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Sterling Forest State Park comprises 21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available. To help disseminate knowledge about Sterling Forest's environment and history, the commission built the US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center. The visitor center overlooking Sterling Lake features exhibits about the local environment as well as an auditorium for related presentations.

Great hike with lots to see - beautiful Visitor Center, Iron mining historic district (pickup brochure at Visitor Center), vista over Greenwood Lake and Fire Tower to climb. Also has a fun scramble just before the Fire Tower up the side of the rocky hill. Hike took about 5 hours including stops.

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9 days ago

nice trail, easy walk.

I didn't see some of the things other people saw I wish I did but the lake was very pretty and the views were beautiful

I believe this is the same hike as "Bare Rock Ramble." Make a right onto BLUE trail from visitor's center, catch the ORANGE, then loop to RED/WHITE and cut back to visitor's center on RED TRIANGLE. Great hike, especially being so close to the city. It is mostly flat except for few steep parts. Highlights are the panoramic vista over the Greenwood lake and the firetower.

The trail is so peaceful and you are gonna have a very good time. In my opinion it is a moderate trail.
I would recommend you follow the trail signs and not the app's map.

great day!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

nice trail but you have to hike on the main road for a bit.