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Jensen Ledges via Bouchoux Trail
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Jensen Ledges via Bouchoux Trail

by Gerald Janauer on January 11, 2009

Last week I had a wonderful time cross country skiing on Brad Meyer’s beautiful farm.  Since then I have been plagued with a nasty sinus infection, missing one day of work earlier this week.  I’m still a bit under the weather, but the beautiful powder snow that fell all of yesterday and last night was beckoning me.  By the time I finished my chores for the day (clearing the walk and driveway, some organizing in our office), it was rather late.  I called my friend Larry to see if he wanted to go skiing.  While we were on the phone, he went looking for his gear.  I kept working on my office.  I knew EXACTLY where my gear was.  No problem.

After about 20 minutes Larry realized that he could not locate his ski boots.  He was ready to let me go skiing alone, but I suggested we go to Jensen Ledges snow shoeing instead.  Larry had just purchased snow shoes, and I knew EXACTLY where mine were.  No Problem.

We made a pact to meet at the Bouchoux Trail parking lot in about 45 minutes.  I finished what I was doing, took the debris I had cleared from the office to the waste bins, and went to get my snow shoes.

There were NO snow shoes.  I looked where they were (in the garage), I looked in the shed, and I looked i n the tractor shed.  NO SNOW SHOES.  I looked three times, asked my wife (I always ask my wife), and still NO SNOW SHOES.  Ugh.

By this time there would be no way to get in touch with my friend, as there is no cell phone signal available at the destination at which we were to meet.

I couldn’t believe it.  Neither Larry nor I were able to gather the gear we needed for our outdoor activities.  Oh well, I figured.  I’ve done this before.  I’ll just use my snow boots.  I changed my shoes, packed up one of our dogs (Kaylar, aka Schnoopsie)  and left.

Once I got to the trailhead, I apologized for being late and explained the situation.  I asked Larry to snowshoe ahead of me, so that the trail would at least be somewhat packed when I would tread on it with my boots.  I put a collar on Schnoopsie, pocketed a leash (no tracks, so there were no people she could interfere with), and off we went.

Schnoopsie quickly found a deer trail or two, and sniffed up a storm (a Schnoop storm, not a snow storm).  Schnoopsie marked the trail once or twice, and off she went.  So did we.  Up the trail.

The Jensen Ledges trail is only about one mile to the ledge from the base of the trail.  It is a very nice, moderately strenuous walk from the parking lot to a ledge that has an excellent view of the hills of Pennsylvania and the Delaware River.  There are other possibilities from here - it is possible to take a one way walk from the Bouchoux Trail parking lot near Lordville all the way to Long Eddy.  That trail description I will leave for another time.

As I had left very late, it was already getting dark when we started the trail.  I knew lighting for photography would be difficult by the time we got to the top.  No really good dog photos today, high ISO would be a necessity - especially for if I wanted to photograph anything moving.

Here’s Schnoopsie taken with the 18-200 AF-S VR Nikkor and the Nikon D300 at ISO 3200.

Schnoopsie on the way to the Ledges

Schnoopsie on the way to the Ledges

Not unsurprisingly, Schnoopsie is very, very photogenic.  She pretty much lures the camera out of every camera bag near her.  Here’s Larry taking a picture of the animal.  The image you are viewing was shot with the same lens and camera combo, also ISO 3200.

Larry taking Schnoopsies Picture

Larry taking Schnoopsie's Picture

And finally, we arrived at the ledges.  At this time the light was almost gone, I relied on the vibration reduction feature to take in the view at ISO 800 (same camera and lens combination).

Aahh.  I always love the view from the ledges!

View toward Pennsylvania from Jensen Ledges

View toward Pennsylvania from Jensen Ledges

Except for the fact that Kaylar spent five minutes running after a deer in the woods, our walk to the cars was uneventful.  By the time we got to our vehicles it was essentially dark.

If you come to this area where the East and West Branches of the Delaware River meet, consider a drive to Lordville and a walk to the ledges.  Take in the view, and marvel at creation!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Reeve 01.11.09 at 9:34 pm

What a view of the Upper Delaware. Great story of your journey. Looking forward to doing some shoeing…

SurfAnna 01.12.09 at 5:19 pm

Wow, so much snow. Your photos are awesome ! The last one shows shows how beautiful it is.

