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Eaton Canyon Park
Eaton Canyon Park

Eaton Canyon Park

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1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 398-5420
http://www.ecnca.org/
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Eaton Canyon Park is a 190-acre nature preserve in the San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can hike, ride horses, and picnic on its many trails and open areas.

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Local from Greater Los Angeles, California, USA

A very easy hike! I would recommend for children and dogs. It’s most beautiful after it rains.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Nice area to hike without worrying about anything too strenuous. Close enough to suburbia too, so it's within a decent distance for a hike to start the morning then get on with the rest of the day.

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Local from Azusa, California, USA

What happened to Eaton Canyon?! This place is now a huge dump!

The Eaton Canyon hike used to be one of the most well known hikes in the SGV that led to a nice waterfall at the end. Perhaps it has became so well known that there's now an influx of traffic in the area by individuals with little regard in keeping the area clean. The hike is no longer well maintained. Trash cans are overflowing, homeless people are gathering in the area, and people don't even bother picking up after their pets or themselves; causing massive amounts of litter everywhere.

The only positives of this hike is that the parking is free and there's plenty of spots available. The hike itself is short and flat with plenty of shade along the way. There's some stretches of areas that are more rocky, but it's definitely not too strenuous for the beginner hiker. We saw people of all ages hiking this trail with ease. The waterfall is really quite disappointing now due to California drought conditions. There's barely any water left and whatever remains is contaminated with surrounding trash. I didn't even want to go near the muddy water. Honestly, there's plenty of better hikes in the area so I would highly suggest skipping out on this one.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This is a hike for non-hikers. That is to say, it has become popular amongst those who have little respect for the outdoors. This includes people who 1) litter, 2) blast music on their portable speakers, and 3) do not pick up after their pets. The amount of garbage, dog poop, and noise pollution we encountered on the trail was disgusting and sad.

The waterfall at the end is a mere shadow of its former self. Again, the area is polluted with people, music, and trash. On the plus side, this hike is short so you don't have to endure it for very long. Parking is hassle-free too. I guess this is a good spot to bring young children and pets due to the ease of the hike, but for anyone else there are much better options around SoCal.

If you decide to go, please, please educate yourself on the principles of "leave no trace" so you can minimize your impact on this deteriorating site!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This trail is not too bad of a hike. If you want to reach the Eaton Canyon Waterfall, it will take you maybe 30 mins to walk there. The first part of the trail is just flat. Maybe a bit of an incline but not bad. Once you get closer to the waterfall, there are rocks you have to walk over, so you will need to be a bit more careful there. The waterfall is nothing too impressive.

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Local from Los Angeles

Amazing hike. The waterfall is beautiful but just remember that your in the wild. I've seen Mountain lions there before

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

The hike is nice and easy and the view is nice. If you get to see the waterfall it's a nice relaxing place to have a picnic on the rocks. There is another trail that is kind of hard. This one is going up instead of going to the side with the shade. The view is worth it though.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

A beautiful day hike up a canyon to a waterfall just above Pasadena. While the trail can be challenging for some, it is a great outing.

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Fave place to hike! Just DON'T stay too late or you will get locked out and have to go all the way around to get out

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Local from West Covina

I haven't hiked for a LONG time. I'm probably just a noob at hiking anyways. The real last hike I had was going up to the C a few times when I was still in undergrad at UCR. That was intense for me. But now I've started to enjoy hiking and try to look for some easy simple trails. This is one of them! The trail is about 1.5-2 miles to get to the waterfall. The first mile or so was not that bad. Once you get closer to the waterfall you have to be careful when stepping around the rocks cause it can get slippery. When you cross the streams, make sure to be careful, it can get really slippery on some rocks that are wet. But the waterfall is beautiful and lots of people take a break!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

What a magical place to hike and picnic! Bring a backpack and some goodies and get ready for a day of adventure. The hike is worth is for the view. Kick back and enjoy your picnic while looking over the Los Angeles valley.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Follow the Eaton Canyon Waterfall trail for an easy 3 mile roundtrip hike with a waterfall at the endpoint! It's fun for the whole family, dogs too. Good hiking shoes are recommended because of the slippery streambeds that you must cross along the way. I would set aside 2 hours for this hike.

