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The week of October 22nd begins with a warm Sunday with high clouds and highs in the low 70's. Monday will be cooler and mild with some sun and then clouds with highs in the mid 60's. Tuesday will also be mild with highs in the mid 60's but there will be clouds and showers throughout the day. Wednesday will be cooler band cloudy most of the day with highs in the high 50's. Thursday will be even cooler with temperatures dropping into the low 50's under partly sunny skies. Friday will see a mixture of clouds and sun with highs in the mid 50's. Saturday will be sunny and pleasant with highs risi9ng into the low 60's. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun's UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect yourself at all times. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Being a Responsible Hiker: Mink Hollow and the Blue Hole

What can be more exciting than parking at Mink Hollow in Spruceton and bushwhacking North Dome and Sherrill? What can be more refreshing than taking a dip in the Blue Hole after hiking Peekamoose and Table? Sadly, careless and irresponsible visitors threaten these places and several others in the Catskills. The parking area at Mink Hollow is small and fills up early in the day especially during the summer and on weekends. After the parking lot is full, hikers are parking on the sides of the road narrowing the already narrow road. Others are parking close to or on private property. The town board is concerned that fire trucks and ambulances wouldn’t be able to get through. The town board has considered issuing parking tickets to hikers not parked in designated parking lots. If you are parking in this area, be careful to park in the lot or on the shoulder in a way that does not block traffic. Consider parking down the road at another parking lot. Stay out of the road and DO NOT park on posted property. One forest ranger estimated that 1000 people visited the Blue Hole on July 4th. They left behind a large amount of garbage and human waste. Several magazines and websites have mentioned the Blue Hole and this has increased traffic. There is no solution other than to ask every visitor to adhere to "Carry it in, carry it out". These simple solutions are the only way to solve the problem BEFORE law enforcement steps in. Be considerate of others and help preserve your own access to these and other popular spots.

Friday: September 22nd: Indian Head and Twin
Sunday: September 24th: Round Top Opening
Monday: September 25th: Trout Pond
Wednesday: September 27th: Mongaup Pond Ledges
Friday: September 29th: Giant Ledge Bushwhack
Friday: September 29th: Walnut Mt XC
Monday: October 2nd: Frick and Hodge Ponds
Tuesday: October 3rd: Round Top Loops
Saturday: October 7th: Dry Brook Ridge Lookouts (Southside)
Tuesday: October 10th: Walnut Mt XC Course
Friday: October 13th: Bear Spring (East loop)
Monday: October 16th: Hodge and Frick Ponds
Wednesday: October 18th: Round Top Loops
Thursday: October 19th: Trout Pond
Friday: October 20th: Winter Clove
Sunday: October 22nd: Kelly Hollow


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