Easy, relatively level loop around Sterling Lake! Not too rocky, an area where the dogs can wade in the lake (too cold today for my girls to brave it), and lovely vantage points along both sides of the lake. We added an extra half mile by looping through the Sterling Mine trail which leads through abandoned mining buildings, complete with informational plaques. We'll be going back to the State Park to explore more of the 88 miles of trails - very friendly staff at the super informative visitor's center, too!
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.