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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 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.

3 days 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.

10 days ago

peaceful, shaded Creek is great

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18 days ago

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

20 days 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.

20 days ago

Too crowded.

22 days ago

Trail it's very nice now no have to much water but is good I love this site I recommend everyone

22 days ago

was awesome , first time here will definetly come back again loved the waterfall

24 days 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.

28 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.

30 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).

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

nice little hike

1 month 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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