Sterling Valley Loop

EASY 11 reviews

Sterling Valley Loop is a 7.8 mile loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.8 miles
1,000 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running





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.

1 month ago

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.

7 months ago

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

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Saturday, October 26, 2013