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.
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.
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.
Lor L. on Eaton Canyon Trail
I've been here 3 times . Good with friends and family hike.
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.