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Eaton Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 436 ft Route type Out & Back

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NOTE: 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.

Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center http://www.ecnca.org/

Try to hike during a weekday, when you won't have to deal with as many other hikers. If you can only hike on a weekend, get to the trailhead as early as you can. The area near the Eaton Canyon Nature Center and the sections of the trail before the actual canyon have plenty of wildflowers in the spring. Don't forget your camera!

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Neville Lee
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I love this trail. Ideal hike for a date. There are a few technical sections. Be prepared to get your feet wet. The waterfall at the end makes for a great picture!

James Constant
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Josh Quimada
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M Capetillo
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Was super stoked to try this trail but it was closed although on the website it shows as open. Reservations not available till further notice.

Anastasiya Gerasimova
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Love this hike!:) was there so many times! Does anyone know if it’s open after July 4th weekend?

Jorge Castillo
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Would be nicer if it wasn’t so overcrowded lol... but overall nice place until it got so popular since it’s easy

Karen Zaide
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Miriam Eufracio
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great trail, no shade and loving the reservation there was hardly any people on a Sunday at 11am we got to enjoy the waterfall and most people wearing masks

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Tom N
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The CA state park and trails are open, but LA County closed the access road and marked all surrounding areas as tow away zones for this week. You have to make a reservation at http://reservations.lacounty.gov before you leave the house since the website specifically disabled reservations from mobile devices. Boo.

Danielle Sixtos
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HikingBugsScramble

Good trail - first part is mainly in sun but second half is pretty shaded. Had the 11am reservation on a Tuesday and wasn’t too many people. Lots of hikers hanging out at the falls. Some with masks, others no mask. Overall an easy hike with some nice views.

Jamie Felix
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Highly recommend the 8AM option if possible. Very few people out, and people were pretty mindful of wearing a mask (one or two without). Absolutely beautiful and picturesque. The waterfall is a sight to see. :)

Mél Dee
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Beautiful little trail. Too many people and a lot of families even at 11am on a weekday. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time. A lot of graffiti everywhere.

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manny mayorquin
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You need a reservation to enter the trail I went in they sent me home just now

Kerry Moy
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Got turned away because they required a reservation! What??????

J P
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If you like a trail that’s like traffic in LA then this hike is for you. It is pretty, waterfall is decent depending on what kind of rains we have had. I have seen trickles in the last. The volume of people and the lack of respect for nature is a real turn off. Go during the weekday is much more pleasant. Weekends, too many people.

Harper Santos
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Make sure to stay in the trail and find a reliable source when traveling. My family tried it and almost got stuck down there. Be smart and STAY SAFE

Jaleesa Mitchell
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Hiking

Great trail! Kid friendly! Wonderful views!

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Carolyn Umfress
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This was an awesome trail! Be advised, you have to make a reservation in order to enter the park. It’s free to do so! We went on a Sunday around 2PM. The waterfall at the end was worth it. The downside is, once you get to the waterfall, that is where everyone hangs out and it is hard to social distance. And people don’t keep their masks on once they’re at that point. If you’ve never been, I recommend going. Sign up through LA County Parks and Rec for your reservation.

Isidro Pacheco
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You need a reservation now due to COVID-19

gema Urena
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YOU NEED A RESERVATION

Bo Zhou
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Pretty cool nature trail. Cool plants, cool rocks, cool waterfall. Reservation system seems to be working pretty well in keeping the crowd small. We got to the waterfall around 12:30 on a Thursday and stayed there for a good hour taking photos and picnicking, and we saw about 10 other people altogether for the whole hour, and for more than half of that hour we were by ourselves. Only thing that keeps me from giving a 5-star is the graffiti. Who in the world think they’re cool? Absolutely ugly...

Valerie Vera
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You have to make a reservation in advance and you also have to wear face masks

Kathy DiStefano
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It’s a stroll along the stream with some bouldering.

Lea Ingram
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Well make sure u make a reservation because you can’t just go theit now. So I drove a hour to be told I can’t go in.

Arman Ogandzhanyan
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