Parking is free at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. However, be aware that it gets very crowded on the weekends and you may not find a parking spot at all if you enter late morning.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Eaton Canyon Trail is a short, easy hike near the Pasadena foothills. The most popular trail (around 5 miles, all flat) crisscrosses a stream and leads to a good size waterfall at the end, where a lot of people congregate to take pictures and play around in the pool at the bottom. The scenery is quite beautiful, but on weekends it is really crowded and there is a good deal of congestion. I would definitely recommend this hike for beginners or families.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Great park for hiking and family picnic. Easy and difficult trails for different levels.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I went hiking with a friend who had never gone hiking before... so I was looking for something not too challenging, with some shade, safe, and that wouldn't be too long or too short.

This was perfect! We first had to walk in the sun for about a half hour, but once we arrived near the water, the temperature was much nicer and cooler. Except for those first thirty minutes, we were walking in and out of the shade so overall I never felt like I was going to die from the heat. I still recommend putting on some sunblock for the non-shaded areas.

I love walking along water streams and stepping on rocks to cross them. You can definitely do that here, and many times. There's a slight incline on some parts of the trail, but no steep hills really. This is probably not challenging enough for those who are looking for a strenuous workout.

The place is pretty crowded with people of all ages and dogs... but luckily you can walk across different paths... Meaning you don't get stuck too often behind people, and you don't have to feel like you're blocking others if you take your time. People behind you will find another way to get past you.

Overall, give it about 2.5 hours total to walk to the waterfall, chill there for a bit and come back.

And finally, parking is free... in a parking lot or in the residential areas... No need to drive up a scary mountain road, or to park on a hill where you'll fear for your car getting hit by someone or a falling rock.....

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If you walk the trail all the way to the end you will find a beautiful waterfall as a reward! Overall a very easy trail to hike. Long but easy.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

So you want to take a short hike with your furry and regular children… you don’t know where to go… yet you want to be out in nature a lil bit… well DO NOT GO HERE… everyone else is already here with their puppies and munchkins… and they have all run amok!

Ok sorry I have to RANT a moment… When you go on a hike like this, on the edge of nature, that a ton of people, children, and animals go on, please don’t stop policing up after your 4 legged friends. I cant believe how 2/3s of the trail had dog scat every 50 yards or less! I mean seriously PICK UP AFTER YOUR MUTT! I don’t care if it’s a St Bernard popping out poop the size of a Chihuahua or a Chichuahua popping out itty bitty twigs… no one wants to step in it and with lots of HUMAN children cruising along show them the right way please! Almost as bad is the person who bagged their doggie deeds and then tossed the lil BRIGHT ORANGE bag on the side of the trail… seriously jackwagons why? /RANT

Pro Tip: Arrive before or at 8AM for easy parking accessibility.

The trail here is mostly covered, regardless of the time of day or season. This is because Eaton Canyon really is a canyon… kinda shocking huh… There is also a lot of deciduous and evergreen trees here. They provide a lot of shade on the trail when put in unison. This also made the trail a good 15+ degrees cooler than outside of the canyon.

There are several babbling brook crossings with lots of rocks and trees set up to make it an easy thing to do. One of the trees is even a good 5-10 feet up over the 3” deep water… Rarely is the stream more then a few inches deep, definitely not anywhere that will hold fish, except at the base of the falls at the head of the lower canyon.

