October 09, 2014
very nice, with varied terrain
The hike starts out on a paved road, goes through some historic sites, and then gradually gains some elevation with some rolling hills in some lovely glades and forest clearings. I like this hike because near the end is the nice steep hill climb up to the fire tower. Did this hike end of September and the leaves on the trees were just magnificent. This is a good hike to start out with for those who want to step up and add some mileage to their hikes, without all that elevation gain. What I like also is that the trails are extremely well marked, probably one of the best maintained trail circuits in the whole NY/NJ area.
June 17, 2014
Just did this hike with my hiking club on Sunday and both GPSs calculated the mileage to be 8.5 miles. You may want to revise your description. It's a great hike--wonderful views at Bare Rock and of course from the tower.
June 09, 2012
a couple of minor things
I did this hike today and had a great time. Just wanted to make a couple of notes to the description - the trail out to bare rock is now blazed orange with binoculars on the blaze and says Bare Rock Vista - you can't miss it. Also, in the flooded area near the beaver pond the fire tower trail is completely re-routed around it. I saw some pink ribbons from the past and to me it looks like it has been rerouted totally around, so no bush whack was necessary. Last thing I would say, and just mu opinion, I would rate this as a moderate to streneous. The first two thirds are moderate - only the last part prior to getting to the fire tower would be strenuous. Before that there are a couple of little climbs but nothing too major. Thanks for a good hike description. Had a great day. I had never been to Sterling - it was nice to see Greenwood Lake from the other side.