This hike loops around the southeastern corner of the park, following woods roads for most of the way and passing the historic Red Back Mine.
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 15A. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 17 and head north for 1.4 miles to the exit for Sterling Forest. Follow Sterling Mine Road (County Route 72) west for 2.4 miles, then turn right onto Eagle Valley Road. Continue on Eagle Valley Road for 0.8 mile to South Gate Road. Turn right onto South Gate Road and continue for 1.2 miles. Opposite Buttonwood Road (on the right), turn left at a Hikers’ Trailhead Parking sign and proceed for a short distance to a dirt parking area.
This hike, for the most part, follows woods roads in a loop around the southeastern section of Sterling Forest State Park, with considerable ups and downs. It traverses a remote and little-used section of the park, and portions of the trail may be very wet, especially after heavy rains. Along the way, the trail passes remnants of the historic Red Back Mine and runs along the interesting McKeags Meadow.