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Hiker Injured

A 50-year-old woman injured her ankle near the Biscuit Brook Lean-to. DEC rangers reached her and helped her hike part way back to the her car. They were met by the fire deparment with an ATV to extract her. . Click image for more details (Jun 10)
A 50 year old woman hiker was injured near biscuit brook lean-to in the Big Indian Wilderness on June 10, 2018


Hiker Injured

A teenage girl from Kingston was hiking around the middle basin of Kaaterskill Falls with her family when she injured her ankle. They were able to get her back to the bottom of the steps, but coundn't go any further. DEC Rangers and Paramedics were called in to extract her back to their car. Click image for more details (Jun 10)
A hiker was injured in the middle basin of Kaaterskill Falls on June 10, 2018


Hiker Injured

A 39-year-old female hiker from Connecticut was hiking down towards Layman's Monument when she twisted her ankle. The rocks are very difficult to navigate near the Monument. Click image for more details (Jun 9)
A hiker was injured in the rocky section near Layman's Monument. She was extracted by DEC Rangers on June 9, 2018


Hikers Lost

Two hikers decided to hike to Sunset Rock near dusk. When they didn't return back to the campground hours later, DEC Rangers started a SAR. They were found near Ashley Falls without any lights. Click image for more details (Jun 6)
two hikers got lost in the dark near north-south lake after started their hike to sunset rock at 8pm on June 6, 2018


Diamond Notch Falls

A 42 year old man substained several injuries after a falling on the trail near Diamond Notch Falls. He was able to crawl down the path to the Falls. Search-and-Rescue was called in to help with the extraction. Click image for more details (May 28)
A 42 year old man had a several injuries after a fall at diamond notch falls on May 28, 2018


Grand Mal Seizure

A 25 year old woman had a seizure while returning from a hike to Huckleberry Point. She then went into cardiac arrest, and was revived by paramedics. We was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Click image for more details (May 26)
A 25 year old woman had a Grand Mal Seizure from a hike to Huckleberry Point on May 26, 2018


New 3500 Record

On May 24, 2018, Mike Siudy broke the record for the fastest time to sumit all 35 peaks above 3500'. He shattered the previous record with a time of 2 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes. During the 57 hours he slept 1.5 hrs. Click image for more details (May 24)
Mike Siudy breaks the record of hiking all 35 peaks above 3500' in 57 hours on May 24, 2018


Hypothermia Death

On May 12, 2018, a person was reported missing from NYC. His car was found at the Woodland PA. Rangers found him at the Terrance Lean-to with severe hypothermia. He died while being transported off the mountain. Click image for more details (May 12)
many at terrace lean-to in woodland valley dies of hypothermia while being transported off the mountain


Illegal Signs

At the end of April of 2018, someone put up new No Parking signs at the end of Barnum Road. These signs are not official signs, and designed to prevent hikers from using this Trailhead. Click image for more details (Apr 22)
illegal no parking signs at the end of barnum road parking area


Hikers Stranded

Two Hikers from New Jersey set out to hike Blackhead Mountain. The trail was icy, and they didn't have proper foot gear for the ice. It took a very long time to reach the summit, and it became dark before they could get down to the bottom. They called 911 for help. Click image for more details (Feb 19)
hikers stranded after dark on icy trail of blackhead mountin in the Catskill mountains.


Hiker Injured

Hiker slips out in the west side of Sugarloaf Mtn and sides into boulder and injures his ankle. SAR take 5 hours to extract the hiker from the ice covered trail. Click image for more details (Jan 26)
hiker injured after falling on extremely icy trail of sugarloaf mountin in the Catskill mountains.


Cell Phone Towers

The cell phone tower proposed for Twilight Park continues to move forward. Public Comment period will be coming soon. Click image for more details (Dec 28)
cell phone tower in twilight park in the Catskill mountains.


Hunter Lost

On December 10, 2017, Carl Weaver, 77, never returned home after hunting in Delaware County. Ten days later he still has not been found in spite of an extensive search of 1700 acres. Click image for more details (Dec 18)
carl weaver never returns home after hunting in delaware county, and is presumed dead


Vroman's Nose

The NYS DEC has acquired 139 acres, that includes Vroman's Nose, from the Vroman's Nose Preservation Corporation. The land was donated by the VNPC. Click image for more details (Dec 18)
Vroman's Nose donated to the New York State DEC


Hiking after Dark

On December 1, 2017 a 76-year-old hiker started her hike too late in the Bluestone Wild Forest, and was stuck on the mountain after dark. The DEC was called in the bring her out. Click image for more details (Dec 1)
60 year old hiker lost on slide mountain december 1, 2017


Hiking after Dark

On December 1, 2017 a 66-year-old hiker started his hike too late, and was stuck on the mountain after dark. The DEC was called in the bring the man down. They reached the bottom at 9:50pm. Click image for more details (Dec 1)
60 year old hiker lost on slide mountain december 1, 2017


