Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail

MODERATE 38 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
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

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
1 day 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.

hiking
3 days ago

5 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

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

hiking
24 days ago

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

24 days 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
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfalls

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
2 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
2 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.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

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hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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!