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
488 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

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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I definitely enjoyed this trail and it was worth chasing the waterfall. I drove all the way from the west side so I was happy see the waterfall. There have been too many hikes that I've went in search of waterfalls only to find that they were weak because of the drought.

This trail was very scenic and the terrain varied enough for it to be challenging, charming and fun. I definitely enjoyed it. The water was cold and brisk but it felt good to be that close to nature and feel safe. It's definitely go back.

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6 days ago

Great place to hike. Very crowded, but beautiful waterfall. There are a lot of small trails that branch off from the main trail. You can come here 3 or 4 times and never fully see all it has to offer. The trail was very scenic. The terrain varied from rock to flat land.

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9 days ago

Better to hike before the summer. The river dries up after the summer and the water fall is very thin.

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10 days ago

One of my favorite trails. I think it's about a mile hike to the river. Once you get there you cross back and forth over the river and boulders until you reach the waterfall. Many people bring lunch or snacks and hang out at the waterfall once they reach it. There is lots of tree coverage. It's best to go in the spring when the water is higher. In the summer, the riverbed dries up and it's not nearly as fun. Small children and dogs can complete the trail.

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11 days ago

This is definitely a family friendly hike! Pretty much a straight path from the trails head to the trail head of the falls. I did not see any signs that really lead the way to the falls but there are plenty of people of this hike that know. If you so happen to go on a day when there is no body around all I can say is that once you hit a spot on the trail that splits going on to a bridge and under bridge.. Take the trail that goes under it. From there is a straight forward hike to the falls. The falls down to a trickle and there were a lot of people. Definitely will come back later after its been raining.

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