Sterling Lake revisited

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View from the fire tower

It has been a long time since I visited the Sterling Lake area for a serious hike, to be precise, in July 2008, actually, see here. Sterling Lake is located in the Sterling Forest State Park. Established in 1998 it is one of the larger additions to the state park system. The area was previously owned by the Sterling Iron and Railway Company. Once a railroad crossed the forest and iron mining activities were, like in the areas around, also conducted here. See my previous blog for some pictures. A part of the area almost became the place of house development which, fortunately, was prevented.

The 71.8 km² (17,953 acre) state park is home to many species; black bear, fox, rattle snake, several birds, plants, etc.

Another view on Sterling Lake
The area around the lake has a lot of forested ridges which makes hiking an interesting activity. Apart from the trails, nature and scenery, the park also houses an old fire tower. Built in 1922, the 18-meter (60-ft) Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower gives the visitors, daring enough to climb the steep and creaky stairs, a brilliant view on the rolling hills of the area.

I came here for a short and simple hike. But, distracted by all the many trails and hiking possibilities I ended up hiking 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) and total climb of 768 meters (2520 ft). I made it back to the car JUST in time, i.e. after sunset but just before complete darkness. At the beginning of the hike I managed to climb the tower, which was a very cold experience with outside temperatures of about -7 °C (20 F).

More pictures below!

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View from the fire tower
View from the fire tower
Another view on Sterling Lake
Another view on Sterling Lake
View from the fire tower
View from the fire tower
View from the fire tower, Sterling…
View from the fire tower, Sterlin…
The fire tower
The fire tower
Snowy hike!
Snowy hike!
Sterling Lake
Sterling Lake
Ice
Ice
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GPS profile redered by GPSVisuali…
GPS height profile
GPS height profile
Sterling Lake
photo by: mdalamers