Sterling Forest: Sapphire Trail / Indian Hills Trail

  • March 15, 2014 · 9:30 AM

Join us for a moderate-to-strenuous hike in Sterling Forest. We will hike in the eastern section of the park up to the Appalachian Trail via the Sapphire trail. From there we'll do the Indian Hill trail loop, and return. Along the way we'll see some of the fascinating geological formations that make this area so beautiful. Rocky trails, scenic vistas and several long, sustained hill climbs along the way. 











Difficulty: Moderate-to-strenuous. Several long sustained hill climbs along rocky terrain.

Distance: 9 miles

Estimated Time: 5 - 6 hours

Google Map link to Harriman Train Station parking lot:,-74.141538&hl=en&sll=41.292213,-74.138843&sspn=0.007207,0.016512&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=17&t=m&z=17. Plan to meet at parking lot entrance road. Sapphire trail begins on the other side of Rte 17.

Trail map: NY/NJ TC#100

Weather: Rain cancels.

Guests: No guests. Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join!

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.

Important Note: Be certain to check this webpage and your email prior to the hike for any last-minute changes or cancellations.

Important general notes about my hikes:

Liability Waiver: Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.


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  • john g.

    Another great day thanks to Peter ,

    March 16, 2014

  • Patrizia

    Peter managed to give us another beautiful day, after a polar week! Thank you for organizing such an interesting hike in beautiful Sterling. Rich and John, thank you for your pictures. And Ed, your Captain Table...definitely a keeper!

    1 · March 16, 2014

    • Ed

      Thanks Patrizia, as always, your treats are a keeper! thanks for sharing!

      1 · March 16, 2014

  • john c

    thanks again pete for a great hike. the group was also great to hike with and afterwards at captains table. thanks to all

    March 15, 2014

  • maggie

    Peter is the best thank u for a great day

    March 15, 2014

  • Brian C

    Thank you for organizing Peter. Beautiful day and a nice hike. Nice to see some friendly faces out and about after a brutal winter. Gets your boots dry and we will see you on the trail again.

    March 15, 2014

  • Vandana Singh (.

    Thanks Peter for the Great Hike, the weather was gorgeous and nice group of people.
    And thanks to Patrizia for the delicious bars.

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Tom

    It was great to see everyone on such a nice day!

    March 15, 2014

  • Ed

    Thanks Peter for a nice hike on a nice day with a nice group of people. Snow was a bit difficult but the hike makes us appreciate warmer weather!

    March 15, 2014

  • Anthony

    Thanks Peter after that hike I deserve a nice plate of pasta.

    March 15, 2014

  • Berenice

    I had to change my RSVP because because I didn't get a ride. Have fun!

    March 15, 2014

  • Prissy

    Do we need microspikes for this hike? I went to EMS yesterday , out of stock. Thanks

    March 12, 2014

    • Prissy

      Thanks Peter!

      March 14, 2014

    • Prissy

      Sorry to cancel this morning...

      March 15, 2014

  • Ryan Roberts J.

    sorry to cancel but woke up with some sort of a stomach bug

    March 15, 2014

  • nelly

    Sorry to cancel :(

    March 14, 2014

  • Berenice

    Hey guys! Anyone can offer a ride from Manhattan?
    I will cooperate with the costs, of course. Thanks!

    March 14, 2014

  • Liam

    The only one I can think of is the old, and trusted stand-by, The Rhodes Tavern North 400 Orange Tpke ( RT 17) Sloatsburg. Approx. 8 miles south on RT 17.

    March 14, 2014

  • Peter

    Any post-hike restaurant suggestions w/in the Harriman metroplex area?

    March 14, 2014

  • 'Rumana C.

    Looking for a ride if anyone is driving from NYC; will split all the costs. I am coming from Astoria but can meet you anywhere in the city or surrounding. If anyone can give me a ride from a Metro North train station, that will work too! Thanks!

    March 13, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Neptune Diner at Astoria Boulevard is also fine for pick up...

    March 11, 2014

  • Craig

    Ski weekend for me :-) It's gonna be a beautiful day ! Have fun !

    March 10, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Looking for a ride and will split all expenses...
    I am at NYC Upper West Side, will meet any where convenient for you...
    Pick up by the George Washington Bridge around 178th or 179th Streets or New Jersey, Fort Lee is also good places...

    March 10, 2014

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