Sterling Forest Bare Rock Trail

HARD 15 reviews

Sterling Forest Bare Rock Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Warwick, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1489 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

rocky

historic site

Fun hike at Sterling Forest. See Lakeville Ironworks ruins, overlook of Greenwood Lake, and climb firetower with endless view of rolling hills. Also has a great Visitor Center! Trail head starts at Highlands Environmental Research Center. Walk through woods to Visitor Center to pick up Blue trail (Sterling Lake trail) After short while intersects with Yellow Lakeville Ironworks trail - follow this through historic site back to Blue trail (road). Follow Blue to intersection with Orange trail (Bare Rock trail). Take Orange trail into woods and uphill. Cross Sterling Ridge and West Valley trails. After almost 3 miles you will see a side trail to vista overlooking Greenwood lake. Return to Orange trail and follow it to intersection with FireTower trail (Red with white). Take Fire Tower trail to left (north). Along this trail you will come to a large beaver pond. Cross below the dam and follow lake edge to pick up trail. Fire Tower trail will join Sterling Ridge (Blue) and Highlands (Turquoise) trails. At this point the trail climbs up the rocky hillside (twice). Eventually you will come to the Firetower itself. This rocky section requires a scamble and is the only hard part of the trail. From the Firetower head downhill on the Firetower trail until you meet the Firetower Connector trail (Red Triangle). Take the this to the road and the Blue trail. Follow Blue trail back to the Visitor Center

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27 days ago

1 month ago

Bare rock was well worth the trip, but the rest of the loop was not. Top of the fire tower is rotting so you cant climb it. I recommend going from the lake to bare rock and back. Worth a trip if its not far from you, but there's much better trails in Harriman state park

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike with decent incline Go right at the loop to avoid going down the boulders. Mostly in the woods. Definitely go see the lookout. It's the only view of the water.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice trail. Great view of the lake down below. Good cardio.

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2 months ago

9.1 miles and 1900 feet according to my Samsung Health app, including a short walk on the mining history trail. mostly fairly easy in terms of elevation. Go counterclockwise so you can go up the rock scramble leading to the fire tower. There were only a few others on this trail on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Good hike overall, some cool old relics. Heads up, I did encounter a black bear. Easily scared him away.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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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5 months ago

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Saturday, May 17, 2014