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.

hiking
1 day ago

Easily accessible and an easy-to-moderate hike means lots of people and dogs. Go early to avoid owners letting their dogs run amuck etc. With all the wild fires raging, it’s nice to know there can still be a safe trail to hike within easy reach from the city. The water volume is pretty low now due to the late season, but there is still a small water fall to reward the hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Very easy hike. Very packed on weekends. Plenty of shade. Bathrooms at trailhead were clean. Plenty of parking. The only reason for a three star rating was due to how many people were on the trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike, with much needed shade. Watch your step, don't be like me who talks more than pays attention to whats in front of him

hiking
22 days ago

weird to see the graffiti and smokers but it's a good hike with kids.

28 days ago

WAY too crowded. Too many people. Dog crap everywhere and no one picks it up. Trash and crap graffiti. People on the trail don’t have etiquette and will block the whole trail and go slow. Won’t allow others to pass. Waterfall is unimpressive.

28 days ago

October 22: Solo’d to the waterfall and only one wrong turn.

hiking
29 days ago

Good Socal hike with great views of the mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a relatively easy hike but, as other reviewers have mentioned, it's very crowded on the weekends

1 month ago

It’s horrible here on the weekend... Lots of trash, dog poop, people making out and people smoking! Never on the weekend again!

1 month ago

Any waterfall because of the rain yesterday?

1 month ago

About 2 hours hiking feels amazing loved Mother Nature

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice. Plenty of parking, well marked trail, friendly people, beautiful scenery, and nice waterfall at the end.

1 month ago

a nice little hike plenty of shade lots of different plant life but not much water this time of year but still worth the trip relatively easy

2 months ago

Nice mellow hike. second half is shaded. Obviously, not too much water but it's worth seeing the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Way too many people on the weekends. Unfortunately the last time I went there was some kind of company family event. There seemed to be a hundred ppl crowding the waterfall. Kids running and yelling everywhere. Not the peaceful experience i was looking for.

2 months ago

Great afternoon ,great view.

2 months ago

Easy hike. Waterfall is very low at the end but has a few trickles

2 months ago

Nice

2 months ago

Love this trail and will be back

2 months ago

love it great for kids too

2 months ago

So beautiful and so worth it! It’s a very easy hike and there is a baby waterfall at the end too (Sep, 2018) Perfect to dip your feet in, take pictures and just relax. I bring my 9lbs pup with me and she loves playing in the water.

trail running
2 months ago

Super fun. Running through the rocks is the best part

3 months ago

Enjoyed a beautiful day to take this trail. Have come here before back when the stream was pretty dry last summer 2017. Really enjoyed coming back, listening to the water run, and enjoying that waterfall was amazing!!

hiking
3 months ago

Even though the falls don't flow as much, it's still a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

California has been going through a drought and this summer has been one of the hottest summers I’ve ever experienced. The waterfall has lost its heavy and pleasant flow.

3 months ago

Sad because the water is gone

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail.
Tried it with the kids, and they loved it.

4 months ago

An easy hike, fun when you reach the stream, but hot and dry till you do. The trail crosses the stream 20+ times each way, so I plan on getting wet in advance. Extra socks and dry shoes in the car or keep sandals ready in the summer.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a pretty easy hike. Nice waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

it is a great trail and easy to walk except by the stream. Porta Pottys are gross. They could use some continual cleaning. A lot of people and

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