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Leaf Foliage Report

Catskill Mountains

1,000'+ 25% changed - 5% Fallen
2,400'+ 75% changed - 20% Fallen
3,500'+ 90% changed - 35% Fallen
Leaf Browning: Major
2009 Image: Platte Clove Valley
Click image for more details (Oct 8th)
2017 fall foliage in the Catskill Mountains


Hiker Injured

On Suaturday, 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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