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“Nice and Easy Hike” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon
Ranked #10 of 59 things to do in Pasadena
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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Nice and Easy Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

The trail to Eaton Canyon waterfall trail is very easy. There are many other trails that you can extend to Henninger Flats. The trail starts in Eaton Canyon Nature Area, bathroom :-) Follow the trail along a typically dry creek bed. One mile of wide flat dirt trail which can be uneventful.... and plenty of sun along the way.

After a mile, the trail to the falls crosses under a bridge and enters the San Gabriel Mountains. Atop the bridge is Mount Wilson Toll Road, this is the trail that can lead you to Henninger Flats. Once you pass under the bridge, you have to cross some streams. Be especially careful on this section of the trail, which crosses rugged terrain, can be slippery. This nice stretch is over far too quickly as the falls are just half a mile past the bridge.

Since it is too short of a hike, I decided to continue to Henniger Flats (on my next review). Even they have 2 parking lots, it gets full easily on the weekends.

Park Open Daily from sunrise to sunset • Nature Center Open Daily from 9am to 5pm

Visited May 2013
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Eaton Canyon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I've hiked to the waterfall at Eaton Canyon a couple of times. The hike is fairly easy, especially enjoyed crossing the streams. Although crowded during the weekends it's still nice to get away from the city. The hike is made better by how much shade is along the trail. However, the beauty of the place is ruined by trash, in particular dog poo, and graffiti. Who really hikes all the way to the waterfall and tags the rock wall next to it? Overall still lovely.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank madhatter_cad
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los angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place. Hard to believe this place is so close to la.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Love it. My kids are still a little young for this place, with the boulder hopping and all, but I can't wait to take them.

Visited April 2012
Thank Mark W
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Nice Vigorous Hike”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We hiked alongside the stream to the waterfall. One member of our group had the foresight to get a map at the visitor center before we took off. Probably would have been okay without it, but better safe than sorry.

The trail is flatish and very easy for the first half mile. After that, there are several ups and downs and stream crossings. There were no bathrooms along the way, so the modest should take care to use the porta pottys located at the entrance. It's likely that you may get a little wet in the multiple stream crossings, especially if balance is not your strength. This hike is also not suitable for small children unless they are harnessed into a child packing apparatus and you are prepared to carry them. If you can, it's best to visit during the workweek because the crowds are less likely to an issue. Signs directing you to overflow parking are a good indicator of high crowd levels.

The magnificence of the waterfall is dependent on the recent rain fall. Our local hosts informed us that there were several inches of rain earlier in the week, so we were in luck. Several people elected to pack picnic lunches on the hike and eat in front of the waterfall. We passed a very young couple on our way back from the falls, where the young man had taken the picnic basket idea literally compete with a baguette. IMHO, a backpack is much better suited for this type of activity.

Some small children with parents lacking common sense were wadding in the frigid water at the base of the waterfall, but for the vast majority of people swimming will seem like a bad idea. Start to finish this little jaunt took approximately 2 hours. If you plan to go, sunscreen and adequate water are a must.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank cococobb
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“Difficulty: easy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

I have been here to EAton canyon few times. The trail is very easy. Your toddler and small dogs won't have any problem exploring the trail. The waterfalls is OK. But if for a beginner hiker and wanted to see waterfalls at the end, this is the place for you. I'm disappointed for the other hikers who leaves their trash behind and other irresponsible who vandalizes some trees and rocks with spray paints.

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