Eaton Canyon Trail

MODERATE 1,864 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.

hiking
6 days 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.

11 days ago

Sad because the water is gone

hiking
15 days ago

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

29 days 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
1 month ago

It was a pretty easy hike. Nice waterfall.

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail. It’s not too strenuous but you will get a workout. The waterfall is beautiful! The trail is moderately crowded with lots of traffic at the waterfall so be prepared for that. However, for some stretches I was completely alone. Be sure to bring sunscreen/a hat/a long-sleeved shirt because it’s very sunny until you get down in the canyon itself. Once at the bottom it’s very cool with lots of trees for shade.

Also, TAKE P L E N T Y OF WATER!!!

1 month ago

Great

hiking
1 month ago

I'd definitely bring a hat, because you will be in the sun for most of the trail. The only complaint I have is that people do smoke pot at the waterfall. Also bring mid top hiking shoes if you want to walk in the stream of water.

hiking
1 month ago

3rd time back awesome each time. people around super nice. be prepared to see lots of people there and people with loud music. please help the trails and bring a bag to pick up trash there are dirty people that leave trash not kool. but waterfall was good fresh and cold felt good. def will be coming back.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Cool water fall and wading pond. Perfect for family and dogs. Gets busy.

1 month ago

very easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

A little harder to reach the falls than it seemed in the reviews. Very nice and interesting hike when you get further into the canyon and to the stream, but very crowded on a Saturday. Come early to avoid the crowds.

Beautiful but not very serene unless you like to relax with 100s of strangers.

hiking
1 month ago

A very beautiful hike, and pretty moderate but it does get crowded towards the weekend and other afternoons.

hiking
1 month ago

Crowded, but very pretty with opportunity to wade into the pool around the waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall, the water is so fresh and cold... prefect after a hot hike up there. Great for nature and creek pictures. Also not too hard for children. I’m nursing a fractured ankle and was still able to manage it. There are some parts that are tricky but there is pathes near by that are easy. Went with my family and definitely going back again with friends.

2 months ago

I liked this hike. You should go early in the morning so there's not so many people. I don't like the fact that people bring their dogs and don't pick up their poop. Sure, it's nature. I still don't want to see a bunch of dog poop everywhere. If people don't want to pick it up then have your dog go behind a bush. Anywhere but the walking path please. It's also sad when people leave their trash. Other than that, it's a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place for all begginers and experienced hikers. As far as wild life- butterflies everywhere, ground squirrels and plenty of small lizards. My 10 yr old sister had a blast in the water. We went on a Monday afternoon, plenty of parking, not crowded at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for all age. I like that it has multiple trails depending on your activity levels.

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful hike if you can beat the crowds - i.e. go very early or avoid the weekends! Bring a trash bag and help us to keep this area clean, as sadly a lot of trash gets dumped over the weekend...

hiking
2 months ago

Heavy traffic on weekends during the warmer months but it has a good amount of parking. During the week you will still find a good amount of people on trail but I would say this is one of the most popular hikes in Los Angeles outside of Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park.

You have to cross the stream several times which becomes tricky after a good rain and there is a small waterfall at the end where you can wade in ankle high water but it will likely be crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Very busy and popular hike, the trail was full with back to back people on memorial day. Parking at the nature center was full, had to park on a nearby street.

Some were hiking with small children, I would not recommend this unless you're going to carry them during the last half of the trail. There's some jumping over streams, and climbing 4ft rock steps that would be difficult for very small children. Shoes that are water friendly definitely recommended. We also saw a rattlesnake right off the trail while we were hiking, be cautious friends!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, but very busy. Went on a Monday morning (Memorial day) and it was very crowded with kids and dogs. Dirt road up until the last quarter of a mile where your going to be running into a lot of large rocks and crossing streams. Recommend getting shoes that can deal with the water. Beautiful ending that's worth the walk with the waterfall and streams.

2 months ago

Great trail easy and the falls are beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was my first waterfall trail i have done. There plenty to see there was lots of shade, stone hopping, nice hike buddies, and at the end a nice waterfall. someone told me if was gushing water but when I went it was a normal flow. was able to go under the waterfall and get went it was very peaceful will come back.

2 months ago

Great trail. VERY crowded (with people, dogs and music!)

hiking
2 months ago

Too crowded

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice moderate hike. Excellent hike for young kids and beginners. Go as soon as they open to avoid the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great trial!

2 months ago

such a great trail to relax and just enjoy nature.

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