Sterling Forest State Park comprises 17,953 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area.
This will be an approximately 8-10 mile hike through Sterling Forest. I have not yet determined a route, but we will be on NYNJTC Trail Map 100. Having done the blue trail many times, I plan to route to some of the trails I have not done. For those who did my Sterling Forest hike not long ago, we will not be repeating any of the same trails. Among other things, we will be passing through the Doris Duke Wildlife Sanctuary.
This is a solid intermediate hike not suitable for beginners or slow intermediates.
Organizer: David Klein
Distance: 8-10 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000-2,000 (educated guess)
Time Estimate: 6-7 hours
PLEASE BE ON TIME. WE WILL DEPART PROMPTLY AT 9:45.
This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers.
Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where), If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.
Parking and Directions
GPS Coordinates are approximate. The parking lot appears to be at the intersection of Beech Road and Long Meadow Road in Sterling Forest. It is designated lot P17 on NYNJTC Map 100.
Take Exit 15A off the NYS Thruway. Head north on Route 17 for a short distance (looks like less than half a mile). Turn left on Sterling Mine Road (Route 72) for about 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Long Meadow Road for about[masked] miles. You will pass an IBM facility on your left and a sign pointing to Blue Lake. Continue Straight. The parking lot will be about 1/2 mile ahead on the right.
Responsibility of all hikers: (YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU)
Join these hikes only at your own risk. The hike leader and those connected to this group and this website may not be held responsible for the safety or well-being of anyone or their pets who chooses to join these hikes. By going with us, you agree to research the trip, send the organizer or others questions as necessary. On the trail, we all care for each other as friends, not as guides or leaders or agents – if you sign up to come, you agree to take primary responsibility for yourself. There are no “liability waivers” or other written agreements to sign. By signing up you pledge to agree not to hold anyone responsible if something somehow goes wrong.