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Eaton Canyon Trail

MODERATE 525 reviews
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Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, CA 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 377 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Eaton Canyon is a nice way to commune with nature, without having to drive many hours outside of the greater Los Angeles area. The first part of the trail is very smooth, and easy to travel. The second half of it is a bit rocky, and trickier to negotiate. As for the waterfall at the end of the hike, it is best to visit after a few days of rain. Sadly, with all of the droughts in So Cal, there isn't much of a waterfall on most days.

hiking
5 days ago

great easy hike especially if you like climbing over rocks and boulders! sadly the waterfall just doesn't have much water left due to drought right now. But nice area, nice hike. wish there was more shade.

6 days ago

Fun family hike. Went on a Sunday, lots of people, but not too bad. The water fall is small, but a nice reward for the hike effort. You can get in and wade, its about knee deep (as of 9/18/16).

hiking
8 days ago

Mildly disappointed, when we got to the waterfall it was pretty small. Trail was great though, lots of shade. Went yesterday, Tuesday (9/20/2016) and there was only a handful of people we encountered on the trail, so that was pretty neat.

14 days ago

Went hiking around 6pm bad idea on our part because this was our first time here. We did not enter through the area where the parking lot is located. We were near Pinecrest/Altadena Dr. (hope im spelling that right) Theres a huge gate that closes at Sunset if you parked near that exit and did not get out on time be papared to walk South . follow the path South. it was not complicated at all but because it was out first time we struggled a bit.. not only that it got dark on us.. We got there at 6:15 pm. n got out of the parking lot near New York/ Altadena around 9:00pm .. Do your research before walking the trail or going into the waterfall.. water. charged phone. stick. flash lights.

14 days ago

I've been here 3 times . Good with friends and family hike.

15 days ago

nice little hike

hiking
17 days ago

We really like this trail. Did it with my 7 year old w/o any issues. Rocky trails getting to the waterfall. Went on 9.11.16 and there was a small stream area 1/2 way up. Waterfall was small but there. Enough water for the kids & doggies to have some fun at the top.

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walking
23 days ago

I went on a weekend and there were a lot of people and parking was pretty full. The trail is a bit rocky, with some small hills and valleys but overall ascended. I didn't see a waterfall (either no water due to drought or it may have been down below, we choose to head to the top). There was beautiful trees and a great vie from the top of the city below. At the top we were able to exit to walk back down using surface streets down to Altadena Drive. The neighborhood is beautiful but be careful on Altadena Drive, there are lots is fast traveling cars. I'd go back but would take the trail back down.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked it today with family...Nice easy hike and kid friendly. The only downside is parking and high traffic on the trail.

26 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. It was a good workout and beautiful!!!

27 days ago

Great trail to do on a hot day since you'll be in the shade most of the time

hiking
1 month ago

(June 5, 2016) Hiked this with friends for the 2nd time and I find it to be an easy relaxing hike. Down side...Too many people. But the ambiance is nice. Lots of Trees, shaded areas, streams, rocks, boulders & waterfalls at the end. That's how hiking surroundings should be with combination of everything. I will come back here again.

trail running
1 month ago

Great hill training/"date run", lol. RT: ~10 mi, EG: ~2,800 ft (if you take the extension & go all the way to the top;) Mostly "fire roads" with no crazy technical terrain or steep drop-offs. The views: breathtaking w/ several "pic stops". Just remember the parking lot closes @ sundown, soooo...step lively!;-)

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1 month ago

loved this hike. went up 4 miles then down and in to falls. beautiful view