Sunday, January 14, 2024

Indian Hill at Sterling Forest and Furnace Waterfalls

Sterling Forest State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Indian Hill Trail: Yellow blaze
Furnace Loop Trail: Red blaze
Warbler Trail: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:25 minutes
Estimated Distance: 2.5 Mile

Pros: Nice view, scenic waterfalls, and historical furnace
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

I was up in the Monroe area and chose this short hike with a good view and nice waterfalls. I parked at the end of the dirt road where the Indian Hill trailhead parking is, and took the southern portion of the Indian Hill Trail south towards the view. After the view I took the steep descent down along the Furnace Loop Trail, crossing the brook on the bridge. The brook was raging from all the recent rains, and enjoyed the cascades with the extra water volume. 

I then crossed back and continued along the Furnace Loop Trail, passing the old furnace to the right. I then climbed up and reached the Warbler Trail, which I took alongside a scenic pond. I took this trail to the Furnace Loop Trail which I took back to my car.

Map of the Route

Trailhead Information Kiosk, with Warning About Hunting

Start of the Indian Hill Trailhead

Indian Hill Trail

Approaching the Summit

Indian Hill View

Furnace Loop Trail Marker

Cascades Under the Bridge

Waterfalls at Southfields Furnace

Southfields Furnace

Pond on the Warbler Trail

Warbler and Furnace Creek Trail Intersection

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