Gerald Janauer 01.12.09 at 7:25 pm

Hi Anna, thanks for dropping by to read my story and look at my images! Hope to be updating again soon.
Gerald

Cindy 01.14.09 at 9:39 pm

Gerald - Wish I could have been there. I love that hike, especially in winter (no snakes). You should have called - we’ve got snow shoes you could have borrowed. And I know EXACTLY where they are (or do I??!)

Janice Cartier 01.25.09 at 12:51 pm

Beautiful shots. Thanks for ‘following “me so I could see these. I LOVE photography.

rfritsch 07.28.09 at 3:14 pm

Where can I find good information about this trail? A map, mileage, etc. Thanks!

Gerald Janauer 08.04.09 at 6:32 pm

The length of the hike is a moderate 1.2 miles or so. The start of the trail is in Lordville NY (just across the Delaware River from Equinunk PA. On the NY side you drive along the river for about two miles until you get to the trailhead parking lot. Sign in at the sing in box (about 50 yards up the trail - not down toward the river) and start your hike. When you cross the stream at about 1 mile after the trail levels off bear right off the main trail and go up the small rise to your left. Follow the herd path up over a rock quarry where you will get your first views. Continue just a bit further until you get to the main ledges. Don’t forget to take a look at the small falls at the stream you crossed! Also, you can hike back on the main path by, or the way you came. This can also be done as a through hike from Lordville to Long Eddy if you spot a car in both places. Total through hike distance is 4.7 miles, with all of the uphill hiking to the ledges, and then downhill all the way to Long Eddy.

Hope this helps!

Gerald

Nick Mitchell 12.24.09 at 6:52 pm

Hi Gerald! thanks so much for the pictures and story! is there a trailhead in long eddy. if there isn’t an official one, where does the trail emerge? i live a bit south (in eldred), so would prefer to park on the southern end of the trail, if possible, to save gas and trip time!

thanks so much!
nick

Gerald Janauer 01.02.10 at 12:43 pm

Hi Nick,
Thanks for visiting my site! I would be happy to help you find the second trail head - this will be longer approach to the ledges, approx. 3.5 to 4 miles I think, depending on where you can park. I did track this on the GPS, but don’t have that map handy anymore. The approach to this would be to go to Long Eddy (you’ll be coming from the south), pass Church St (the street that the Post Office is on), then pass another road on your right, then pass Houlihan Bk Rd after crossing the brook (I might have spelled Houlihan incorrectly…). After passing Houlihan Bk Rd. you should find Kinney Rd on the left. Turn left on Kinney Rd. (If you miss Kinney Rd., you can take the next left and an immediate right to end up back in the same place - you can see all of this on Mapquest Maps pages, if you like.) If you follow Kinney Rd this will eventually apparently turn into Acid Factory Rd (although there are no turns). The road will become impassable at a gate, and this is the start of the trail. You may not be able to park here and may have to back track to the “town” to find a good place to park. The trail is NOT marked on this side, as it is on the Lordville side. The trail from this side is VERY gradual and easy all the way to the ledges. Be careful not to miss the side trail to the ledges, as the ledges are NOT visible from the main trail. If you have pretty much crested the hill and are starting to come back down and have crossed a fairly large stream with some rock hopping required, you have probably passed the side trail to the ledges (this should be a t the 4 mile mark or so from the center of L.E., which is where I parked when I did this).

Hope this helps! This is a really nice walk, would be good with snow shoes, and this side would probably work with a set of back country skis (the Lordville side is on the steep side for skis).

Gerald

matthew malenovitch 06.19.12 at 1:51 pm

Gerald, is the gate at the end of acid factory road across the river from pike/fly rock? If not how many houses/cabins do you pass till you get to the gate. I have been up the road a fair distance more than once and have never seen any gate. If you dont know where pike rock is it is by the fast waters under the 3rd island from lordville.

thanks matthew

Gerald Janauer 11.08.12 at 10:26 am

Yes, the gate is at the end of the road - it’s a ways in, perhaps close to a mile, although I didn’t measure.
Gerald

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