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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.

3.6 miles
488 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


over grown



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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great place!!!!!

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very easy trail. barely any uphill movement and clear market paths

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This is a nice place to hike, most of the walk is alongside a stream leading up to the fall. You have to do a lot of cross crossing across the water and climbing over rocks which I'm guessing is why this is rated as "moderate", aside from that I would call this an easy trail. This would also be a good place to come when you're itching to hike and it's hot outside; once you hit the stream there is a lot of shade from the trees that line the stream. Probably not the best place to bring younger kids because of all of the water crossings

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Wonderful hike with my 11 year old. loved the waterfall. Definitely will be back again.

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