Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews

Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

One of the hidden treasures of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is undoubtedly Hornbecks Creek Trail, known to some locals as Indian Ladders. Visitors will be delighted to discover an old road-bed trail that meanders along Hornbecks Creek. Once you've arrived at the first waterfall, which by itself is worth the trip, the trail becomes a bit more narrow and rugged. The "ladder" sequence of waterfalls following the first will keep your enthusiasm high. The trail ends at Emery Road.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a really nice hike. The first mile is very easy, more of a walk in the woods than a hike. At roughly the first mile you'll encounter some moderate steepness, a narrowing of the path and some mildly rocky terrain. The views at this point are excellent, as you're right next to the first waterfalls. If it's rained recently use caution as the ground is somewhat slippery and spongy and there are some steep drop-offs. The trail splits a number of times, giving ample opportunity to walk close to the falls / stream, but the trail also blazes through the woods on a well-cleared (But not marked) path that leads up to Emery Road. I would put the majority of this hike on the easy side of moderate. There is no rock scrambling or bushwhacking necessary on this hike at all, but be prepared for a couple of very short steep patches. Loved this one!

4 months ago

First leg is easy for any skill level: Very well-maintained. It pays off with a beautiful waterfall. For a moderate trail, scramble up the path along the side of the first falls and be rewarded with a collection of waterfalls and river views that embellish the trail along the way.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this trail on 16 August and enjoyed it. Some of the trail has been washed out however you can continue the ascend if you go slightly off the trail. I climbed on the falls without getting hardly wet. I recommend this trail on warm days if you wish to swim in some of the swimming holes. We did not find the end at Emery Road owing to over growth at that part of the trail.

6 months ago

Great hike , great waterfall. did it with the dogs ! Not difficult.

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful trail and the first waterfall is beautiful when the sun comes through the trees. Definitely a hike worth doing

hiking
6 months ago

Great combination of beautiful scenery and exercise. Third waterfall is worth the trek.

6 months ago

Beautiful. Easy when it's dry, slippery when wet. If the conditions are good I highly recommend going up to the upper falls too.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls

hiking
7 months ago

Easy shaded hike along a stream. There's a rope swing at the lower falls which is fun.

7 months ago

Nice hike but I see two different pictures of the falls. What I saw was the plain one drop waterfall not the cascading one like some of the posts have...not sure if I missed something.

hiking
8 months ago

Have come here twice this past fall and am heading there today if the weather holds out. Love taking the dogs and it's a really easy trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Had a lot of fun. Haven't been here in the last 2 years and there are a lot of improvements to the trail. Especially the addition of the new bridge. And the trail up to the upper Indian ladders is no longer closed. It's still a bit hairy but glad you can walk completely thru. Great hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Such a nice trail and relatively easy. Took my two dogs and they loved it. Good place to swim. Come here :)

hiking
11 months ago

Hike in from Emery road to see the upper and mid falls. Great trail! I loved all the different viewpoints to get pictures of the waterfalls and cascades.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hiked to the lower falls off of Route 209. The trail was icy at spots but mostly just snow covered. To access the middle and upper falls you will need to drive to Emery Road due to the trail section from the lower to middle falls being unstable. It was a very nice hike!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great hike. Try to go after a recent rainfall for the best experience of the waterfalls. From the trailhead it was about 1.5 miles to Indian Ladder. There were a few dangerous spots on the path but even my young children navigated them just fine. A few unleashed dogs were on this trail. Otherwise very well maintained with lots of scenery and adventure. Park on Emery Road for quicker access to the falls.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Trail is peaceful and mostly flat. There are parts that are rocky and uphill. Too bad we went when there is a drought. The waterfall was more like a trickle. Can't wait to return when the waterfall is at it's height. Also, it's more like 2.4 miles for the full trail.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Very relaxing and a nice view. There is a rope to swing into the water at the waterfall. Water level was low, hope to catch it at a higher level next time!

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

This is a great, peaceful trail that gets better the further you go in. There are so many little step waterfalls along the way. Would be a better trail in the spring as the water levels are very low late summer/ fall. However, with low water levels gives you the chance to hop down in the creek bed and even climb up some of the falls.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Perfect spot to relax

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