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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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
November 03, 2018
downed trail blaze and flooding from recent storm
About 1.5 miles from the start on the sterling ridge trail, there is a dead tree that has broken in half and the highlands marker is still on the intact part, but the blue dot on white is on the ground on a broken branch. Probably fell off in the wind and the rain. First waterfall less than a mile in from 17 A on Sterling Ridge trail is super high and flowing quickly...use caution.
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