Our next hike will be a great loop in Sterling Forest, just barely over the NY line! Our friend Brad Anesi has stepped up to do his first co-lead with the group and show us some of the trails we have yet to cover in Sterling, most notably the Red Back Loop.
Back in 2009 we attempted to trace the route of this trail to no avail, but Brad knows the way! In addition to Red Back, we will also be hiking sections of the Highlands Trail on the Sterling Ridge, Lake to Lake Trail, and Bare Rock Trail which is a relatively new addition to the trail system. It offers an excellent view of Greenwood Lake.
We may also revisit some past spots including the Sterling Fire Tower and maybe the furnace. The hike features some excellent views and interesting old iron mines.
We will be meeting at 9 am across from the Eagle Valley Fire House, at 14 Scott Mine Road, Tuxedo Park NY.
To get there, take interstate 287 to exit 55 for Rt 511, Ringwood Ave. Continue straight as it changes names to Greenwood Lake Turnpike further up (for those coming from the east, they may take the earlier exit for Skyline Drive north, and then turn right on Greenwood Lake Turnpike at it's end). Turn right on Sloatsburg Road, which further up sort of becomes Mill Pond Road. From there, continue as it becomes Sterling Mine Road in NY. Turn left shortly on Long Meadow Road, then right onto Eagle Valley Road. Make a left onto Scott Mine Road to reach the destination.
There are no food stops along this hike; it will be mostly woods. Make sure to bring a luch and/or snack and plenty of water. It's been unseasonably warm and you might need a lot.
Contact me if you need further details.