Slide Cornell loop??

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Slide Cornell loop??

New postby Wolfie2nd » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:58 pm

Can anyone please let me know the trail conditions? Headed to do that loop this weekend..
I was working on the Hudson in the Newburgh area about 2 weeks ago and the mountains didn't seem to have but a dusting of snow. Has much changed?
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby kennykb » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:17 pm

NYNJTC has a weekly trail conditions report, brought out every Thursday.

This week's, just out:

January 15, 2015 Update: There was a storm in the Catskills on Monday that deposited several inches of snow, along with sleet, freezing rain and rain. Prior to that event, there was an existing snowpack and there has been scattered snow showers over the past week. At higher elevations there is likely up to a foot of snow on the highest summits. With the cold temperatures of the past week following the wintry mix on Monday, any snow is well packed and icy. In addition because of the ongoing cold temperatures, there are signifcanty icy areas along trails even where there is no significant snow, therefore crampons or other traction devices will generally be needed in all areas. Refer to our Winter Conditions section for more information on being prepared when hiking and camping in these conditions.

The weather forecast calls for quiet and clear weather on Friday and Saturday with cloudy weather and rain by Sunday afternon. Daytime temperatures will be in the 20s on Friday and Saturday and in the upper 30s on Sunday. Nightime temperatures Friday and Saturday night will be in the single digits.

During the winter months, access and parking at some trailhead parking lots may be difficult, Be sure to obey all parking regulations (overnight parking is generally prohibited along town roadways during the winter months), do not block snowplow turn-arounds, and if you cannot reach a trailhead, be prepared with alternative destinations for your hike. It's also always a good idea to keep a shovel in your car in case you do get stuck.

All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskills are currently open to the public.

Remember to always treat surface and spring waters before drinking.

If you are looking for a map and guide to the trails of the region, Catskill Trails, our 6-map set with trail descriptions is available in print and on your smartphone.
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby mike » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:19 pm

Down lower, the trails have a mix of snow, hardpack, and ice. Higher up, you will find more snow. Microspikes lower, and snowshoes higher up. Right now I don't think we have a storm coming our way. This weekend should be a little warmer then the past week.
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby mtnclimber » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:30 am

Weather update:

Saturday is going to be colder then expected. Temps around 10F for a high in the mountains.

Sunday there is a small storm coming in. Will be near 32F for a high in the mountains. Will be a mix of snow, sleet, and rain. Maybe all snow on the summits.

Monday - the storm will taper off. Temps should be just below freezing. Probably clear up later in the day.
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby Wolfie2nd » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:16 am

Last weekend was a successful trip! Bitter on Saturday and miserable Sunday afternoon when the rain arrived. Only really saw snow on peaks everything else was solid ice for the most part...
While I'm at it can anyone recommend a good pair of winter pants? I'm in the market for a new pair.

I'd like to thank everyone for all the great info!
Doug
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby mtnclimber » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:03 pm

Last weekend was not the best hiking conditions. First it was too cold - then rain. I bet those microspikes came in handy! Always be prepared for a curve ball. The weather report can always be wrong, and sometimes you get something unexpected.

Some people just get shells and use hiking pants underneath. Other people buy insulated snow pants and wear thermos underneath.
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Re: Slide Cornell loop??

New postby Wolfie2nd » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:58 pm

No micro spikes for me in the Catskills. Took a 80' ride down plateau back in 2012 nasty accident ended up with a dislocated shoulder and a bruised body after the drop... Crampons only for me..
Yeah sunday was an absolute mess but but was better than a good day at work!
Hoping to be back in 2 weeks to tic off a few more winter peaks..
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