Sterling Forest Fire Tower Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,044' 318 m
Descent: -1,044' -318 m
High: 1,321' 403 m
Low: 748' 228 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A loop trail through Sterling Forest State Park with a fire tower lookout.”— Karl W
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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