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Sterling Lake Loop Trail

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Sterling Forest State Park

Sterling Lake Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

partially paved

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

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.

walking
muddy
6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Counterclockwise offers most rewarding views at the right times in the hike. Definitely muddy in certain areas with difficult crossings to keep shoes dry. I will be coming back several times.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

recorded Sterling Lake Loop Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Nice walking.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail with lots of different terrain. Go early in the morning so you beat the afternoon rush.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views. Very enjoyable. The lake is amazing.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 days ago

Great views and relatively easy hike. Definitely do counterclockwise. Will return

hiking
12 days ago

This is an enjoyable, extremely moderate hike with very nice views of the lake. there are a few very small uphill sections to get the heartrate up, but at approximately 4 miles length it is overall a perfect combination of a nice workout and time spent in the outdoors. I would recommend going counter clockwise since this will get the relatively mundane section with no lakeview out of the way first. You would end with a complete loop around the shore of the lake and then the sterling iron works.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

What a great day! Trail was a little muddy in some areas, I wore sneakers and brought the dog. A couple bugs in your face every now and then but an overall beautiful trail will definitely return.

hiking
flooded
muddy
private property
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Recommend doing the trail counterclockwise so you start with the flat part and end the trail walking along the road. There’s a good amount of private property that you have to go around, but lots of great views. the day we went it was flooded and muddy, but that just made it more fun :-) We did the full loop with a three and a five-year-old, and it was challenging but doable.

hiking
muddy
21 days ago

This trail is beautiful once you get to the lake. Wow I would come back here again. The lake was beautiful and the hike is moderate. I saw a lot of families with their kids and also people with bikes. One downside is there are so many bugs in your face it’s crazy but I still give it a 5 because of the view of the lake it is so peaceful. Would recommend and would go again just to see the water.

Great moderate hike, I was able to jog on some of the flatter areas. Beautiful views and well kept.

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
23 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
25 days ago

nice variety -- woods, lake, and an iron forge from George Washington's time. The top of the lake flooded onto the trail, and some puddle / mud crossings are required (actually made things a bit more fun!). We were fine with waterproof hiking boots, but I wouldn't want to attempt them in sneakers. Some mosquitos were present, but DEET was enough to prevent them from being too much of a nuisance One note, the trail entry/exit on the right side of the visitor center (ie if you start the trail counterclockwise) is blocked with fallen trees and overgrowth; bushwacking will be required to pass. As we did the loop clockwise, we didn't encounter this until the very end.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice walk in the woods with a dog. Lots of spots to sit and enjoy the lake. But I consider this a stroll in the woods, not a true hike.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
1 month ago

Was a very pretty lake view but doesn’t go high and is definitely more easy than it is moderate. Lotssss of mosquitos too despite using a ton of bug spray.

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