hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail with a lovely visitor center at the start. . Beautiful trees and views of the lake. Mostly flat and not very challenging.

great trail, absolutely beautiful and very well maintained.

Good hike for this out of shape fat guy!

Great Trail, beautiful views.

Great Trail, beautiful views.

There is a secretive lake beach section that is perfect for resting/picnic if you are into quietness and solitude. There's a lot of flies and bugs so make sure you bring a big bottle of spray!

I love this loop! It isn't very strenuous, but you get about 5.5 miles in if you go from the visitor center around the blue trail. There is a beautiful little beach at the north end of the trail and my dog loves to take a "break" to chase the ball and swim there. Very relaxing, especially during the week when there are no crowds.

Fun and beautiful hike! We took our 4 and 1 year old around the loop, and they loved the woodsy paths, the waterfall/creeks and the beach. One of the highlights was the beautiful visitors center with light up map, and the helpful and friendly staffer, Allison, who showed us the route we'd be taking and took us outside to start us right on the path. It is steep and rocky in parts, so while it was manageable, I'd say this is an intermediate hike if you're a beginner and/or carrying kids like we were. Highly recommended!

Nice hike. Kids had a blast. Mostly forest hiking, not much water besides the main lake view.

Nice trail, would drop it to Easy

Took my dog on this hike and it was awesome. We only saw one person the whole time we were out, which is just how I like it. We listened to other reviewers who said go up the mountain first. Smart. Got the hard bit out of the way first although it wasn't too hard. Few super muddy bits and my dog was shoulder deep in muck at one part. But once you get to the land bridge by the lake it's more cleared trail. lol We stopped for lunch at a clearing by a little beach area and it was a great view. The second half was pretty easy going. We veered off the trail by the mines. Way cool to check out.

Be sure to check for ticks! I found a few on me, even with bug spray.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

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!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Not hard at all however beautiful

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nice relaxing trail .. Good views .. Recommend

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Easy 5 mile hike.

hiking
Saturday, September 07, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 07, 2013

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

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