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Best trails in Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park

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Looking for a great trail in Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 4 hard trails in Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park ranging from 15.9 to 22.9 miles and from 1,332 to 5,705 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Henninger Flats Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Fire road, easy hike/bike, nice views. The hike to Henninger Flats is on a fire road with no shade. Therefore, hike very early during the summer. There are nice views of LA if you happen to hike after a rain storm or a windy day. Scenery is nice when you reach the Flat. There is a Nature center, a picnic area and public campground set amid trees. Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.Show more
#2 - Eaton Canyon Falls from Pinecrest Drive
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Note: As of August 2020, timed entry reservations are required for entrance to Eaton Canyon Natural Area and access to the Eaton Canyon trail system. Timed entry reservations are free and must be made the day before your visit. No same-day reservations or walk-ins allowed. Reservations will help keep the Eaton Canyon trails from becoming overcrowded and allow enough space for trail users to maintain physical distancing of six feet, in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions: https://parks.lacounty.gov/eaton-canyon-natural-area-and-nature-center/ This is a shorter version of the Eaton Canyon hike - which can also be found on AllTrails. The hike on this page starts in a neighborhood, and goes directly to the falls. Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.Show more
#3 - Henninger Flat via Eaton Canyon
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h
Nice and steady elevation gain along a wide trail. Beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020, timed entry reservations are required for entrance to Eaton Canyon Natural Area and access to the Eaton Canyon trail system. Timed entry reservations are free and must be made the day before your visit. No same-day reservations or walk-ins allowed. Reservations will help keep the Eaton Canyon trails from becoming overcrowded and allow enough space for trail users to maintain physical distancing of six feet, in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions: https://parks.lacounty.gov/eaton-canyon-natural-area-and-nature-center/Show more
#4 - Eaton Canyon Trail [CLOSED]
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
NOTE: As of September 10, 2020 users have reported that this trail is CLOSED due to fire. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Visitors need a timed entry reservation to hike in this park. Please visit the park site to reserve your spot or for more information: https://www.ecnca.org/ Eaton Canyon Trail is a relatively easy hike to a 40-foot waterfall with views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Santa Monica Mountains. Its proximity to Pasadena, Altadena, and Santa Monica make this a very popular trail for casual hikers in Los Angeles. The trailhead can get very crowded on the weekends and those hot California 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 of the Eaton Canyon natural area. There is also an excellent nature center at Eaton Canyon Park near the trailhead, with great exhibits and many free presentations for those who are interested. This family-friendly Southern California trail will be easy for most, although it gets more rugged the closer you get to the beautiful waterfall. The trail only has a few hundred feet of elevation gain, but there are several stream crossings and areas of boulder-hopping and rock climbing on the way to Eaton Canyon Falls. Nevertheless, this trail is manageable for most people.Show more
#5 - Mount Wilson Toll Road Climb
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 9 h 40 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.Show more
#6 - Altadena Crest Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Due to COVID safety measures the nearest gate to the trailhead, Pinecrest Drive, is closed to control crowds at Eaton Canyon. To access this trail, you need to make a reservation for a timed entry at Eaton Canyon. Start your hike from Eaton Canyon entrance and hike an extra 1.3 miles in. Adding 2.6 miles to the hike. The gate is locked at 5pm! If you get locked in, there’s no way out. Need to call the sheriff to open the gate. Reservations can be made here: https://parks.lacounty.gov/eaton-canyon-natural-area-and-nature-center/Show more
#7 - Idlehour Trail via Mount Wilson Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 10 h 42 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.Show more
#8 - Henninger Loop via Idlehour and Sam Merrill Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 9 h 39 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.Show more
#9 - Mount Wilson Road, Idle Hour, and Mount Lowe Trail Loop
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 22.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Huge Loop All Types of Terrain - Starts At The Eaton Canyon Bridge - Taking You Through Henniger Flats & Idle Hour Campgrounds As Head Towards Mount Lowe Summit. Follow The Route Through Mount Lowe Tunnel Be Careful During Your Road Walk To Mount Wilson Trail Head and Continue Back To Mount Wilson Toll Road Enjoy!Show more