Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls

3.7 miles 375 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Mariya Dondonyan

Distance: 3.7 miles. Elevation gain: 375 feet. Time: 1.5 hours. Great local canyon descent around LAA 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.

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BREATHTAKING!!!

Omgosh I love the fact that we were able to see the falls!! Especially when people kept telling me it's not always there. Such a rewarding hike...truly our best one yet 😊

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over 3 years ago

High Traffic But Lots Of Fun!

The waterfall is surprisingly awesome . Tucked deep in the canyon it's very secluded and bigger than I expected. Sadly there's a lot of litter and graffiti throughout the entire hike. I hiked in at dusk and out at night and it was pretty easy , lots of fun river crossings! Please carry out what you bring in.

Quick and easy hike to a great waterfall

It's a quick and easy one, though you may need to traverse the stream several times when it is full from rain. It can get crowded at times especially on the weekends. Highly recommended if you just want to do something quick. Even more recommended to do during the weekdays when foot traffic is low.

Excellent For Kids

Loved this hike with my 11 and 12 year old daughters and labby. So many options, you can take different paths of varying challenge. It was beautiful. Recent rains have made it green and lush as well as a beautiful rushing small river running thru it. The parking is a bit odd seeing as there isn't a designated parking area, it's neighborhood parking. But other than that, this is going to be a favorite spot for a while.

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over 4 years ago

Local favorite

Back when I lived in California and was going to college this was a great workout and a way to get some quality time with nature before my hectic days. Love Eaton Canyon!

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