Sterling Ridge Trail/Fire Tower/Sterling Lake Trail...

Sterling Forest State Park

Sterling Lake from the Sterling Ridge Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Sterling Lake from the Sterling Ridge Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses Sterling Ridge, includes a fire tower, offers great views and a walk along scenic Sterling Lake.

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From the rear of the parking area, go around the gate and follow the woods road which leads south. This road is marked with the blue-on-white blazes of the Sterling Ridge Trail, the teal diamond blazes of the Highlands Trail and the yellow blazes of the Sterling Valley Trail. Follow the road for only about 100 feet, then leave the road and turn right onto a footpath, following the blue-and-...

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December 08, 2019
Moderate start, easy middle, swampy end

Hiked this today. The first 2.8 miles to the fire tower is moderately rough terrain. The trail is frequently marked, and even in several inches of snow, we had no trouble following the markers. This part has great views overlooking the lake.

After the fire tower, the next 2.5-3 miles are gentle, wide mountain biking paths.

The last mile heads slightly uphill along a stream. The watershed means that sometimes water pools on the trail and gets very muddy.

Overall really enjoyed this hike, would do again in drier weather

November 14, 2018
Sterling Valley Loop

Largely due to the concerns that you have expressed regarding the condition of this trail, the Trail Conference does not maintain the Sterling Valley Loop.  Concerns about the condition of this trail should be addressed to the Park Manager.

Daniel Chazin
November 12, 2018
Pretty moderate hike that is swamped at the end
Loved the Sterling ridge trail. Very well maintained and well-blazed. Great foot path. The fire tower was not open at the top but was open to climb. Great views! I love a good fire tower. The Sterling Valley Loop portion of the trail (the last 1.5 miles) was very soggy almost the whole way. Muddy & flooded out in many parts. Wear waterproof footwear or plan on getting wet to the ankles.
Heather McHale
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