Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls
Los Angeles › Eaton Canyon Falls Trail
Added by Mariya Dondonyan
- Distance: 3.7 miles
- Elevation gain: 375 feet
- Time: 1.5 hours
- Great local canyon descent around LA
- A waterfall and small pool with great photo opportunities
The hidden forty-foot tall Eaton Canyon Falls fills an amphitheater at the top of Eaton Canyon Trail, tumbling into a wide pool that you can rest alongside or wade in. Normally the water is waist deep, but during this recent trip, we found the water only to stop at our ankles as it tends to fluctuate between seasons.
The trail to Eaton Canyon starts with a 1.1 mile trail of an easy flat, dirt trail, then proceeding down 0.65 miles on a single, narrow canyon.
Pass beneath the white bridge where the trail changes drastically. You will find yourself hiking up a canyon, crossing from bank to bank up a winding creek, hopping over rocks through the small stream. Be especially careful on this section of the trail, as you cross rugged terrain. This enjoyable stretch is over far too quickly as the falls are just 0.6 miles past the bridge.
After an hour of hiking and you have made your way past the bridge point at 375 ft of elevation gain, there's a clear trail that takes you straight to the water fall where you can enjoy the waterfall views and dip your feet in the small pool.
- Hiking boots/extra socks
- Workout clothes
- Sunblock/ hat/ sunglasses
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Water Water Waterfalls!
Rare to see a waterfall near Los Angeles that makes you say, "WOW!" ...but this is the place. Terrain is cool as well along the creek, crossing fallen tree trunks, and jumping into the waterfall! Be safe though because there have been reports of injuries. No need to be a risk taker to enjoy the beauty Eaton has to offer :D
A relaxing end
This is a great hike for those looking for a fun trail that's not just dry and plain. Most people park at the entrance lot but if you drive a little past that entrance, you'll see a pull-out section just ahead (which allows parking) and you'll have access to cut through most of the boring parts of this hike. Once you get on the trail, go past/under the bridge and that's where you'll see the first set of small waterfalls. That's not it--keep going past that and you'll experience some rocky terrain. About a half mile from that point you will end at the main waterfall where you can take a break, reboot and relax at the falls. You pretty much have the option to stick to the trail path or wander on your own without going far off the main trail. You'll see a flowing river that runs parallel to most of the trail path. One the way back, my group and I decided to make this hike a little more challenging by hiking through the river. Hopping from rock-to-rock, trying not to get your feet wet--you'll encounter some beautiful scenery of clear water banks. This is a dog friendly hike (just keep dogs on leash) and the reason why I didn't rate this hike a full 5 stars is because people seem to disregard the rules. I completely understand that there are many well trained dogs that don't need to be on a leash but out of respect and safety to the other dogs and people around us, please follow the simple rules. I've encountered many owners walking their dogs off-leash, they're just running around and causing my (and a couple others') dog to get overly excited making it difficult when it shouldn't be. All-in-all, this is a great hike that's fairly easy. Make it moderate by going through the river and just following it through! You can't get lost.
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