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greenBlue Eaton Falls

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3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 382' 117 m
Descent: -382' -117 m
High: 1,359' 414 m
Low: 981' 299 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

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

Zander Göpfert

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.


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.


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.

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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
Jun 20, 2019
Kh Na
8h 45m
May 27, 2019
David Gaetke
Very crowded 4mi — 2h 26m
May 13, 2019
Kory Gressett
May 12, 2019
Jennifer Lee
3.6mi — 3h 00m
May 11, 2019
Remy Nevarez
Wide trails, many stream crossings
Apr 27, 2019
Catherine O

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