|Changing the view with my remote|
The trail to Jensen's Ledges is listed on the trailguide as a difficult hike. From the research I have found, the trail is approximately 2.6 miles with over 760 feet of elevation gain. I am unclear if 2.68 is the mileage to the destination or if it was roundtrip. The Bouchoux Trail is an in and out hike. I wasn't really paying attention to mileage as we hiked, but rather on the scenery. Of all the hikes we took in the Upper Delaware River Valley, this one was the most spectacular in my opinion. I chose to use the small lens on the way up and the long lens on the way down.
At the trailhead, the path trended upward almost immediately. Most of the 760 feet of elevation gain came within the first mile of the trail, so relatively speaking this was a reasonably difficult trail. The trail followed an old road, which I believe was an old quarry road as evidenced by the wagon ruts we followed all the way up and back. Jensen's Ledges are what remain of an old bluestone quarry. Bluestone was a popular building material all over the Upper Delaware River Valley.
The destination of this trail are two bluestone ridges or outcroppings that overlook the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River along a significant bend. The views were spectacular. We hiked on an alternately rainy and humid day.
|The old roadbed|
|Detail of the roadbed|
After the first mile, the trail summited the mountain and the rest of the hike was a leisurely stroll along the ridgeline. Before the ledges, we encountered a very beautiful waterfall. A few of us hiked down thirty or forty yards of the waterfall for a better look and the rest of the group went on. I was one of the few that saw the waterfall closeup.
|Humble beginnings of a waterfall over bluestone|
|Bluestone, trees, water and moss at the fjord|
|The waterfall picks up steam|
|This is after I hiked down about thirty yards. I didn't hike any further|
as the cliff appeared to be sheer at this point
|More of the waterfall|
|Looking further down the canyon. I imagine this waterfall was several hundred feet in it's entirety|
|Not a lot of water volume at this time of year. Trailguides say it's spectacular in the spring|
|Cleft in the bluestone|
|I love reflections|
|Another view of the cleft in the bluestone at the brink of the falls|
From the waterfall it was only a couple hundred yards to the first ledge. This ledge had obviously been worked and quarried as there was almost no solid rock anywhere. Instead it was all broken up into various shapes and sizes. A few enterprising souls have made stone furniture and a few stone cairns at this point. It was like something right out of the Flintstones. I posed for a few pictures in my stone easy chair with my stone remote control, looking out at the beautiful view.
|First view of Jensen's Ledge #1|
|Bluestone sculpture. At first we thought it was a fireplace but there was no evidence of fire anywhere neat|
|So I believe it's just a really cool sculpture|
|Flintstone chair with stone remote changing the scenery|
|On second thought, I'll keep the scenery as is. Hard to improve this|
|A more traditional cairn|
|Bend in the river. On the bottom left of the image is Pennsylvania|
|Another view of the bend in the river|
Those of us who stayed to look at the waterfall caught up to the others at the second ledge. This one didn't appear to have been quarried as the other one had. This one was solid rock with a sheer cliff and dropoff of around 500 feet.
|First view of the second ledge|
|What the bluestone looked like at the second ledge|
|Rainwater collecting in a depression in the rock, complete with tree reflections|
|Living on the edge. Yeah, that's five hundred feet of nothing in front of me!|
|This stuff was so cool I had to photograph it twice!|
|Bluestone covered with organic green|
As we headed back down the trail, we learned the other members of our party had missed the first ledge so we guided them to it. While there, we explored a little more and discovered yet another little trail sculpture.
|Part of the cliff face|
|Another trail sculpture|
|Last of the beautiful vistas|
|This may be the work of beavers!|
Then I changed my lens for the way down the trail
|Pretty wildflower, haven't identified it yet|
|I've never seen this one before either|
|Dead tree with living underbrush. The circle of life|
|Toadstool or mushroom|
|I loved the contrast of color here|
|Appears to be a penstemon of some sort|
|Unsure of what this one is as well. I know the western wildflowers much better|
Of all six hikes along the Upper Delaware River, I liked this one the best. Each hike had something about it that made it special, but in terms of sheer grandeur and majesty, this hike takes it hands down.