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Eaton Canyon Trail

MODERATE 503 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



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


over grown



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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Was really enjoyable!

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4 days ago

Love this place

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6 days ago


All of the graffiti and trash is a real shame on this trail. I took all four of my kids and we completed the trail fine. However, we will not do this trail again, as much of the beauty of this trail has been scarred by destructive people. We went on a weekday and the area near the waterfall was also very crowded (15-25 people).

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9 days ago


not much shade the first half of the hike, and getting to the falls became a little dangerous..... but still worth the adventure!

11 days ago


Fun, easy hike with nice scenic surroundings and a waterfall (albeit, more of a trickle during the summer months). Started at 9am on a Saturday and there at least 40 people at the falls when we got there. But still worth it to find a shady rock to sit on, refuel, and enjoy the sound of the water. Very disappointed to see trash at the falls, but not too much. Bringing a plastic bag to pick up everyone's crap next time.

13 days ago

PEACE of mind was found.

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24 days ago


Nice to see water in the falls even during this drought! Also enjoyed the many shaded portions of the trail.

25 days ago

It's a comfortable hike.

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