Hike Eaton Canyon

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A real waterfall in Pasadena! Eaton Canyon trail offers a 40 feet waterfall with a small pool, canyon hiking, and a panoramic view over the San Gabriel Mountains.


– Distance: 4.8 miles out and back

– Difficulty: Easy

– Time: 1:45 hours

The trail starts at the end of the parking lot with a large sandy path.

The trail to the fall is marked with direction signs, so it’s easy to navigate (plus there is only one route to reach it). You will have alternative routes if you are looking for longer or more challenging trails.

The first mile is not the most scenic as you walked on a sandy trail along the dry creek bed. Quickly you will see the San Gabriel Mountains.

At the next junction, continue your walk beneath the bridge and start hiking up the canyon. This part of the trail was my favorite as you are walking in or alongside the creek. It was almost entirely dry when I visited in December, so don’t expect to cross a river.

Be cautious: this portion of the trail is rocky.

As you are approaching the foot of the mountain, you will reach the 40 feet waterfall and its small pool. Enjoy the view, relax and take pictures!

Note that the area is small, and it is not recommended to climb the waterfall.

Finally, retrace your steps to access the parking lot.

Article based on my hike in December 2021.

*COVID-19 update as of January 2022*

  • Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Please check L.A. County’s health and safety protocols before your walk

Address:  Eaton Canyon, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91001


– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid heat

– Park open from 7 AM to dusk

– Parking: free parking lot

– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream

– More information at https://parks.lacounty.gov/eaton-canyon-natural-area-and-nature-center/

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