Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail

MODERATE 56 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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