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Eaton Canyon Trail

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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 529 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.

8 hours ago

Nice hike. Watch your step when boulder hopping. The waterfall was going strong. According to Runkeeper, its a 4.53 mile hike.

1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

This is one of my favorite hiking trails. It's refreshing. There's a lot of trees. Waterfall is at the end of the trail but it is worth the hike. Depending what time you go in the year, is how much water flows from the waterfall. Good for families and for bringing your pets, I recommend it for everyone.

1 day ago

very nice hike

hiking
10 days ago

Been going on this hike for twenty years! Like home. Sad to see so much graffiti on the rocks and rubbish left behind.... and water dwindling down. Still an absolutely beautiful hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail. Great for beginners and running. Dog friendly and small waterfall at the end of the trail.

13 days ago

we walked 7.7 miles today

hiking
14 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. I went at end of day, just before sunset, during the week. It wasn't busy at all. Waterfall was great, there are more trails, which eventually dead ended, after the waterfall - but I don't really know where I was going, no signs to any of the trails. Nice hike for a hot, summer day as there is a stream and waterfall, and you are shaded with trees most of the hike. Bring a headlamp if you come near dusk, it gets dark quick.

20 days ago

26 days ago

Loved this hike !

I love this trail! It's rather easy than moderate though.

1 month ago

we loved it its a pretty long walk but was worth it can't wait to go again ❤

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with kids!! Lots of rocks to climb like an obstacle course. Pretty cool waterfall at the end of the hike. Only drawback is the trial is highly trafficked. Get there early to avoid the bigger crowds. I would consider this trail easy not moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good place for the family the hike was easy for the kids. It was nice to see that the waterfall had water.

1 month ago

peaceful, shaded Creek is great

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2 months ago

Nice family hiking trail with a waterfall at the end that you can swim in.

hiking
2 months ago

We enjoyed it. I suspect it was longer than the 3.5 mi stated. GPS said 2.5 mi each way. But regardless, we enjoyed it. A lot of it wasn't shaded, so it was a bit warm. Make sure you bring plenty of water! But I was able to do it with a dog and my 2.5 year old daughter. First half was pretty flat. The second half was a lot more of going up and down steep but short slopes. The final waterfall was nice.

2 months ago

Too crowded.