Sterling Forest Grand Loop

  • March 23, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Requirements: By joining this event you agree to the group rules located in the Pages section. It's your responsibility to bring enough food and water (3 liters are recommended) for this trip or more if you think you need it. You are required to dress appropriately for the season and have the proper equipment such as hiking boots. Please read the mileage and difficulty and make sure you are physically able to complete this hike at a moderate pace. Hike times are only estimated and actual finish times might vary depending on a number of factors.

*** This an Intermediate hike (Not suitable for those new to hiking) ***

The Basics:
Terrain: Several hills and Scrambling
Elevation Gain: 1500+ feet
Distance: 9 miles
Hiking Pace: Moderate (1.5 mph)
Estimated Trail Time: 6 Hours
Dogs: Allowed on leash

About the Hike:
Come explore a beautiful and often overlooked park rich with history and varied terrain that is a stone’s throw from Harriman. This hike will hit all the highlights.  We will start the hike from the Sterling Forest visitor’s center and follow the blue mine trail past the furnace and then skirting the lake, up the yellow to the to the blue ridge trail, then over and up the newly extended orange “Bare Rock” trail to Bare Rock our lunch spot which affords 180 degree views of 7mi long Greenwood Lake. For our return trip we will visit an active beaver dam then a scramble up to the top of the ridge to the fire tower that affords spectacular panoramic views, and then descend the red fire tower trail to the visitor’s center.

Getting a Spot:
- Please write in your RSVP if you are driving and from where, or if you are getting a ride.
- Update your RSVP if you can't make it.

Directions to the Sterling Forest Visitor’s Center by car
Please Note: You must pass through Sloatsburg while on 17. Be mindful of the 35 MPH speed limit.
There are many police speed traps.
• NYS Thruway to Exit 15A, (Route 17 North).
• Travel on Route 17 for about 1 ½ miles to the Sterling Mine Road (Route 72) exit
• If you pass under an overpass and reach the Dunkin Donuts you have gone too far.
• Travel on Sterling Mine Road (4 miles) to Long Meadow Road
• RIGHT onto Long Meadow Road
• Travel on Long Meadow Road (4 miles) to Old Forge Road
• LEFT onto Old Forge Road
• Look for signs to the Sterling Forest Visitor’s Center

Google Driving Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/kCi4X

Car drivers should get to this parking lot (That's 41.197805, -74.256023 in case the link doesn't work. Just go to Google maps and enter the coordinates) at 9am.

Car Drivers and Riders:
People who are coming by car and are willing to give rides, please write in your RSVP from where and when you are leaving. If you'd like a ride, please contact a driver (and bring $ to chip in for gas and tolls.)

Day Hiking Gear:
Standard gear: hiking boots, non-cotton clothes, sunscreen, etc.
- 3 liters of water minimum
- Lunch, Snacks and extra food.
- Headlamp

Suggested Gear:
- Hiking Poles
- Sterling Forest Trails hiking map

Weather:
Check the forecast for Greenwood Lake, New York.

After the Hike:
-Upload your pictures and review the hike!

See you on the trails!
-Gregory

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  • Rob

    All you commenters took the words out of my mouth, so I'm not gonna say a thing, except thanks to Greg for doing the heavy lifting and showing us the new trail to Bare Rock. What a great spot! And, oh, Emma apologizes for snapping at some of you....she really got up on the wrong side of the bed.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Minyoung

      Emma is such a cutie.

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Mary Ann

    Beautiful hike!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Olga P

    Thanks for a lovely hike, Gregory! (Even though you made off with my carabiner!!!!!!)

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Gregory Simeone

      Jeez, where is the love for the leader? I notice when I got home. Rest assured it will be returned to you upon our next meeting. Unless I grow attached to it. It is a lovely shade of green. My favorite color! Thanks Olga! ;)

      1 · March 24, 2013

    • Olga P

      Nothing but respect for the leader. Respect and carabiners ;)

      March 24, 2013

  • Gregory Simeone

    Wonderful people, with great energy. We were blessed with a terrific day, snow covered trails, and beautiful views. Thanks all for sharing your day with me.

    3 · March 24, 2013

  • Tim S

    Very well organized & planned hike. As always a great gtoup of people at Tristate.

    March 24, 2013

  • Lucy M

    Zero stars to Gregory for trying to give me the key to Sterling Forest only after Christine rejected his offer, but 5 stars to the hike and fun group. See you all again soon!

