Best trails in Pasadena, California

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Looking for a great trail near Pasadena, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Topanga State Park or Chino Hills State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park or Runyon Canyon Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Pasadena ranging from 1 to 3.5 miles and from 616 to 1,515 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Pasadena, California
Top trails (14)
#1 - Eaton Canyon Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Visitors need a timed entry reservation to hike in this park. No same-day reservations or walk-ins allowed. 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.Show more
#2 - Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
This is a relatively easy hike into one of the loveliest sections of the San Gabriel mountains in the Angeles National Forest. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with oaks and alder, with the water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools. The hike travels high above the 50 foot high Switzer falls, then drops back to the stream, where hikers can double back to stand at the base of the falls. After seeing the falls, travel downstream to the intersection with Bear Canyon, and travel up this spectacularly wild, steep-walled canyon for another half mile or so to enjoy its wonders. More adventurous hikers can continue up Bear Canyon for 2 miles to Bear Camp. Users have reported that when the trailhead parking area is closed, there is an additional 1-mile round-trip added to the hike. It is highly recommended to get to the parking lot early. Show more
#3 - Henninger Flats Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. 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/ The hike to Henninger Flats is on a fire road with no shade. Therefore, hike very early during the summer. There are nice views of LA if you happen to hike after a rain storm or a windy day. Scenery is nice when you reach the Flat. There is a Nature center, a picnic area and public campground set amid trees.Show more
#4 - Eaton Canyon Falls from Pinecrest Drive
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. 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/ This is a shorter version of the Eaton Canyon hike - which can also be found on AllTrails. The hike on this page starts in a neighborhood, and goes directly to the falls.Show more
#5 - Rose Bowl Loop Trail
Brookside Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#6 - Lower Arroyo Seco Trail
Lower Arroyo Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
There are no bikes allowed on this side of the trail.Show more
#7 - Mount Wilson Road and Idlehour Trail to Idlehour Campground
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
#8 - Mount Wilson Toll Road Climb
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 9 h 40 m
Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. 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/Show more
#9 - El Prieto Trail
Pasadena, California
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
This is a very popular mountain biking trail, so take caution if you are a hiker. It is important for all users to share the trail with others. Mountain bikers should travel at a safe speed, slow down on blind corners, and make their whereabouts known by using a bell. On this trail, hikers have the right of way. This means mountain bikers need to keep an eye out for hikers, slow down when encountering them, and offer to move out of their way (yield) when meeting them on narrow sections of the trail.Show more
#10 - Arroyo Terrace Trail
Brookside Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 45 m
Please note there is no parking at the trailhead. The Arroyo Terrace Loop is a good alternative to the nearby, more crowded Rose Bowl Loop, with the added bonus of some elevation gain for a better workout. From the top, there are nice views of the Rose Bowl, the Arroyo and Colorado Street Bridge, and the San Gabriel Mountains. If you're an architecture geek, you can easily extend the route at the top to pass by some notable Craftsman houses by Greene & Greene and Myron Hunt. For the kids, you could easily add a visit to Kidspace Museum and the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center to make it a day.Show more
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