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.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 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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came this morning. waterfall closed until December 8th for construction

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Great easy hike, not a lot of elevation . Some easy stream crossings. Heavily trafficked and beautiful!

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Eaton Canyon is about the best hike one can do, in the near vicinity of LA. There is a network of trails that branch up other trail routes, up nearby mountains. Eaton Canyon trail is easy to follow, and there is a lovely waterfall to reward one's effort. Even in early December, the water had a fair flow over the falls. Be advised that the parking area at the trail head, closes at 5 PM. Hiking after dark is generally discouraged in the greater Los Angeles area.

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9 days ago

Beautiful falls, but way too crowded. First half is also super hot with no shade

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