Sterling Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Sterling Lake Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 563 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

rocky

Easy walk around Sterling Lake, historic furnace, mines and ruins Be sure to check out the displays in the visitors center. If you call ahead, you might be able to arrange for a tour of the furnace and mine area. Catch blue blaze trail in front of the visitors center going west. Pass foundation of old church on right, then enter the woods.Cross wooden bridge (over old sluice for water wheel) and the furnace is a short side trip to the left. Built in the 1700's, it was restored in the 1950's. Continue on blue blazed trail. Comes out on a road and follows it for a while, then enters the woods and continues around the lake, crossing an inlet on a berm. The trail the turns south and begins to climb. Follow back to visitors center.

5 days ago

20 days ago

Not hard at all however beautiful

2 months ago

Nice relaxing trail .. Good views .. Recommend

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Did this trail last month it was very nice and relaxing. Pretty easy and flat trail. The nice lil dip in the lake was the best part.

4 months ago

Great spot for simple hiking. Great spot for families, even if you just want to stay near the visitor center and enjoy the lake view over a picnic lunch. If you're hiking, Sterling Lake Loop is the blue blazed trail. Follow the blue blazes for a simple 4.5mi hike around Sterling Lake. The trail loops around and brings you back to the parking lot/visitor center. Or you can veer off to other, longer trails, as you'll see some connections along the way. (Have a map if you do.) This trail might be moderate for new hikers, but if you're an experienced hiker this trail is a pretty simple hike, still enjoyable. Good for solo hikes as well since you're still quite close to civilization, you know, just incase. I chose this spot since I went hiking alone on a Sunday afternoon. Saw a few groups of hikers along the way. There may be less people on week days.

4 months ago

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8 months ago

1 year ago

The hike was very nice. It was a good bit uphill and could be challenging if you're not used to walking. Parts of it are paved and parts are narrow dirt trails. There are some amazing views of the lake and there is an old building with trees growing in it that you can look at. The ranger recommended from the visitors center you go to the left and get the uphill done first so the easier part of the trail is at the end.

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1 year ago

Easy 5 mile hike.

2 years ago

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3 years ago

Me and my boyfriend had a beautiful day.Really had a great time for my first time hiking.Highly recommended.We definitely be back next year.

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3 years ago

we had a beautiful day hiking around the lake, it is considered as medium for starters. highly recommended

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3 years ago

Trail is well marked, and plenty of views of the lake throughout the trail! There are still structures standing from the mining days.

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4 years ago

Beautiful views, great hike for kids.

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4 years ago

Very pretty lots of nice views. The lake is gorgeous. Some parts of it are quite hilly and rough. Most of it is very nice walk. Me and my gf did it today and it was beautiful outside. The visitor center is full of information. Some does work there if you have questions and he has maps as well. There are bathrooms along the path. Beautiful overall day

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4 years ago

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5 years ago

Wonderful hike/walk. Scenery was pleasant. About half of the trip is along the lake. The other half is still pretty though.