Hike Eaton Canyon

  • March 16, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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A relatively easy, >4 mile hike up a canyon in the lower San Gabriels to a 40-foot waterfall. This popular trail can get crowded on the weekends, but is still worth a visit – especially in the spring when wildflowers take over the lower portions of the canyon floor. Suitable for adventurous beginners, this trail has several stream crossings, and optional, MUCH more strenuous trails to the top of the falls, as well as another moderate trail on fire roads and single tracks through some of the eastern nature preserve outside the canyon. A must-see for waterfall lovers, even if you have to fight for a good view. The Basics: - Distance: 3.76 miles - Elevation Gain: About 400 feet - Time: About 90 minutes, depending on how long you want to linger at the falls or explore the meadows - Trail Condition: Very good. Trails are heavily traveled and easily spotted. The major junction with the trail that heads toward the waterfall is clearly marked, and the official Eaton Canyon Trail has signs, but there are several use trails that spur off the main path that are unmarked. Stick to the main path for this hike, or explore the surrounding meadows and natural areas. - How To get There: From the 210, take the Sierra Madre Blvd / Altadena Dr exit and head north. The park’s entrance will be on your right in 1.7 miles. - Map Trailhead The Notables: - A 40-foot, mostly year-round flowing waterfall - Large swaths of wildflowers near the canyon’s mouth in spring - Multiple stream crossings - Relatively close to “civilization” - Nature Center with docent-led hikes, open from 9AM to 5PM daily More Pictures: - on Flickr No profile image for this hike — my GPS receiver got a little freaked out by the canyon walls, so the elevation readings are not very accurate Eaton Canyon is one of those must-see hiking areas of L.A., both because the waterfall is actually impressive by San Gabriel standards, and that it’s so darn close to the city that you really don’t have any excuses not to go. The trail is easy to follow, and as long as you can hop across some boulders in a river (or have some hiking sandals to wade through), you’ll be just fine getting through the hike. If you’re lucky enough to hike this area during the springtime, you may also get to see some great blooms near the trailhead. The lower stretches of this trail are pretty level, and wind through some brush and chaparral on the way to Eaton Canyon Creek.

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  • Amy D.

    I am at the trailhead at the end of the parking lot

    March 16, 2013

  • Lori M.

    I'm here, by at the beginning of the trail, don't see anyone.

    March 16, 2013

  • Amy D.

    I just arrived

    March 16, 2013

  • Amy D.

    I just arrived

    March 16, 2013

  • Dara D.

    Have fun girls!

    March 16, 2013

  • Lori M.

    I'm on my way

    March 16, 2013

  • Tara E.

    It seems like everyone is bailing left and right... I just closed the Bar down at the Abby after Truck stop... So I doubt I can get to Pasadena by 10:30 am LoL Next time Ladies. ;)

    March 16, 2013

  • Dara D.

    Super bummed I can't make it after all. Got locked out tonight after losing my keys! Now super tired and need to rest. Look forward to seeing you at upcoming events!

    March 16, 2013

  • Kat

    Ladies

    I am not hosting this hike. I sent an email out to see if anyone could lead it but got no response. You can all meet up at the trail and hike together. Have fun!

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it :(, something came up. I hope there are more hikes!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Caroline W.

    Hi, I can't join this hike but am looking forward to doing something with you all soon!

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn i wish u ladies can pick a different wknd. My son has a busy tournament wknd. Enjoy n be safe on ur hiking journeys.

    March 10, 2013

  • Debra W.

    Thanks Tami had a nice hike too,It turned out to be a nice day not to muddy, Very pretty park,Next time hope to meet the rest of you.

    March 9, 2013

  • Debra W.

    Heal the Bay is that day can not make it.

    March 9, 2013

  • tami m.

    Hi everyone I went at 10:30 and waited to catch anyone that might show up. Debra did and we had a beautiful hike!

    Kat picked a beautiful hike! It was perfect weather, cool wind, it was a tad overcast but mostly sunny. I call the trail a "baby stroller trail" for obvious reasons. It was well traveled and alot of people. The trail criss-crossed over the stream. The crossings were not dangerous. My motto when crossing a stream is wear boots, if you slip off no biggie. 97% of the hikers I noticed ended up with dry boots. Me, well I always figure I will just slosh my way through the streams :) The water was only ankle deep... so no biggie. Debra on the other hand was meticulous in her rock jumping skills.

    If you do the hike next weekend. Take note, allow a good 15 mins. to find parking. And on my GPS it said to turn rt. onto Veranda ave. But, there was no sign for Veranda ave., just a BIG obvious sign that said..."Eaton Canyon".

    Catch up with you another time.....

    March 9, 2013

  • Laleh

    I would still like to go. Who wants to join me?

    March 9, 2013

    • Laleh

      I didn't hear from anyone so I made other plans. Have a great day!

      March 9, 2013

  • Marcela C

    Sorry to cancel at last moment but my gf is not feeling well

    March 9, 2013

  • tami m.

    yikes... I meant the original time of 10:30am... c u then

    March 9, 2013

  • tami m.

    Hi everyone.....
    It is a gorgeous day! So I will be there at 9am promptly leaving at 9:15am..... if anyone would like to join me :)

    March 9, 2013

    • tami m.

      C u soon.... I can't make it next week my son has soccer and then he plays bass in a rock band... very cute :) So now or never!

      March 9, 2013

  • Annie

    Bummer.

    March 8, 2013

    • Kat

      Anyone who wants to hike should still go. And anyone can lead it. I just don't think it's safe skipping over slippery rocks and wet terrain. Hopefully next week is all Sun!

      Anyone who still wants to hike, just post comments and maybe you can all still meetup tomorrow.

      March 8, 2013

    • Lori M.

      Annie, will you come on the 16th still?

      March 8, 2013

  • Lori M.

    I'll skip tomorrow then, but I'll be there on the 16th.

    March 8, 2013

  • Annie

    Bummer.

    March 8, 2013

  • Debra W.

    Rain or shine lets hike together ladies ! This is California ! We can do it, we are lesbians, we are strong ! After all isnt life but an adventure ?

    March 8, 2013

  • Kat

    Ladies if it is raining hard in the morning and the trail will be soaked then we won't hike. But if it is just a sprinkle then we are good to go. Please check the comments in the morning or text me with any questions.

    March 8, 2013

    • Tara E.

      yea I like the sound of that why kill a perfectly good day because of some water. ;)

      March 8, 2013

    • Lori M.

      I agree! Besides, it's done raining. I say so. ;-)

      March 8, 2013

  • Annie

    Let's conquer the hike!!!

    March 8, 2013

  • tami m.

    Kat... rain and drizzle does not bother me for a hike. What is your policy?

    March 8, 2013

  • Courtney S.

    Wish there was hiking on Sunday days or weekday days!

    March 5, 2013

    • Kat

      There will be when kickball season is over. You interested in subbing for my kickball team on Sundays?

      March 6, 2013

  • nicole

    50-50 ~~~

    March 6, 2013

  • akire

    See you all soon! This would be my first meetup for this group. Where exactly are we meeting at eaton canyon?

    March 4, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi. We will meet at the trailhead. Just look for a bunch of girls huddled together.

      March 5, 2013

  • tami m.

    Can't wait!

    March 4, 2013

  • Annie

    Are dogs allowed?

    1 · February 20, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes you can.

      March 1, 2013

  • Debra W.

    It will be a nice hike for all of us ladies.

    February 28, 2013

  • dreanna & l.

    Can't wait to get outdoors

    February 25, 2013

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