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Eaton Canyon, Pasadena
(4.4/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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  • This is really a fun place to hike . We came twice, once in June and once last winter. Both times were really rewarding when we saw the large waterfall both in Summer and Winter months. One time we we...  more »
  • Great hiking close to the city. Can take the dog and eventually reach a waterfall. Only downside is that it can get crowded, especially with those playing music from their phones or other electronics....  more »
  • Love this place. I can go myself and just wander about or take the grandchildren and get and give an education. The visitors center is a museum or sorts. Going there first gives one the highlights of ...  more »
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  • A relatively easy hike - the first 3/4 of the way to the falls is on a flat, dirt covered trail that is pretty wide. Shade is mostly lacking here so sunscreen and a hat are advised. The last 1/4 of the trail becomes somewhat rocky as you cross over the stream bed multiple times. This was the most enjoyable part of the hike if you like climbing over rocks - the fact that it was shaded was a plus! The waterfall was a little lacking this time of the year as it was more trickle than fall. Water still collects in a pool at the base, roughly ankle deep. This is a great place to rest a bit before journeying back to the trail head.
  • If you plan to hike to the waterfall, make sure to bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothes for the weather and season you decide to hike in. The trail isn't at all hard, but it does have plenty of small areas full of rocks that might need you to be more careful as to not injure yourself by tripping, slipping, or sliding. The hike is around 3 miles, and is pretty scenic, making it a great place for taking pictures. At the end of the hike where the Waterfall is, there are plenty of rocks to sit and rest on, and the shallow pool of water is quite nice to wade in. If you bring dogs, keep them on a leash at all times, and if they decide to go #2, it'd really be appreciated if you clean up after them, which you can do by bringing paper bags to put their droppings in. Hiking early in the morning is most preferable, since the trail is fairly popular, and quite often do groups of people decide to go. The hours people are allowed to hike is from sunrise to sunset. Many people bring their dogs, their kids, and/or their friends. Some people have music playing, but unless you aren't moving and they're next to you, you probably won't be bothered. I just went hiking earlier this morning, and it was far nicer than if I had hiked later. On my way back from the waterfall, I saw many people starting their hikes, and it was getting fairly warm outside, so I'm glad I started early. Unfortunately though, the waterfall isn't as big as it used to be. This was only my second hike to the waterfall—my first was about three years ago, and I remember the waterfall being much bigger than it is now, and the streams that once ran pretty plentifully at parts of the trail are nearly all dried up now. There are only mere puddles where the streams once ran, and I find it sad, but I hope for more rain to save us from this horrid drought and restore the beauty that was lost in the forest area thanks to our lack of water.
  • Nice and easy hike, definitely suggested for families with kids. Lots of parking as well. When we visited in late September sadly the waterfall was mostly dried out so if you want more water, I suggest going in spring or early summer. Unfortunately there were loads of trash all along the trail, apparently some people just drop their water bottles and food leftovers all along the trail.
  • It can get really hot but a great easy hike to a tranquil waterfall. Careful not to roll your ankle on the rocks everywhere. Bring water. Parking lot gets full on weekends.
  • Really nice hike, great views and ducking under the waterfall at the end is a refreshing perk! Wear decent shoes as there is some rocky scrambling, but nothing too crazy. Worth it if you're looking for some fresh air. Expect crowds, not a very quiet hike with all the people and their music.