There is a way to the upper pool and stream at the head of the lower canyon, but it is apparently a rather dangerous climb to get there and many people have been hurt/injured from climbing here. So don’t climb without chalk and some kind of skill/experience at the very least…

None the less… lots of fun to hike in have a snack with the kids/friends and just enjoy a different sight than most people here in the southland will ever see or even be aware of. Easy to do hikes are rare especially with a 40’ waterfall at the end… I will be bringing my munchkin here before long I am sure… I think she will absolutely love it too =) Just like I bet you will too, if you dare to get off of the couch and do that reprehensible activity called exercise!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I've been wanting to hike at Eaton for quite some time now and finally had a chance to do so this past weekend. We had a great time and spent 7 very leisurely hours up here.

First things first, I wanted to hike to the waterfall and that's exactly what we did. This is a very easy hike that just about anyone can handle. There are a lot of rocks getting back there, a few tiny climbs here or there (or maybe they were only climbs because I'm short, lol) but a helping hand was appreciated a couple of times. You will cross over a stream here or there (this is where water proof footwear or your hiking boots will come in handy). The trail back to the waterfall is 3 miles so you will be there and back in no time.

Saw many people with their four legged friends as well. The area is shaded most of the time, which can make it a bit chilly in the early hours of the morning. I would suggest layering clothing for sure. I wore a long sleeved Lucy top with a light weight Northface over it and switched back and forth from wearing the outer layer to putting it in our backpack but it was nice to be comfortable throughout the changing temperatures in different areas. I also wore an ear-warmer headband and light weight gloves to keep my hands warm earlier in the day. I like to be comfortable - makes any experience more enjoyable.

After reaching the waterfall and returning we chose to hike up to Henninger Flats - this trail is more of a "trail" (dirt) vs climbing through a pretty rocky path to the waterfall. There were only a couple areas that I felt an elevation climb, it's a very gradual climb to the camp ground with several stops to look out on and on a clear (very windy at times) day we were able to see out to the ocean, which was really nice. Kudos to the hiker that pointed this out to us, with our backs to the view I was completely oblivious to the ocean view. The hike to Henninger is 7 miles round trip, if you have the time - it is definitely worth making the most of the area by hitting the waterfall and the other areas. If you are pressed for time, I'd pick one or the other but we spotted a few other people who went to both.

There are restrooms at the camp ground, with running water, toilet paper and seat covers. I also spotted a moderate supply of fire wood. There are plenty of nice, weather resistant benches along the hike to Henniger as well. Great places to stop for a second, take in the view, have a little snack and stretch the legs out a little if need be.

This is a great area to spend the day, and by no means is it a "challenging" hike but lovely nonetheless.

I do wish people would be more considerate of their surroundings and our environment and pick up their trash. I brought a bag for trash and unintentionally left it in the car and several times throughout the day, I was reminded of the fact as I spotted a bunch of trash that needed to be picked up. If I return I will certainly be cleaning up and putting this stuff where it belongs - in the waste basket!

I didn't see much wildlife but the nature center at the bottom of the hill is pretty interesting and has a bunch of neat stuff. This is a perfect leisure hike and would be good for kids.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Novice class hike. Ample parking space. No charge. There's benches that can serve as a picnic area, before you start your short trek.

Within a 40-50 minute walk, you'll find yourself at the base of a waterfall. The trail itself does have a few crossings over water streams, but it's fairly easy to keep yourself dry. This is a very dog friendly trail. Just be careful of stepping into deep doo-doo!

Insects become plentiful during the hot summers.
If I want to bring a beginner to hike for the first time, this would be the place.

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One of the very last great trails that have not been touched by the fires that have been raging the SGV for years. Still seasonal tadpoles and little baby frogs all over the place. There are rattlers out there so be careful. Very busy easy hike to the waterfall. For the more hard core hikers and rock climbers there are secret trails to the second and all the way up to the fifth waterfalls but you need to pack and plan your day accordingly. When you go try to pick up any trash you see from all the idiots that are not in the know. This trail can get quite packed on the weekends with large families bathing in the streams.

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