Sterling Forest State Park Area
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Total Time: 1:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.8 Miles
Pros: Scenic and quiet area, very green in winter
Cons: No vista views
I am going to make an effort to cover more of the trails in Sterling Forest State Park. I have been to many of the trails, but there are many more I have never gotten to. Furthermore, I recently picked up a new Trail Conference map, which has several new trails I have never seen before on my previous 2005 map edition.
I parked on Orange Turnpike where it intersects the Appalachian Trail. There is a small pull-off on the side of the road, about 100 feet south of the trail, on the southbound lane. I climbed up the incline to the top of the hill, but there isn't really a view here. I then climbed down contining past Little Dam Lake, which this trail follows alongside for a good part of the way. This is an irregular shaped lake that is quite swampy in some areas, and has some nice rock formations alongside its western spur. I then continued along the trail to East Mombasha Road, where I turned around and went back along the same route.
My camera lens got stuck during this hike, so these pictures were taken off my cell phone camera.
|Map of the Route|
|Appalachian Trail Descending Towards Little Dam Lake|
|Little Dam Lake, Facing Northeast|
|Little Dam Lake, Partially Frozen|
|Little Dam Lake Inlet|
|Rock Formations at the Little Dam Lake Inlet|
|Trail Crossing Over Rocks at the Little Dam Lake Inlet|
|Little Dam Lake Inlet Looking Towards Little Dam Lake|
|Appalachian Trail at East Mombasha Road|
|Winter Greenery in Hemlock Forest|
|Little Dam Lake on the Return Route|
|Appalachian Trail Crossing on the Orange Turnpike|
|Me at the AT Trail Crossing Sign|