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Hike in Eaton Canyon to See the Waterfall and Dessert at Mother Moo Creamery

  • Mar 2, 2014 · 2:15 PM
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Please Note: Read all the directions very carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This event is in 2 parts - we hike the Eaton Canyon Trail and then afterward we visit Mother Moo Creamery. The events are a la carte meaning you can attend the hike and/or ice cream portion, you don't need to attend both parts.

3) If you are participating in the hike, please keep in mind we will be hiking close to 4 miles in a a hilly area. Its considered an easy to moderate hike as long as we stick to the designated trail. The hike is expected to last between 2 to 3 hours.

4) For the hike, make sure you bring a bottle of water and dress appropriate - wear athletic shoes with a good grip on the ground or better yet, hiking boots. If you burn easily, put on sunscreen.

5) I am not sure what exact time I will arrive at Mother Moo Creamery, so if you are just planning to skip the hike and meet me there, than call me around 3:30 PM so we can play it by ear.

6) Bring about $5 to $10 in CA$H for Mother Moo Creamery.

Whenever the weather is cool and mild, I try my best to schedule hiking events because its just nice to burn off some calories, see some beautiful scenery and then reward myself afterward with a sweet treat. I hurt my foot in early January, so I just wanted to play it safe and recover for 2 months before going out hiking again. This trail isn't far from neighboring Sierra Madre which has an ice creamery that several of my foodie friends have recommended. I love ice cream, so I can't resist its lure. So come join me at Eaton Canyon to see the year round Waterfall. Afterward, we can taste some delicious ice cream at Mother Moo Creamery - one of Abby's favorite ice cream places to visit.

From the Modern Hiker

"The Basics:

- Distance: 3.76 miles
- Elevation Gain: About 400 feet
- Time: About 120 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

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.

After that, it’s easy fire road hiking as the route follows just above the banks of the wide, rocky wash of the actual creek. Here, the trail gets a bit more verdant, and you may be able to spot a few more wildflower blooms along the way.

At about 0.6 miles, veer left on the Eaton Canyon Trail, heading toward the sign marked WATERFALL. It’s pretty clear. At just about the 1.2 mile mark, you’ll reach another junction, in sight of a concrete bridge. Here, head left again and follow the trail as it descends from the wider track and dips beneath the bridge.

From here on out, the trail is single-track, rocky, and prone to crossing the creek … a LOT. So get your balance ready, or make sure that extra pair of socks is secure in your pack, then continue on. At about the 1.8 mile mark, you’ll make a sharp bend in the canyon, turning west, and get your first view of the falls. From there, it’s just two more rocky crossings …

… and then you’re there!

Hopefully, you’ll be able to get a little bit of peace and quiet to yourself … but even if it’s crowded, you’ll be able to enjoy the sight and sounds of falling water and the feeling of cool mist. They’re naturally relaxing, and if it’s hot, you can even take a dip in a small pool at the base of the falls.

Return the way you came.

If you want to extend this trip, hang a left at the trail junction just past the bridge, and head up the steep incline of the old Mount Wilson Toll Road toward Henninger Flats. There will be a trail that leads back down Walnut Canyon to near the Eaton Canyon visitor’s center. For more information, check out the venerable Dan Simpson’s page on the canyon.

There is a route beyond the first fall deeper into the canyon. This route is not an official trail and should only be attempted by those with extensive experience in climbing and canyoneering. Every year, hikers are injured and killed in the upper reaches of the canyon because they underestimate the difficulty. Don’t think just because a trail is within sight of a city that it’s not dangerous. I have not done this route, nor will I likely ever, and I do not recommend you attempt it. If you do, you are literally risking your life."

Stop 2: Mother Moo Creamery

17 Kersting Ct
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

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  • Robert

    Since there is a light drizzle in Pasadena and the ground is very wet and muddy, I am postponing the Eaton Canyon hike for a layer date.

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert. I am going to your 12:15 Meetup, and was thinking of doing the hike and creamery too.

    I have not hiked in many years, so I'm nervous about the distance (don't laugh!). :-)

    Anyway, can I hike part of the way and turn back if it gets to be too much? It will probably be fine, but I figured I'd ask. Thanks!

    February 28, 2014

  • Yumi R.

    Never said Yes. Computer error.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is a, great, hiker dog welcome?

    February 21, 2014

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