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.

41.230616, -74.260762

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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January 01, 2017
Good hike if you do it on certain days
Did this hike on new years day. It was sort of crowded on the lake trails but the sterling ridge trail was relatively quiet. The fire tower was closed, maybe for the season or the holiday. The viewpoints from the Ridge trail were decent but limited, and the ones from the lake trail were nice. My recommendation is to only do this hike in the summer or spring season and if you live closeby. It sucks to drive a long time to miss the fire tower.
June 23, 2014
We checked
You are right and we fixed the push pin on the map.
June 21, 2014
Please check the GPS coordinates
We went on this hike today for the first time. We couldn't follow the driving directions because we were coming from the opposite direction on 17A, so we tried to use the GPS coordinates but we found that the coordinates posted (41.226772,-74.269649) are actually for the West Valley trailhead, which is about 1/2 mile down the road. If you want to update the coordinates, these are much closer to being correct: 41.230616,-74.260762. As for the hike, it was very enjoyable, and the rest of the description is very accurate. This does not seem to be a very highly used trail, as we did not see encounter any other hikers during the 7-mile journey. The views from the top of the fire tower were well worth the climb. The low point of the trail was the last segment (Sterling Valley Trail) because it was very swampy and buggy. Thanks again for the always-helpful trail description!
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