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“Enjoy the other option...”
Review of Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon
Ranked #10 of 62 things to do in Pasadena
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114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Enjoy the other option...”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

The gate to Eaton Canyon opens around 7:30 so arrive early to avoid crowds and to snag closer parking. If arriving late, park in the huge overflow lot. Trail maps available on-line or in the nature center. The center doesn't open until 9am, but porta potties are located near trailhead.

Everyone's destination seems to be the falls, but if steps matter, head to Henninger Flats with an elevation gain of approx 1600 feet! The path is on a dirt fire road and on a clear day you can see downtown Pasadena and LA! Once at the top, stop inside the visitor center and check out the diorama and artifacts. Before heading back, be sure to take a peek inside the old fire lookout tower. For more info on Henninger Flats, see write-up under Angeles National Forest.

In summary, logged about 21k steps and 8+ miles r/t on exposed road. Tips: best during the cooler months; bring sufficient water; enjoy the other option!

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Shimadog
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Trash ruins the experience”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

I usually hike to Eaton falls once or twice a year and every single time the tremendous amount of trash simply ruins my experience. It is just unbelievable that people leave so much trash behind! Countless plastic bottles, clothes and even used diapers (lots of them!). Trash is not inspiring and despite the fact that the trail is nice I can not possibly enjoy it because all I see is trash!
Its always crowded with ghetto and extremely LOUD people. I love nature and love relaxing in nature but here just isnt the place for that.
I always volunteer to pick up trash but honestly it is in vain. Even a local told me not to waste my time.
The parking lot closes at 7pm and I was just minutes late because I was picking up trash. Guess what? I got a ticket! Unfortunately Im giving up on Eaton Canyon :(

Visited June 2014
4 Thank rodito75
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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice easy hike”
Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We did the hike to the waterfall which was nice and relatively easy and saw people of all ages along the way.

There can be some tricky spots along the way involving crossing streams by walking over rocks so be careful you don't get a wet foot like my friend did!

The waterfall itself was quite small but still worth visiting, and we even saw a hummingbird on the walk back!

Could be a bit better signposted at certain forks in the road but wasn't too much trouble figuring it out.

Would recommend!

2 Thank marenate
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Pleasant walk. Go on a weekday.”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is pleasant walk/hike. All moderately uphill in. Last 1/2 mile involves a lot of rock hopping. 50 minutes to the falls and 30 mins back down. Lots of dog walkers. Large parking lot was full when I came down at 10 am on a Friday morning.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank RuthMN
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Pasadena, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of My Favorite Hiking Spots”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or new to the concept, Eaton Canyon has it all. You can take the short hike from the parking lot to the first pool and teeny waterfall, walk into the big pool and waterfall, or hike the Mount Wilson Trail for miles to Mt Wilson. My only complaint is that there are no garbage cans once you get going and you cannot dispose of unsightly dog poo unless you bag it and carry it back to the parking lot.

Visited April 2013
Thank karynrn52
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