Red Back Loop Trail

Sterling Forest State Park

Stream crossing on the Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Stream crossing on the Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Wetland along the Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Wetland along the Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. The Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Erik Mickelson. The Red Back Trail in Sterling Forest State Park. Photo by Erik Mickelson.

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.

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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...

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June 02, 2019
4
Nice Area, Very Wet!
I hiked in this area on 6-1-19, and Besides the Red Back Trail, I also did the McKeags Meadow loop, the Hutchinson Trail, and the Munsee-Eagle Trail. The ascents/descents are numerous, but not steep, and I didn't find them overly strenuous. There are no "views" per se, with the exception of ME trail when it passes the power line on the southern side. Mostly quiet, peaceful hiking through the forest. The Red Back and McKeags Meadow trails are very wet in many places and without waterproof boots, you can count on your feet getting wet. The Hutchinson and ME trails are in amazing condition due to all the work done in recent years. These trails were not crowded at all, I spent most of the day hiking in solitude, and only saw a few bike riders here and there. Overall, an enjoyable hike, although I'm not sure it's an area I would return to very often. One suggestion is that the bike trails should be marked one way for the bike riders, as they are way too narrow in a lot of places for people passing in opposite directions.
Michael K7
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