Eaton Canyon

Los Angeles, California 90041

Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Forty-foot-high Eaton Canyon Falls is one of the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains, which means it can also be one of the most crowded. Get here early in the day or during the week to enjoy this highlight of the Front Range and walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s most famous naturalists."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"On October 27, 1993, the floor of lower Eaton Canyon (along with 118 homes in surrounding neighborhoods) was reduced to white ash and black cinders by the fast-moving Altadena Fire." Read more
Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
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"If you are looking for variety and challenge, Eaton Canyon is for you. This trail is a reasonably leisurely stroll that, at times, presents a moderate challenge and an even greater reward in the form of one of Southern California’s most picturesque waterfalls and mirrored pools." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Late one August afternoon in 1877, John Muir set out from Pasadena to begin his exploration of the San Gabriel Mountains. The great naturalist was very impressed with Eaton Falls, as he wrote in his book, The Mountains of California: “It is a charming little thing, with a low, sweet voice, singing like a bird, as it pours from a notch in a short ledge, some thirty-five or forty feet into a round mirror-pool.” He spent the night camped with a blindly optimistic, half-Irish, half-Spanish water prospector, who was convinced that his digging would soon result in a wealth of water. Muir was dubious of this cash flow, and the next morning bade his acquaintance farewell and began tramping up the canyon. After enjoying Eaton Falls, Muir followed bear trails, sometimes on all fours, up the chaparral-smothered ridges of the mountains." Read more
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a wellknown gem at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. On a pleasant spring weekend, hundreds of people gather at the busy trailhead for a stroll. The canyon burned to ash in the 1993 Altadena Fire, but it has completely recovered. The rebuilt Nature Center is full of knowledgeable volunteers who will share their passion for the outdoors with you." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Eaton Canyon is a lovely and peaceful wooded escape not far from the confines of the city center of Pasadena. The nature center contains some very useful information, a hands-on exhibit for children, and friendly, well-informed rangers. The culmination of this trip is a lovely pool and a 40-foot waterfall that drops over a sharp precipice." Read more

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10/1/2018
Nice easy incline. Had two 4 year olds that made it with no problem. Want to come back after a good rain.
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8/11/2018
Loved it!! Easy/moderate and shaded hike 🙌🏼
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5/30/2018
Awesome hike! Be prepared to get a little wet
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5/2/2018
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6/3/2011
great trail. Went with my kids 8 and 12 they had a blast. Was very crowded so go early or during the week. Nothing too challenging but a great waterfall at the end.
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7/14/2010
Loved it ... it's good hike with a great reward at the end.
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6/6/2010
This trail receives only three stars because of the horse feces on the trail and because of the dog owners who do not leash their dogs. The trail is super easy and flat. To get to the waterfall, hikers must cross the creek about 6-8 times. Hiking near the creek will reveal remnants of the old neighborhood--water mains and fire hydrants sticking out from the washed away areas.
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5/29/2010
An easy scenic kid and dog-friendly — but crowded — 3.84 mile mike to one of Los Angeles County’s most popular waterfalls. (Date hiked: May 29, 2010.) Read the full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2011/02/21/eaton-canyon-falls-easy-and-crowded-but-well-worth-hiking/
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7/18/2009
The first part of this hike is pretty hot and the trees are few and far between. The trail is well marked but it is a little bit deceiving. Keep walking, the stream looks like it has gone dry but once you reach the waterfall there is a 2-3 foot deep pool waiting for you. Over all I think this hike would be a lot better durring the spring time. The 90-100 degree summer temperatures can be a little overwhelming.
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Trail Information

Los Angeles
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.8
Distance
592 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Wilson
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018