Orange County, NY
Sterling Mine Trail: Yellow Blaze
Sterling Lake Loop: Blue Blaze
Fire Tower Connector Trail: Red Blaze
Fire Tower Trail: Red Blaze
Sterling Ridge Trail: Blue Blaze
Sterling Valley Loop Trail: Yellow Blaze
Total Time: 3:30 min
Estimated Distance: 6.2 Miles
I have been to the Sterling Ridge Fire Tower several times but the Fire Tower is always closed off. I think this was my first time there during the summer when it was open. We parked on Sterling Lake road right by the Sterling mine and took the short Sterling Mine Trail through the mine dumps and shafts and abandoned buildings. From there we took the Fire Tower Connector Trai trail until the Fire Tower Trail, all the way up the Fire Tower. This is a very easy two lane trail, and although the climb is good it is not steep at all and gradual.
We climbed up the Fire Tower, took some pictures, and then continued along the Sterling Ridge Trail north past some views and the Power Lines, and a little further by a stream we bushwacked down near the stream to the Sterling Valley Loop Trail. From there continued along until the lake and then continued along the road back to the car.
|Map of the Route|
|Pit in the Sterling Mine|
|Ruin in the Sterling Mine|
|Sterling Lake from the Southern Shore|
|Another view from the Southern Shore|
|The top of the Fire Tower.|
Looking north at Sterling Lake.
|Sterling Lake from the Fire Tower.|
|Yehuda on the top of the Fire Tower.|
|Looking west from the Fire Tower.|
|Me Looking Down from the Fire Tower.|
|A Giant Fly we saw at the Fire Tower.|
This fly was the size of a large bumble bee.
|Sterling Lake from the view on the Sterling Ridge Trail.|
|Me at the above view.|