Created from 6 pictures from Giant Ledge

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The week of January 25 began on Sunday with a breezy and cool day. There was plenty of sun and the temperatures stayed just below freezing. The big news was the possible storm that was predicted to bring snow to the Northeast. The predictions kept changing but the final word for the Catskills was for less than a foot of snow in most places. The numbers for the Hudson Valley and points east and south were far greater. By Tuesday morning all schools and many business were shutdown in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam counties as well as counties farther east and south. In Livingston Manor the amount of snow that had fallen by early Tuesday morning was about 6 inches. The forecast was still calling for more snow during the day. By Wednesday the snow will end and a sunny but cool day is expected with highs in the low 20's and a brisk wind. Thursday will be cloudy and slightly warmer but still below freezing. Some snow showers may be on tap for Friday with cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 20's. Saturday will be MUCH colder but sunny with highs only in the id teens. The recent storm makes snowshoes mandatory for any serious hiking peaks or, for that matter, in most of valleys! When parking to hike, be sure you are out of the way of snow plows and do not park in places where they must turn around. 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!

Saturday: November 29th: Mount Ivy to Route 106
Thursday: December 4th: Frick Pond: Loggers loop and Big Rock
Friday: December 5th: Nyack to Landing Rd
Sunday: December 7th: Neversink Unique: Three Falls
Saturday: December 13th: Landing Road to High Tor
Saturday: December 20th: NJ Border to Nyack
Saturday: December 27th: FINISHED LP! Fort Lee to NY Border
Wednesday: December 31st: Trout Pond
Friday: January 2nd: Jenny Lane Loop
Sunday: January 11th: Frick and Hodge Pond Loop
Thursday: January 15th: First Snowshoe: Frick Pond Loop
Friday: January 16th: Frick Pond: Loggers Loop
Monday: January 19th: Minnewaska: Dickie Barre and Old Minnewaska Trail
Friday: January 23rd: Mohonk: Spring Farm and Chapel Trail


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