July 20, 2021 – Delaware Township, Pennsylvania
Size: Roughly 2 miles
Max elevation: 835 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 275 ft.
Route sort: Out and again
Purchase Map: *New 2021* Delaware Water Hole & Kittatinny Trails Map
Avenza App Map: 2021 – Delaware Water Hole & Kittatinny North #122
Trailhead parking: Hornbecks Path – Emery Highway, Delaware Township, PA 18328
No loos on website – restricted roadside parking
Please be aware: Waterfall circumstances are dynamic, altering with climate and seasons. Keep on the path when attainable and be cautious of your environment, like slippery or rocky terrain, fast-paced water, or steep drops.
The Delaware Water Hole Nationwide Recreation Space (DWGNRA) straddles a stretch of the Delaware River on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania border. It encompasses forested mountains, grassy seashores and the Delaware Water Hole, which slices by the Kittatinny Ridge. The DWGNRA encompasses greater than 70,000 acres and has over 150 miles of trails.
The DWGNRA is on the jap fringe of the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the place 40 miles of the Delaware River runs briskly between excessive bluffs and forested shores. There’s virtually nowhere with a better focus of nice waterfalls than the Pocono Mountains. The area is house to some actually beautiful waterfalls. A few of these waterfalls are positioned alongside well-established trails and are standard vacationer sights, whereas others are hidden away in relative obscurity. The waterfalls of Hornbecks Creek (which flows into the Delaware River) is likely to be one of the best hidden gem within the Poconos, with its scenic cascades and deep gorge. Whereas it may not have the peak that the extra well-known waterfalls have, Indian Ladder Falls is one which shouldn’t be missed when climbing within the Delaware Water Hole Nationwide Recreation Space.
Hornbecks Creek had an early grist mill on the base of the mountain by 1775. In 1870, Jacob Hornbeck purchased the property alongside the stream that ultimately took on his title. The creek cascades over stair-step layers of shale between two bigger drops. This gave the stream its Nineteenth-century title of Indian Ladders Creek. The title additionally utilized to a vacationer boarding home within the valley.
At one time Higher & Decrease Hornbecks Creek Trails had been one steady path from US Route 209 to Emery Highway. As a result of extreme storm injury over time, the center part alongside the steep gorge was closed by the Nationwide Park Service. That part of path within the gorge space has sloughed off and has brought about a hazardous situation. There are quite a few downed timber blocking the path alongside the steep hillside. The closed part must be prevented and as an alternative the path will be accessed from separate trailheads on US Route 209 and Emery Highway.
Please Observe: On some apps and path maps, the Higher and Decrease Hornbecks Creek Path are proven as one steady path. The closed part of the path doesn’t seem to have any indicators, however it’s harmful and shouldn’t be tried.
Every week earlier we visited the Decrease Hornbecks Creek Path and afterwards got here as much as the higher part as nicely. We ended up strolling on the incorrect aspect of the creek on one other unmarked path, pondering we had been on the Higher Hornbecks Creek Path. Though we received an excellent view of one of many higher falls, it was not the path that we had been in search of. We returned the next week and received it proper.
This brief path though comparatively simple to observe, is unmarked and is intersected by a number of different trails. Staying near the creek is the apparent plan of action, as a result of in spite of everything you’re seeking out a waterfall. Utilizing the Avenza Maps app is an efficient selection for this hike as a result of it’ll hold you on the best path. With that being stated, This brief out and again hike begins out comparatively degree then descends steeply to the bottom of a powerful waterfall the place chances are you’ll wish to spend a while having fun with the cascading water. Remember the fact that the quantity of water varies all year long and one of the best occasions for viewing most waterfalls are throughout the Spring thaw and after heavy or extended rainfall.
The hike begins on Emery Highway, on the jap aspect of Hornbecks Creek the place there may be pull-off parking for about 3-4 vehicles on the south aspect of the highway. Stroll west alongside the highway, crossing the highway bridge over Hornbecks Creek. There’s extra parking obtainable on the opposite aspect of the bridge, nearer to the precise trailhead. You may even see a footpath on the left (south) after crossing the highway bridge. That could be a fisherman’s path that runs near the creek, however ends a brief distance in. Proceed just a little farther up Emery Highway till you see a wider opening with a kiosk to the left (south).
Proceed previous the signal and head south on the unmarked, however nicely worn path, with Hornbecks Creek down beneath on the left. As you stroll alongside the path, there are some spots that will let you view some enticing cascades. Care must be taken for those who select to do that as there are steep drop offs and among the floor will be unstable and rocks slippery.
Alongside the best way there are strategically positioned benches for those who select to take a break.
Once you attain a fork within the path, go left to succeed in the waterfall. The path is bordered by logs which helps to information the best way. The path will result in a set of steep stairs with steel handrails (at all times verify any handrails for durability earlier than leaning on them). Observe the steps all the way down to the bottom of the waterfall and you may be rewarded to your effort.
Indian Ladder Falls, the unofficial title, is a 35-40 ft. tall waterfall and about 75 toes vast at its base and is described as a Veiling Horsetail waterfall. Throughout the Spring thaw and after extended and/or heavy rain, the quantity of water is way more spectacular.
The Higher Hornbecks Creek Path continues downstream, climbing the hillside and ends at a junction with the Inexperienced Connector Path that leads into the Pocono Environmental Training Heart (PEEC), one other good spot to go to.
That is the top of the Higher Hornbecks Creek Path. Hikers shouldn’t transcend this level. To succeed in the Decrease Hornbecks Creek Path, return to your car and drive to the opposite trailhead on U.S. Route 209.
If you want to increase the hike, you possibly can enter Pocono Environmental Training Heart (PEEC) using this path.
Retrace your steps again to Indian Ladders Falls, climb the picket steps, flip proper on the junction and head north again to Emery Highway.
Flip proper on Emery Highway and return to your car.
The unmarked path begins on the jap aspect of Hornbecks Creek. It’s a brief hike to a gorgeous waterfall that may’t be safely considered from the Higher Hornbecks Creek Path.
The path begins at a slim opening by the top of the guardrail within the small parking space. It will probably get overgrown in the summertime and turns into laborious to see. If you happen to undergo the slim opening, it quickly results in a large path which is straightforward to observe.
Though the path is straightforward to observe, there are quite a few blowdowns alongside the best way that one has to navigate round. This space has been ravaged by storms lately and care must be taken the place there are leaning timber or dangling branches (widowmakers).
There are some huge timber alongside the path that look like lots of of years previous.
Quickly the path narrows, however in a brief distance comes out into an open space with a big keyhole view of one of many Higher Indian Ladder Falls.
After about 0.4-mile from the highway, this enticing 25 ft. waterfall comes into view. The unmarked path continues downstream, however that is so far as we went. If you’re executed exploring, retrace your steps again to Emery Highway.
A pleasant brief hike on lesser traveled trails to stunning waterfalls and cascades. Undoubtedly price a day journey to the Delaware Water Hole that may be mixed with different trails within the space in that case desired. If you happen to like waterfalls, that is the hike for you. Mix this hike with Decrease Hornbecks Creek Path for two brief hikes with nice payoffs.
Just a little off the overwhelmed path, scenic cascades and enticing waterfalls, Delaware Water Hole.
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