Trail Conditions Forum

Mud? Ice? High water at stream crossings?

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btsullivan@post.com's picture

The ground is still bear in the "Gunks".    No cross country skiing or snowshoeing.  Just walking or hiking.  It is still cold with a "little" wind.
btsullivan@post.com's picture

Still no snow in the Gunks for snowshoeing or Crosscountry Skiing.
btsullivan@post.com's picture

There is no cross country skiing at minnawaska or mohonk.  Just hiking!!   Merry Christmas.
horicon@post.com's picture

Flood Watch for Ulster County, NY. 
horicon@post.com's picture

Hurley Rail Trail    Great afternoon walk. No Ice  or Snow on the trail.
tree188's picture

12/23/2014 Hiked this section on Sunday the 21st.  Path was clear and well marked.  No snow, very overcast.  Bashakill Wildlike Refuge was scenic.  Look forward to seeing this place when it is green.  However, it was good to see the place with the leaves down.  Allowed for a better view of the overall lake and marsh.  Saw a juvenile bald eagle and its roost.  Lots of small bird mobs (chickadee, slate juncos, woodpecker, brown creeper and nuthatch) along the way.  Ended up using the old LP acess to exit at Shawanga Lodge Rd.  Sorry to see the trail head on the road has been eliminated.  This is a good trail for access on and off the Ridge.  This should still be a marked public access, even if the parking is limited.
horicon@post.com's picture

The trails at mohonk are bare of snow, as of this writing  12/22/2014. Winter has started, Get out ans hike.
btsullivan@post.com's picture

Yes, Its less than 90 days till Spring.
mountaincreek@usa.com's picture

Thank you.
johnm's picture

  Route 106 within Orange County, between 7-Lakes Drive and Route 17, is closed for the winter season.  This road has been abandoned by the county and is now a park road.  It is expected to be closed for the same period as  are  several other park roads, from December 1 to April 1, as signed on the various park roads affected. This section of 106 is also subject to wet and icy conditions and is difficult to keep safe.   Visitors to the park may find that some of the closed roads are partially cleared of snow, though signed closed and partially blocked..  The clearing may be only minimal and is for official use only.  The closings are to be obeyed by the general public. Note also that even 7-Lakes Drive may not always be immediately cleared during and following a snow storm, particularly overnight.  
jbeard's picture

I hiked from the Lake Skannatati parking lot today and found a brand new trail.  A man was building a wooden kiosk that I guess will have maps and TC posters in it.  He said his firm had built the new segment of the Arden-Surebridge trail that begins with stone steps at the parking lot.  It now takes a route that is parallel to Seven Lakes, and avoids the top of the hill.  As a result, the Red Cross trail starts in a new place.  Are the changes already on TC maps?  If not, when will they appear?Later, I found that the (unofficial) Bottlecap trail has been reblazed beginning at Seven Lakes and heading west.  Whoever did this apparently had a saw and cleared many trees that blocked the trail, as well as nailing up new bottlecaps.Someone with a chainsaw has cleared the old woodsroad that links the Bottlecap trail to Times Square.
Jeremy Apgar's picture

The Trail Conference is finishing work on a revision to the Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails map set, and the trail changes in this area that affect the Arden-Surebridge Trail and Red Cross Trail will be on the new map (among other trail relocations, other adjustments, and the introduction of trail mileage numbers along the trails).  Look for the new maps in early 2015!~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
Michael K7's picture

The changes are not on the most recent version of the Harriman map set (2013). If these are official, approved changes, then hopefully the TC will create a free printable close up map of that area with the changes on it for hikers to keep with the map set. Thank you for the info!!!
banjolady's picture

the relocation of the trail has completely avoided the best part of the ASB which is the nice viewpoint over the lakes. i am sure people will keep making their own trail to the viewpoint...from what i heard, the Park hired an independent trail company to make the changes. I have not heard that the TC approved of the changes but they will most likely be on the next map set which will be coming out soon. i have also noticed bottle caps marking the path to camp thendara from the red cross trail east of skanatati, i think they cross 7 lakes dr too. maybe john mack will chime in and fill in more of the facts here....
Michael K7's picture

After so many years of working with the TC, why would the park hire an independent trail company to re-route a trail?
jbeard's picture

  The man I saw at work on the kiosk was from this company http://www.tahawustrails.com/index.html and he said that the overlook of Lake Skannatati was "sensitive habitat," and that the changes were to keep people away from that area.   JDB
91762's picture

Is Rte 106 going to be closed this winter regardless of conditions? If so, when does it close and when will it open? Thanks. Bob
CanadianRoots's picture

Was up on Hunter Mountain in the Catskills this weekend hiking the western end of Devils Path. There was anywhere from 5-16 inches of snow in spots on the mountain. Parked at Diamond Notch Road and hiked out to the parking lot at Notch Lake. There was still plenty of running water in the area, and it had warmed up quite a bit by Sunday morning, which made the hike out slightly precarious. 6 inches of melted/ing snow made for some pretty slick conditions even with microspikes.  Overall though Trails were relatively compact and snowshoes weren't necessary.
91762's picture

Does anyone know what the trail (e.g. Timp Thorne, Ramapo Dunderburg) conditions are like around Dunderberg Mtn.since it snowed last week? Was there much accumulation, is it still there, any ice? Thanks. Bob
horicon@post.com's picture

Does any post trail condations here??