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Eaton Falls

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 4.1 (90) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful out-and-back to Eaton Falls with easy access from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Out and Back

1,359' 414 m

High

981' 299 m

Low

382' 117 m

Up

382' 117 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Family Friendly A moderate out-and-back to a beautiful falls with the opportunity for a dip in the cool water.

Park open sunrise - sunset.

Overview

This out-and-back hike starts from the lovely Eaton Canyon Nature Center, which is a great place to get outside in and of itself. Heading north, the trail is wide and gradual until the final section that leaves the Nature Center and heads onto Angeles National Forest. This stretch is comparatively much more wild as the trail narrows into singletrack and heads up through a tight ravine to the falls.

Need to Know

Area above falls is closed to public use. There have been several deaths and many rescues from people attempting to climb above the falls. Expect large crowds on weekends.

Description

To access this featured hike, head to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center off Altadena Dr on Veranda Ave. Park anywhere within the Nature Center parking area and head north to the end of the lot.

Here, you'll start onto the Eaton Canyon Trail, which is a wide, dirt path that gradually heads upwards through the park. Continue bearing north/northwest using the Hiking Project mobile app when necessary, but the trail should be easy to follow.

After ~1.2 miles, you'll approach a white concrete bridge where the Mt. Wilson Toll Road #2N45 crosses Eaton Creek. Head under the bridge and onto the narrower section of trail that follows the creek up the ravine for a little over a half mile until it reaches the falls. This section is exciting to explore and makes for a great reward for younger travelers. That said, the terrain is a little more rugged and should be taken slowly.

After one tight left-hand hairpin turn, the trail comes out to the falls with the pool below. In the warmer months, many visitors can be seen enjoying the cool waters before their return trip. After enjoying this hidden oasis, turn back and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Spring months can be a great time to see blooming wildflowers along this route.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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Lower Eaton Canyon Falls.
Sep 29, 2016 near Altadena, CA
Eaton Canyon Fall
Aug 31, 2019 near Altadena, CA
Mt. Wilson Tollroad bridge.
Sep 29, 2016 near Altadena, CA

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Jul 3, 2020
William Gunawan
Made reservations to hike this trail 3.6mi — 11h 15m
Feb 1, 2020
Nick Petito
Sep 21, 2019
Matt A
with Sammi and Ed
Aug 24, 2019
Amanda C
Jul 24, 2019
Toan Bui
Jul 23, 2019
Cookie Oreo
3.6mi — 8h 34m
Jul 20, 2019
Kera Package
Be prepared to get wet.. Enter at Pinecrest trail entry to avoid boring dirt road portions - went right before sunset, quick enjoyable hike, few ppl
Jul 10, 2019
Jose Ibarra
Hot. Foot got wet. Rolled ankle. Good time though. 3.6mi — 3h 00m