Hiker Lost

On November 30, 2017 a 60-year-old hiker had problems with a stove and decided to go home. Unfortunately, he got lost, and the DEC was called in to help. The DEC found the man the next day at 10:10am. Click image for more details (Nov 30)
60 year old hiker lost on slide mountain november 30, 2017


Hiker Injured

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, a 46-year-old female hiker injured her ankle at the middle basin of Kaaterskill Falls. She was unable to walk so DEC Forest Rangers and EMS responded to the call. She was carried out to Rt 23a, and was was transported to the hospital. Click image for more details (Nov 11)
female hiker injured at kaaterskill falls in the Catskill mountains on saturday november 11, 2017


Leaf Foliage Report

Catskill Mountains

1,000'+ 100% changed - 100% Fallen
2,400'+ 100% changed - 100% Fallen
3,500'+ 100% changed - 100% Fallen
Leaf Browning: Major
2009 Image: Platte Clove Valley
Click image for more details (Oct 23th)
2017 fall foliage in the Catskill Mountains


Acra Point Forest Fire

On Sunday, October 12, 2017, a group of hikers decided to camp on the trail near Acra Point. In the morning they left without putting out the camp fire. The fire was placed on top of roots, which set nearby trees on fire. A group of hikers called 911 Click image for more details (Oct 22)
acra point forest fire on october 22, 2017


KF Parking Issues

Every weekend Kaaterskill Falls parking lots are now overflowing. The Town and Hunter and tourist are now battling each other over parking. And, it is becoming quite ugly. Click image for more details (Oct 22)
parking for kaaterskill Falls is overflowing and causing massive problem in 2017


Hikers Lost

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, two young hikers didn't return home, so the girl's father contacted DEC for help. Two DEC Rangers used the GPS coordinates from a 911 call to located the couple on Wittenberg Mtn. The DEC Rangers then hiked for 3 hours to locate the couple. Click image for more details (Oct 15)
couple lost on wittenberg mountain on october 15, 2017


Hiker Injured

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, a male hiker slipped and fell at the middle basin of Kaaterskill Falls. He was conscious and alert. DEC Forest Rangers and EMS responded to the call. He was carried out to Rt 23a, and was was transported to the hospital. Click image for more details (Sept 16)
male hiker injured at kaaterskill falls in the Catskill mountains on sunday august 28, 2017


New Bike Trail

This weekend, the new mountain bike trail opened near the Rt 23 Trail Head in Windham. The terrain and forest is exceptional. There are bridges over the wet spots to prevent mud holes. The trail has been groomed well. Click image for more details (Sept 15)
new mountain bike trail in windham opened this weekend, september 15, 2017


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, August 28, 2017, a 74-year-old man slipped and fell at the middle basin of Kaaterskill Falls. He injured his knee and could not walk. DEC Forest Rangers and EMS responded to the call. He was carried out to Rt 23a, and was then driven home by his hiking companion. Click image for more details (Aug 28)
male hiker injured at kaaterskill falls in the Catskill mountains on sunday august 28, 2017


Blue Hole

Over this past weekend, the DEC estimates that 1,200 people visited the Blue Hole in Peekamoose. Numerous tickets were issued by DEC and police. Click image for more details (Aug 20)
trash issues at the blue hole on peekamoose road in ulster county in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, a 52-year-old woman slipped and fell at Kaaterskill Falls. She had a cut to the head and lost consciousness. DEC Forest Rangers and EMS responded to the call. She was then assisted in walking back down to Rt 23a, and was transport to Albany Medical Center. Click image for more details (Aug 20)
female hiker injured at kaaterskill falls in the Catskill mountains on sunday august 20, 2017


Rocky Mtn Spot Fever

Earlier in August a hiker picked up an American Dog tick at the beginning of the Escarpment Trail from Rt 23. The tick was not discovered until 5 days later. After about 4 days a speculated rash developed. Click image for more details (Aug 13)
rocky mountain spotted fever is now in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On August 13, 2017 a 78-year-old hiker failed to return after hiking Balsam Mountain. DEC Rangers were able to locate the man around 11pm. He had hurt his ankle and could no longer walk. More EMS personnel were called in to extract him . Click image for more details (Aug 13)
78 year old hiker with a broken ankle resulted in a SAR near Balsam Mountain in the catskill mountains


Unruly Campers

On August 12, 2017 a group of hikers became intoxicated, loud, and unruly while camping at the Woodland Valley Campgrounds. The DEC Rangers were called to settle them down. The following morning they were evicted . Click image for more details (Aug 12)
unruly campers evicted from the woodland valley campground in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured & Lost

On August 11, 2017 a group of hikers were hiking the entire Devil's Path. One of the hikers was having knee problems and left the group at Mink Hollow. He didn't have a map and became confused as to where he was. Click image for more details (Aug 11)
hiker lost after leaving the Devil's Path with a bad knee in the catskill mountains


Hiker Lost

Wayne Lamicela called 911 on August 1 stating that he was lost. This triggered a Search & Rescue that involved over 100+ people. He was found barefoot on the Gould Property on August 5th by the caretaker. Click image for more details (Aug 5)
wayne lamicela was lost for 5 days near the big indian wilderness, and was found on a private mountain in the catskill mountains