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • CindyB

    Great day. Thanks Gregory. I always meet the friendliest people on these meet-up hikes. Today was no exception. Enjoyed making more new friends. See you all soon hopefully.

    March 23, 2013

  • zak

    The hike was great, people were awesome and the weather was perfect. Don't forget the Leader > thanks Greg :)

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Michael S

    This was an awesome hike with a great group of people. Thanks Gregory for organizing and leading and everybody else for being so nice and friendly!

    March 23, 2013

  • Lori Beer

    Beautiful place and lots of fun people.

    March 23, 2013

  • Minyoung

    Parts of this hike took me away from civilization and made me euphoric.

    March 23, 2013

  • Meredith

    Can't make the 9 am. Sorry, Greg.

    March 23, 2013

  • Ken

    Sorry guys but I have to bail. I don't think I can make it tomorrow.

    March 22, 2013

  • James Flynn

    Driving from elmont Long island if anyone needs a ride.

    March 22, 2013

  • Angel

    Riding with Christine... Yipee!

    March 22, 2013

  • Tim S

    IS the Moz coming? Taylor keeps asking me.

    March 21, 2013

    • Steve

      I'm not sure if Moz's dad is coming, still debating. Either way Moz has been with his other parents the last few weeks.

      March 21, 2013

    • Rob

      Tell ms T that Emma may come.

      March 22, 2013

  • Gregory Simeone

    Ok new RSVPs are now closed. Please update your RSVP status if for some reason you cannot go so I do not wait for you at the meeting spot tomorrow. Thank you. I sent my cell # separately to everyone in case you need to reach me. See you all tomorrow. Gregory

    March 22, 2013

  • zak

    I am taking Olga P. 2 more spots available. can pick up from downtown brooklyn or manhattan (west). email me directly if you still need a ride.

    March 21, 2013

  • Tim S

    Maryann & Lucy: 8AM at HSBC Please

    March 21, 2013

    • Lucy M

      Tim, 8am it is!

      March 21, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Sorry but have to be away on business. Damn

    March 21, 2013

  • Minyoung

    Riding with Leon

    March 21, 2013

  • zak

    I can take 2 people from Manhattan or downtown brooklyn

    March 20, 2013

  • kitteryann

    Have to go into work for the audit. Came off the waiting list too late to get out of it. So sorry!

    March 20, 2013

  • Michael S

    I can give a ride to anybody that can get uptown to 181 st in Manh

    March 20, 2013

  • Gregory Simeone

    Hello everyone, Looking forward to the hike. If you have not already please update your status. There are many people waiting and looking for rides. I am driving from Long Island and can take 3.

    Thank you, Gregory.

    March 20, 2013

    • Rob

      Riding my unicycle. Could give a lift from Tarrytown Metro if anyone is desperate. Dress warmly.

      2 · March 20, 2013

    • Lucy M

      Rob, I am looking forward to seeing you on the unicycle!

      1 · March 20, 2013

  • Hayley

    Riding with Christine

    March 20, 2013

  • Olga Sh

    Driving from Jersey City with Sergey, have room if anyone needs a lift, let us know.

    March 20, 2013

  • Angel

    Need a ride from Manhattan or surrounding boroughs. Happy to share gas and tolls! Thank you!

    March 20, 2013

    • Angel

      Please text me at [masked] if you have room in your car!

      March 20, 2013

  • Chris Anthony

    Really interested in this hike!

    March 20, 2013

  • Ken

    Driving from Clifton

    March 17, 2013

  • Olga P

    Need a lift too! I think I know with who ;)

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Tim S

      Hey Olga. I will squeeze you in as well

      March 16, 2013

    • Olga P

      Thanks Tim!

      March 16, 2013

  • Tim S

    Driving Maryann & Lucy & Taylor. Car is full

    March 16, 2013

    • Tim S

      And Olga

      March 16, 2013

  • Christine

    I'm leaving from Astoria and have room for a few people. If interested, email me directly.

    March 16, 2013

  • kitteryann

    Dtiving from li

    March 15, 2013

  • Lucy M

    Looking forward to my first hike lead by Gregory! Need a lift from Brooklyn or Manhattan please.

    March 14, 2013

  • Minyoung

    I need a ride but am coming from Kew Gardens, Queens.

    March 14, 2013

  • Patrick

    Coming from Jersey City if someone needs a ride

    March 14, 2013

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