Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

This was my first hike after the Grand Canyon. Several weeks had passed, in part due to weekend thunderstorms. On this day, I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club, with the understanding that they were going to visit Harriman State Park, specifically some trails that I hadn’t yet hiked. Instead, I was disappointed to learn that the intended leader had been replaced, and the replacement leader had changed the venue. Apparently this was communicated via e-mail to members of the AMC, but since I was not a member, I didn’t know that.

So we went to Sterling Forest, to the very trails that I had hiked just two months earlier. The only difference was that whereas I had done the hike clockwise, the group did it counterclockwise. They also added a hike around Sterling Lake onto the end of the hike.

This is a panoramic view of Greenwood Lake from Bare Rock.

Greenwood Lake, from Bare Rock, Sterling Forest State Park, NY

Greenwood Lake

The following images were taken toward the end of our hike, as we walked around Sterling Lake.

Sterling Lake, Sterling Forest State Park, NY

Sterling Lake

 

Sterling Lake, Sterling Forest State Park, NY

Sterling Lake

 

Sterling Lake, Sterling Forest State Park, NY

Sterling Lake

This was about an 8.5-mile hike.

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