Catskills - Rusk Mountain SummitA report on the current Catskills trail and trailhead conditions from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Updated February 5.

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 the 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 the winter months can be dangerous for those who are unprepared. The Winter Hiking Tips page offers 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, a 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.

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