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Sterling Forest Fire Tower Loop

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7.4 mile 12.0 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,044' 318 m
Descent: -1,044' -318 m
High: 1,321' 403 m
Low: 748' 228 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A loop trail through Sterling Forest State Park with a fire tower lookout.

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Features Lake · Views

Overview

This trail offers a nice loop option within Sterling Forest State Park. You'll get nice views of the lake, run past marshes and rivers, and be able to climb a fire tower to get some great panoramas.

Description

This nice loop trail allows you to enjoy Sterling Lake, Greenwood Lake, and great views from the Sterling Forest Fire Tower. This description leads runners counterclockwise. From the visitors' center where you can park you'll have to start along the Sterling Lake Trail which is a road at first. Look for the trail near a gate on the left on the side of a hill. Start the loop going northwest on the orange-blazed Bare Rock Trail. Continue on orange up the hill and pass by the Blue Trail (note - to do the shortest possible loop to the fire tower, you could take the Blue Trail south here).

The Bare Rock Trail will join up with the green-blazed West Valley Trail for about a quarter of a mile and then branch off on it's own to the northwest. (Note: you can take West Valley Trail south to the Red Trail to shorten this loop). Stay on West Valley Trail for a nice viewpoint over Greenwood Lake.

Next, you'll meander up a hill and back down before joining the red-blazed Fire Tower Trail. Make a sharp turn north and join the Fire Tower Trail. After a short distance, it will make a turn back south again. After a half mile of going south, you'll meet up with the Blue Trail. The blue and red-blazed Fire Tower Trail will join shortly and head northeast up the steep hill to the Fire Tower. You should be able to climb to the top of the fire tower for the best views.

Once you are done taking in the views from the top of the fire tower, find where the red and blue trails split and continue on the red section east and down the hill. The red trail will turn south briefly before splitting into two trails. Take the northern branch downhill to the Sterling Lake Trail and back to the visitors' center.

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