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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.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 436 feet 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.

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
3 days ago

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

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no shade
off trail
3 days ago

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bugs
no shade
3 days ago

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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closed
3 days ago

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.

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bugs
scramble
7 days ago

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.

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8 days ago

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. :)

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9 days ago

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.

10 days ago

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

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11 days ago

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

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12 days ago

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.

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scramble
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail! Kid friendly! Wonderful views!

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rocky
16 days ago

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.

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17 days ago

You need a reservation now due to COVID-19

17 days ago

YOU NEED A RESERVATION

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18 days ago

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...

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fee
21 days ago

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

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21 days ago

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

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22 days ago

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.

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rocky
23 days ago

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rocky
24 days ago

First time doing this trail and it was a very nice experience. There was not too many people due to the fact you need to make reservations. Would definitely recommend to go during this time, getting your feet in the water feels nice on a hot day.

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muddy
rocky
25 days ago

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25 days ago

Need a reservation to access the trails , no same day reservation .

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