Eaton Canyon Trail

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Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.6 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.

3.6 miles 488 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.

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14 hours ago

Trail is real nice but went on a Saturday and it was extremely crowded but well worth it. Take a snack or lunch to enjoy at the waterfall.

18 hours ago

The humans on the weekend... too many.

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1 day ago

We went on a Saturday morning. Yes it was busy. A few people with music playing out loud. It was nice to see all the different races and ages of hikers. The hike has a lot of water crossings. If you enjoy your time and look around, you should enjoy this hike. The waterfall is beautiful and it's nice to see people just sitting and enjoying it. I was sore the next day. There is some climbing over rocks.

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1 day ago

easy!!! love it!!!

2 days ago

The second half of the trail is gorgeous and the 40 ft. waterfall is nice. But sooooooo many people. Lots of dogs and kids. Kind of ruined it for me.

5 days ago

Very nice easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. In mid March 2017 the fall was strong and the creak flowing.

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5 days ago

I came here a year ago and there were barely any water but just came back a few days ago and there's a nice waterfall at the end.

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11 days ago

If you're looking for a nice hike with beautiful scenery and some peace and quiet. DO NOT GO ON THIS HIKE! From the start you are surrounded by people. At first this isn't bothersome, up until you have a group right on your tail, and you're following behind a group by 10 feet and you pass people walking back about every 1 - 5 minutes. As far as scenery goes, there is none. you just walking on a dirt path for the first half and then you start to go into the canyon. Yeah, crossing the streams can be fun, but, not so fun when there are multiple groups waiting for you to cross on either side and you just feel pressured. yeah, the waterfall is nice, but again, you have no privacy. I went on a monday after a storm and yet, there was probably around 20 groups at the small waterfall. I honestly wouldn't recommend this.