Blue Hole Trash

Over thee past couple of years trash and overuse of the Blue Hole on Peekamoose Road in Ulster County has been a major problem. Again this summer trash is a big issue. Click image for more details (Jul 26)
trash issues at the blue hole on peekamoose road in ulster county in the catskill mountains


Hikers Lost

On July 16, 2017, a group of eight hikers were hiking to the Palenville Overlook. They could not figure out how to get back to their car. DEC Ranger Pachan discovered that they were on the Sleepy Hollow Horse Trail. He was able to guide them back to their car. Click image for more details (Jul 16)
hikers lost at palenville overlook hike in the catskill mountains


Hiker Lost

On July 3, 2017, a group of hikers were hiking the Balsam Lake Trail. They had taken a wrong turn and got lost. When it got dark they called the DEC for help. Ranger Shea hiked in and provided headlamps and hiked them out. Click image for more details (Jul 3)
hikers lost on the balsam lake trail in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On July 3, 2017, an older hiker was injured between Slide Mtn and Cornell Mtn. DEC had to call in a helicopter to extract the injured hiker. He was then transported to the hospital. Click image for more details (Jul 3)
fisherman in ulster county arrested at camp site due to being wanted in florida in the catskill mountains


Camper Arrested

On June 29, 2017, a DEC ECO visited a camp site to find a burning camp fire with no one present. When the campers later returned it was discovered that one of the men was wanted. He was immediately arrested. Click image for more details (Jun 29)
fisherman in ulster county arrested at camp site due to being wanted in florida in the catskill mountains


Hiker Lost

On June 29, 2017, a hiker was overdue to return from a hike on Indianhead Mountain. DEC Forest Ranger Nelson was called to find the lost 17-year-old hiker. It was determined that he was actually hiking on Plateau Mountain. Click image for more details (Jun 29)
hiker lost on Plateau mountain in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On the afternoon of June 25, 2017, a hiker was injured on Westkill Mountain. Five DEC Rangers were dispatched to the mountain, where they brought in a helicopter to extract him off the mountain. Click image for more details (Jun 25)
hiker with leg injury on westkill mountain in the catskill mountains


Hikers Lost

On the afternoon of June 22, 2017, two 74-year-old hikers were lost on the mountain bike trails of Elm Ridge. DEC Ranger Nelson is credited in finding them and leading them back to their car on Peck Road. Click image for more details (Jun 22)
hiker with leg injury on westkill mountain in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On the afternoon of June 20, 2017, a hiker was hit in the head with a rock below Kaaterskill Falls. Hunter Ambulance and Tannersville Search & Rescue responded to the scene. Click image for more details (Jun 21)
hiker hit in the head by a rock at kaaterskill falls in the catskill mountains


Hikers Lost

Late in the day on June 17, 2017 a group of hikers got lost on Panther Mountain. Their group leader called for help. Two DEC Forest Rangers conducted a Search for the hikers, and they were found exhausted on the Fox Hollow Trail. Click image for more details (Jun 21)
hikers lost near panther mountain


Biker Injured

A 50-year-old biker had a serious bicycling accident in the Fun Loops / Elm Ridge area of Windham on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. He suffered several broken bones. Click image for more details (Jun 15)
hikers lost off the escarpment trail near the catskill mountain house site


Hiker Lost

A group of hikers from New Jersey were stating at the North-South Lake Campground. They decided to take a side trail near the Catskill Mountain House site and got lost. NYS Ranger quickly found them. Click image for more details (Jun 5)
hikers lost off the escarpment trail near the catskill mountain house site


Funds for Trails

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the dedication of a five-person summer trail crew for the Catskill Park. The five-person team will have 5 projects to be completed this summer. Some of the projects have been on hold for years. Click image for more details (Jun 5)
trail work team dedicated for the catskill mountains for the summer of 2017


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 a hiker was hiking deep inside Platte Clove when he fell and was injured. Fire and Rescue had to use ropes and climbing gear to extract the 50-year-old hiker out of the clove. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker fell inside the ice covered platte clove, and receives minor injuries on sunday fabruary 19, 2017


Ice Climber Injured

On Sunday, January 29, 2017 an ice climber fell in Platte Clove. They were transported to Albany Medical Center by helicopter. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
ice climber fell in platte clove, and is seriously injured and transported to albany medical center via helicopter on sunday january 29, 2017


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, Junuary 29, 2017 around noon time, a 26-year-old female hiker fell off the lower part of Kaaterskill Fall. Investigators surmise that she probably slipped, and fell off. She is reported in Serious condition, and is expected to survive. She was transported to Albany Medical Center by helicopter. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker falls off kaaterskill falls, and is seriously injured and transported to albany medical center via helicopter on sunday january 29, 2017


Hiker SAR

On Sunday, Junuary 22, 2017 a group of HVH hikers were hiking Fir and Big Indian. One of the hikers became tired, and the group of 18 left him behind. When the hiker could not make it out of the woods, this started a massive SAR mission Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker lost on big indian sparks SAR on january 22, 2017


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