Eaton Canyon Trail

MODERATE 1,696 reviews

Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, California 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
436 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

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.

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1 day ago

what an amazing experience. will be my go to when I want a quick nature fix

hiking
1 day ago

The hike is actual two hikes in one. The hike to the trail up the fire road is wide and easy. There are shady groves along the way in case you need rest on hot day. When you get to the mouth of Eaton Canyon that's where the fun starts. You will cross the the creek a number of time as you wind up the canyon. You have to do some rock climbing because you will have to go over outcroppings of boulders. Once you reach the falls, it will be worth it. If you have shaky balance I would strongly recommend hiking poles. Also exercise patients as you will encounter folks coming in and out of the canyon. Over all the hike is great for the first time hiker, casual hiker, or hikers with some trails and miles under their belt.

2 days ago

Perfect for the occasional hiker.

walking
2 days ago

This trail is rigorous! We hadn’t hiked in a very long time, and this trail was a fun and challenging return to one of our favorite pastimes. Make sure you’re okay with getting your feet wet because crossing over some parts of the water was tricky! My dog loved it too!

4 days ago

It brings a lot of memories ;)

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful shady trail that is mostly flat or close to flat, takes you up to small falls and then if you scamper up some rocks, you can get to the larger falls. As of April 18,2018 waterfall was full. Did this hike on a Wed and plenty of people out so I would imagine it’s packed on weekends. One main trailhead starts you off. We came to a form and made the mistake to go right up Walnut Canyon. That was a HARD vertical climb on switchbacks. Finally realized we we’re going the wrong way, so we went back down and took the flatter trail down to falls. I would say waterfall trail is EASY in terms of exertion level but need a little technical skill for crossing stream and using rocks to walk across.

8 days ago

Damm fammm dammm

hiking
11 days ago

Well it was a great trail. Can’t complain Iraq has better trails with some more adventure. For the people complaining about the trail I will politely say go screw your self and your little minds. Remember it’s a hiking trail that is moderate and not every trail is gonna be too your needs be happy Mother Nature doesn’t kill you or eat you alive. If you want a clean trail keep it clean if you want it to be less hard then it is then take your head out of your butt. Especially you Spanish speaking lady. Don’t go unless you are ready for it. Dumbasses

12 days ago

Easy trail. Small waterfall into shallow pool, good for kids and dogs to take a dip.

hiking
18 days ago

I loved the waterfall. The trail had a lot of creek crossings so don’t wear shoes you won’t want to get wet. Lots of dog poop on the trail, which is inexcusable considering there are baggies provided at the beginning of the trail. Got there early, trail had a couple of other groups on it. On the way out, there were massive groups of school kids and nature walks and the parking lot was full. Also, no one wants to hear your phone blasting your crap music. Turn it off!

20 days ago

Loved the water and rocks! Enjoyed the waterfall at the end, of course.

simplemente hermoso un lugar muy agradable...

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail if you get there early. Next time will go down the side entrance before the gates open. I'd do it again to explore Henniger Flats and Echo Mtn, but the main trail gets too crowded to really enjoy it. Constant people around and a lot of discarded trash and animal feces owners don't pick up. Beautiful hike ruined by people. Would rate a 5/5 if it weren't for that.

24 days ago

Loved taking the trail. However it’s very crowded at times. I recommend finding the smaller trails on the side to get some more intimate walking areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Go UNDER the bridge trail to get to the waterfall. With spring run-off your shoes WILL get wet crossing the stream (multiple crossings to get there & back). Parking overflow is down & right as you come down the entrance road. Restroom inside Nature Center. Crowded trail but worth it.

1 month ago

hermoso río y bonita cascada ! Solo que es muy concurrido .

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Especially in the rain

hiking
1 month ago

I imagine it may be nicer during the week, but very crowded on a Sunday morning, even in early February. We picked up lots of trash (wrappers and empty chip bags) near the base of the waterfall :(

2 months ago

Quick hike with my dog. Beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail but there is some scrambling and crossing of streams. Overall, I enjoyed this hike in the middle of the week starting at about 11am and at the end of February! Not too hot!

hiking
2 months ago

Can get very crowded. Get there early morning or late in the day to avoid the crowd.

2 months ago

Great hike, kid friendly, beautiful waterfall at the end.

2 months ago

I’ve never seen a trail so trashed and crowded in all of my hiking. Literally trash everywhere. Every other group we passed had music blaring from speakers attached to their backpacks. It would probably be a very pretty hike super early on a weekday morning... that’s the only way I’d ever give that trail a second chance.

2 months ago

Great Hike!

2 months ago

One time I saw a guy selling balloons along this trail.

2 months ago

Great home for beginners

2 months ago

easy and beautiful trail to take a beginner friend

Nice easy hike...

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike easy, best part waterfall.

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