Sterling Lake Loop

Sterling Forest State Park

Sterling Lake from the Sterling Lake Loop at Sterling Forest - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin Sterling Lake from the Sterling Lake Loop at Sterling Forest - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike circles scenic Sterling Lake, mostly on woods roads, and passes by relics of former mining activity.

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This hike circles Sterling Lake in the clockwise direction, following the Sterling Lake Loop, marked with dark blue plastic blazes.

Leave the park visitor center, using the front entrance, and turn right (west) on a dirt path, following the blue blazes of the Sterling Lake Loop. The trail briefly joins the paved entrance road, then bears right and goes across a grassy field, passing...

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Trip Reports

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November 06, 2018
Nice and easy for an afternoon!
This is a very heavily traversed and easy to handle hike. I would recommend it for those with kids or who have only a short time on their hands. It takes me about an hour and a half to complete and is very clear the whole way. Great Sunday stroll!
March 23, 2014
Make sure your boots are waterproof
<p><img src="/sites/default/files/u18171/20140321_164202.jpg" alt="Flooded causeway." width="450" height="600"></p>
March 22, 2014
The first causeway needs to be elevated!
<p>Did this hike counterclockwise and it's a really nice hike but perhaps the sate should build an elevated bridge over the first causeway since it was overflowing with water that was a foot deep.</p> <p>Personally, I just pulled up my pants and ran through it, but it was dagerous and would not recommend doing it until the water levels reced.</p> <p>Still I had a good time and would do this again in the late spring or Summer time.</p> <p>Excellent blazes and not possible to get lost with such</p> <p>Also, if possible you should allow images o be uploaded straight from the computer instead of needing to adding url.</p> <p>Hope you can make this happen.</p>
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