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Kaaterskill Falls Injuries

On Friday July 24, 2015, a 28-year-old female hiker was injured at the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls. The fire department and rescue squad were called to help the hiker. She had a lower leg injury. On Sunday July 26, 2015 another hiker was injured at the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls. They were injured on Sunday morning, and local EMS assisted the hiker. Kaateskill Falls is closed except for the hike to the bottom of the Falls. The DEC expects to have the construction project completed by the end of the summer. . Click image for more details (July 27)
hikers injured at the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls july 24, 2015 and july 26, 2015


Platte Clove Accident

On Thursday, July 2, 2015, a Highliner in the Platte Clove fell a total of 70 feet when the nylon slackline came undone or broke. After a very difficult extraction, he was transported to Albany Medical Center by helicopter in serious condition. Click image for more details (July 2)
Platte Clove climbing slack line recreating accident in the catskill mountains on July 2, 2015


Kaaterskill Falls Closed

On Monday July 6, 2015, the DEC will be closing the upper part of Kaaterskill Falls for the rest of the summer. This includes parking at the bottom of Laurel House Road. The DEC will start an extensive construction project. This includes enlarging two parking lots for an additional 100 cars; Steps to the top of the Falls. Bridge over Lake Creek; Observation Deck; Trail to the Escarpment Trail. Hiking in the construction zone will result in a ticket by the DEC. This $450k project is to promote tourism and increase safety. Please Note: The trail from Rt 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls will be open, but everything else is closed until the completion of the project. Click image for more details (July 2)
dec construction project this summer at kaaterskill falls in the catskill mountains or the summer of 2015


New KF Parking Lot

The DEC has started construction for the new parking lot at the bottom of Laurel House Road and at the top of Kaaterskill Falls. There will be enough space for about 100 cars. This should increase traffic to Kaaterskill Falls. Click image for more details (Jun 22)
kaaterskill falls new parking lot at bottom of laurel house road


Deer Tick Alert

Due to the snow pack this past Winter, deer ticks were predicted to be abundant. Those predictions have come true. Deer ticks on the eastern part of the Catskills is the worst in history. Care needs to be taken if outside. Click image for more details (May 25)
explosion of deer ticks on the eastern escarpment of the catskill mountains in 2015


Kaaterskill Falls

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Haines Falls Fire Department was called to Kaaterskill Falls for a hiker injury. The female hiker was transported from the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls to the hospital. Click image for more details (May 20)
female hiker is injured at the bottom of kaaterskill falls in the catskill mountains on may 20, 2015


Fire Ban

New York State has extended the fire ban for another week. Right now you cannot burn brush or have a camp fire until May 21, 2015. All of NYS is still under a HIGH fire alert. There have been over 110 forest fires in the last month. Click image for more details (May 14)
fire ban is extended in new york state until may 21, 2015


Malden Ave Issues

Once again the issues of local resident erecting illegal No Parking signs on the closed and open section of Malden Ave in Palenville is becoming an public issue. Some local residents are determined to drive hikers out of the Catskill Mtns. Click image for more details (May 8)
malden ave in palenville ny is once again pitting local residents against hikers


Hunter Mtn Forest Fire

A forest fire on the south side of Hunter Mountain started about noon-time on May 7th. Within a couple of hours around 200 acres had burned. It started between Lanesville and the Deep Notch (DEC campground). Click image for more details (May 7)
Forest fire on the hunter mountain range between lanesville and the deep notch burning over 200 acres


Kaaterskill Falls Safety

The DEC has announced that they have a proposal for changes to the Kaaterskill Unit Management Plan ("UMP"). The purpose of the plan is to improve safety at Kaaterskill Falls. Over the past 200 years there has been over 200 deaths at Kaaterskill Falls. Kaaterskill Falls are considered one of the most deadly waterfalls in the world. Many believe the new UMP is poor, and will cause more deaths then normal at Kaaterskill Falls. The DEC also refused to work with the DOT in getting people off Rt 23a, and refuses to address of hikers walking down Rt 23a. The DEC made it clear that they want to spend as little money as possible. Click image for more details (May 7)
DEC kaaterskill UMP proposal to reduce the deaths and injuries at kaaterskill falls in the catskill mountains


Fire Danger Alert

With very little rain in the past month, the forest of the Catskill Mountains are very dry. The Gunks had a massive forest fire with over 2400 acres burned. Other small forest fires have been popping up. Click image for more details (May 5)
Forest fire danger in the catskill mountains


Injury at Hunter Mtn

On March 24, 2015 a 48 year old man skied off a trail and was seriously injured. He was transported to Albany Medical Center in Albany NY. No word on his condition. Click image for more details (Mar 24)
man injured at hunter mountain ski center in the catskill mountains


Death at Hunter Mtn

About 2pm on Sunday, December 28, 2014 a 44-year-old woman from New York City fell off the chair lift at Hunter Mountain. She died of her injuries from the fall. Click image for more details (Dec 28)
women dies after falling off chair lift at hunter mountain ski center in the catskill mountains


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