Photos of Sterling Valley, Bare Rock, and Sterling Ridge Trails Loop

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,046 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

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.