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Catskill Trail 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 leave a comment on this page.
If you have any trail condition related questions or updates to report, please leave a comment on this page or contact Jeffrey Senterman, the Catskill Region Program Coordinator here.
Want to report a serious trail issue? Use our Trail Report Form to pass the information along to us. We will use that information 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.
Catskills Trails Updates
November 11th, 2013 Update: The footbridge over Diamond Notch Creek for the Diamond Notch Trail is in the process of being replaced and should be finished within a week. The original bridge was lost during Hurricane Irene and the Trail Conference and the DEC have been working to obtain materials, transport them to the site and rebuild the bridge. DEC staff have been working for the last few weeks at the site, repairing bridge abutments and installing the new bridge.
September 16th, 2013 Update: The footbridge for the Long Path in Platte Clove has been reconstructed by volunteers and is open for us.
The footbridge for the Devil's Path over the West Kill near Diamond Notch Falls remains out. NYSDEC staff are working on completing a replacement bridge later this fall. In the meantime this can be a difficult crossing during high water or during wet time periods when rocks are slippery.
April 28, 2013 Update: The kingpost footbridge for the Long Path in the Platte Clove Preserve in Platte Clove has been closed. A short relocation just upstream from the bridge site has been marked and will be used until such time as the bridge can be replaced. This stream crossing is not difficult during low water, but can be very difficult in high water events. You should not try crossing the stream during very high water events, as Platte Clove Falls is just downstream.The Trail Conference is currently planning for the replacement of the bridge to start in late May and finish towards the end of June. If you are interested in taking part in the Trail Crews that will be working on the bridge, please watch our Trail Crew Schedule and look for Catskill Trail Crew Work in Platte Clove.
During high water conditions (or if you do not wish to cross the stream without a bridge), an alternate route to the Devil's Kitchen Lean-to, Devil's Path and Overlook Trail would be to access the Devil's Path from the Prediger Road Trailhead. The trailhead is located at the end of Prediger Road. Prediger Road is about 1 mile west of The Long Path crossing of Platte Clove Road on County Route 16. Follow Predier Road to its end where the trailhead and trailhead parking is located. Follow the Devil's Path from the trailhead, across the base of Indian Head Mountain, to its intersection with the Overlook Trail.
January 3, 2013 Update: The NYSDEC has alerted us that the Town of Hardenburgh has posted the end of the Beaver Kill Road as "seasonal use" and is is not plowing the road beyond the Mongaup-Hardenburgh Trailhead. This means you cannot drive to the Balsam Lake Trailhead Parking Area when snow is on the ground. If you are looking for alternative vehicle access to a trailhead that serves Balsam Lake Mountain, the Mill Brook Road Trailhead is open. The approach to the mountain from the north is a bit longer at just about 3 miles, but with the added 1.65 miles of roadwalk on the southern side, the two routes are just about are equal. The Mill Brook trailhead access has the advantage of not having to walk 1.65 miles on an unplowed road. Both routes are shown on the Trail Conference's Central Catskill Trails Map (#142).
October 31, 2012 Update: The NYSDEC reports that Hurricane Sandy had only minor impact on DEC-managed lands in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Hikers, hunters, campers and others should expect to encounter wet and muddy trails, blowdown, especially in higher elevations, and high waters at stream crossings.
Trail information is also be available on the Trail Conference's Catskill Region Facebook Page
NOTICE - Following damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Irene in the Fall of 2011, The NYSDEC continues to advise users that some trails remain damaged in places and extra care should be used when traversing trails and/or crossing streams that had been previoulsy bridged . The Trail Conference continues to work with the NYSDEC to identify trail problems and have these trails repaired as soon as possible.
The NYS DEC also maintains a Catskill Trails Status Page.