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Sterling Forest 8-10 Miles Intermediate

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)

Phone:[masked]

Time Estimate: 6-7 hours

Difficulty:  Intermediate

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.


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  • rita c

    I was only going to give you 4 stars, because of lack of Photo ops. But you made the extra star at dinner... Still a good workout , and nice new people. A little math challenge on the milage count... lol

    2 · June 10, 2013

  • Aravind

    I Got a tick bite.. check for ticks before you crash tonight. .

    June 9, 2013

    • Holly

      me too. But really enjoyed the day:-) . thanks David for organizing it and nice to meet you all.

      June 9, 2013

  • Jags

    Thanks David for organizing another fun filled hike!! Its great to meet people I already met and nice to see new faces. Thanks Enmanuel for the ride. Thanks Donna for enlightening me on "American kids"!! and finally the nice dinner;) Looking forward to meet you again.

    4 · June 9, 2013

  • John R.

    Fun hike! Thanks for organizing, David!

    3 · June 9, 2013

  • Raj 🚶.

    Sorry, woke up little too late.....

    June 9, 2013

  • Slava

    sorry for short notice, can't make it this time

    June 8, 2013

  • Thomas. A.

    Sorry Dave I can't make it

    June 8, 2013

  • Jo

    Sorry I have to bail. Surf's up with stellar conditions. I have to switch gears. See you on the next hike!

    June 8, 2013

  • Jags

    I love to come for this hike. Please add me.

    June 8, 2013

  • Thomas. A.

    Thanks Dave

    June 7, 2013

  • Iggy

    Spending the day with my kids so won't be able to attend.

    June 7, 2013

  • Thomas. A.

    Ok I'm in. Need a good hike

    June 7, 2013

  • Raj 🚶.

    Is it correct to say 4-5 hr hike? Finish before 3 pm? Ty

    June 7, 2013

    • David K.

      Likely to finish before 4. I don't know if we will finish by 3. We have to spot cars.

      June 7, 2013

  • Aravind

    I need a ride from jersey city or nyc. Will share expenses. .

    June 6, 2013

    • Enmanuel

      Aravind: I still have 2 spots. I'm leaving from uws and would be good if you can get there or somewhere in route.

      June 6, 2013

    • Aravind

      Which is the closest subway station?

      June 6, 2013

  • An

    Looking for a ride from Manhattan or nearby accessible by train. Thanks!

    May 29, 2013

    • An

      Apologies I have changed my rsvp to No due to a conflict this weekend. Thanks for the offer!

      June 5, 2013

    • Holly

      Hi Enmanuel thanks a lot. I am living in Bronx. Can you please let me know where and when we can meet?

      June 5, 2013

  • Brad

    I probably won't be able to attend, but since this is in my backyard I'll provide some additional input/corrections to what you have listed above.
    - Regarding the directions, you'll need to go about 2.5 miles on Sterling Mine Rd (not 1.5), before turning right onto Long Meadow Rd at the traffic light. - You'll find nothing that indicates "Beech Rd" - instead look for the small sign that indicates "Blue Lake". You could probably park along the road there, but there's more of an "official" parking area in about a quarter mile by the north end of the lake. - Your links above are going to a Sterling Rd in Suffern. Totally wrong - don't go there. - Since I suspect you don't want to swim across the swamp and fight with the beaver, there is usually a plank in place to cross the rapids area between the Long Meadow Swamp and Little Sterling Lake. That's about a quarter-mile south of the entrance to Blue Lake off Long Meadow where the road turns.

    April 30, 2013

    • rita c

      David, is the link for directions fixed, or should we follow Brad's ?

      June 5, 2013

    • David K.

      The map is fixed. Brad's directions are probably more accurate on distances than mine. You should be fine following either set of directions or the GPS coordinates.

      June 5, 2013

  • Cepaфин

    Sorry everyone not making this one.

    June 5, 2013

  • Laurie Mari G.

    Anybody coming up from the Jersey Shore area that would like to carpool?

    June 3, 2013

  • Jags

    Is anyone going for this hike Manhattan/Jersey City and willing to give me a ride? I'll chip in for the expenses.

    May 29, 2013

    • anup k.

      Hey jagdeesh I m leaving from Hackensack.... Jc is not too far from my place... Lemme know if this works for you!

      May 29, 2013

    • Aravind

      Hi anup, do you have another spot. . I live in jersey city too. Thanks. .

      May 30, 2013

  • Roman

    So much fun is crossed out ((

    May 29, 2013

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