Eaton Canyon Trail

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Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 518 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

This is a relatively easy hike to a 40-foot waterfall. Its proximity to civilization and short distance make this a very popular trail for casual hikers, and it can get very crowded on the weekends and on hot summer days - but it's worth a visit even if you have to fight through crowds - especially when spring wildflowers carpet the lower portions of the canyon floor. This family-friendly trail will be easy for most, although it gets more rugged the closer you get to the waterfall. There are several stream crossings and areas of boulder-hopping, but they should be manageable for most people. There is also an excellent Nature Center near the trailhead, with great exhibits and many free presentations for those who are interested.

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18 hours ago

Very trafficked trail, way too many people. Not much of an adventure hike. Fall was nice and strong (01/29/17)

hiking
19 hours ago

Be ready to cross the same stream of water over and over again..... but over all fun!

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6 days ago

SO MANY PEOPLE.
It was seriously like Disneyland level crowded.....I think everyone else there had at least one dog and one child. Lots of stream crossings which were fun, but because of the number of people we had to constantly wait for others to cross before we could take our turn. And again, there's lots of stream crossings, so you wait a lot. The waterfall at the end is neat, but once again, so many people around sitting and chatting and snapping photos that it's hard to find a place to sit and enjoy the scenery. Also not much of a challenge....didn't feel like my heart rate rose at all, definitely did not break a sweat. I would categorize this as easy.

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8 days ago

Due to the heavy rains the waterfall and the creek made it worth dodging so many people and their dogs. Adding the people watching component to the hike got your past the fact it was not just heavily trafficked it was congested with people and their pets. The trail was clean though, people were pleasant, and the water was a treat after so many years of drought. The waterfall was powerful. Go on a weekday if possible.

hiking
9 days ago

great hike but a bit too crowded. most of your time is spent looking at somebody else's butt

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hiking
10 days ago

Trail is very easy just be prepared to get wet or get your shoes wet. Make sure to take water shoes or extra shoes for later :).

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing trails. Basically a there and back kind of hike. You get to the falls and turn back the whole trail. Going across the bridge was just an amazing view. Parking was easy. Make sure you get your feet wet in the waters, crisp and cold can feel nice on a hot day.

walking
10 days ago

Very chill, enjoyable little jaunt. Rather fun strategically hoping from stone to stone across the crippling creek, attempting to stay dry. Respectable, kind patrons. Will certainly be back. Wednesday early afternoon was my time of visit. Happy trails! Dusty