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Sterling Valley, Bare Rock, and Sterling Ridge Trails Loop

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Sterling Forest State Park
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Sterling Valley, Bare Rock, and Sterling Ridge Trails Loop is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,046 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

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Getting There

This trail follows along a stream that feeds Sterling lake. The trail goes through a deep hollow lined with tall Hemlocks. Once you get out of the hollow you come to Sterling Lake. From the north shore of the lake you get great views of Sterling Ridge and the fire tower. After following along the lake shore to the southern end you get on the Orange trail. At this point you start your climb to the top of Sterling ridge. Along the way you will pass some very nice springs. Once on top you pick up the Sterling ridge trail, which follows the ridge back to the trail head. Along the ridge you'll pass some great view points of the surrounding area.

Sterling Forest: 845-351-5910

Town of Warwick, take 17A East towards Greenwood lake. past town of Greenwood lake and go up Hill. At crest of hill look for hiker crossing. Trail head is on right There is also a sign for Sterling Ridge Trail.

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Aleck Edwards
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A bit rocky and muddy on some parts, flat on other parts

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Corey Rabinowitz
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Matt Lebowitz
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We shortened the hike by going from the hiker’s parking to the lake but then cutting directly back to the parking via the shortcut that cuts through the middle of the full loop as marked (i.e. we stayed on the Stirling Valley Trail the whole time). It was rocky at times, muddy in parts, and buggy in parts, but much of it was very nice and quiet (only saw a few other people the entire afternoon, on a day when nearby Harriman State Park was overrun). We saw lots of birds, a turtle, and tons of frogs (we stood quietly next to a pond long enough for the frogs to forget we were there, and suddenly they were everywhere, swimming around and croaking cacophonously — one of the cooler experiences I’ve had on a hike and one that wouldn’t be possible on a more crowded trail full of people and dogs). Overall, a nice and secluded walk with some pretty scenery and cool nature.

Jen Eisenstein
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We took 3 kids, ages 11, 7 and 4 on the yellow trail to the lake and then back up. About 5 miles round trip. We were looking for a fun, not to strenuous stream hike that we could do with the kids and that would involve getting wet on a hot day. This was perfect. The kids loved hiking through the streams and climbing up some of the waterfalls along the way. We saw lots of frogs, a lizard and a snake. At the lake, we turned left and found a nice cleared area to sit, eat lunch and look at the fish up close. The hike back was more uphill but even our 4 year old persevered and made it. Be prepared for lots of mud along with the fun.

Caitlin Halat
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Not very strenuous. Fairly flat through most sections. Great views off the lake.

Mary Flaherty
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The reason no one checks in on this trail is because you lose service after a mile or so out. The mileage is incorrect. This trail is 5.9 miles according to both the Sterling Forest trail map (available in Visitor's Center) and my Garmin watch. We did it in 2 hours. While the trail is easy, as indicated, you would do well to wear good hiking boots and long pants. Much of the trail is on old roadbeds, but there are some swampy areas, rocky ascents/descents and even a section that is poorly, if at all maintained, and you'll feel like you're bushwhacking. Overall, a nice hike (secluded too...we encountered few people) in a beautiful park that is often overlooked for the more crowded, nearby Harriman State Park.

Bryan Blood
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Joni R
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nice trail but you have to hike on the main road for a bit.

Maritza Andrea
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emily medina
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Chris Marrone
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John Gomez
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Yehezkel Yosef
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Christopher Christopher Caraballo
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Scott Kruse
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