition, leaves can be slippery, especially when wet.  Hike with extra caution on leaf covered trails to avoid the potential for injury.