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Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls, Pasadena, CA

Living or even visiting Los Angeles, a lot of people like to go on hikes. There are so many places to hike, you may not even know where to start. The most popular hiking trail is Runyon Canyon. Many hikes offer you the reward of great city views. Sometimes if the smog isn’t too heavy, some even offer ocean views. Hiking in Eaton Canyon, you have the opportunity of seeing a waterfall at the end of your hike.

Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls in Pasadena, CA ©2015 HollyDayz
Eaton Canyon is in Pasadena. It isn’t too far from the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, or Downtown LA. The drive is nice and fairly quick. Once you get there you will find ample free parking. The hike is 4 miles round trip if you head to the waterfall. There are other trails that can be taken.

Me crossing the streams. ©2014 Holly Dayz
Me crossing the streams. ©2014 Holly Dayz

As you walk, you have the choice of going on different trails , but my friends and I always head to the waterfall, so we go under the bridge. Heading to the falls is a little obstacle course, but if kids and dogs can do it, you can too. You go across streams and rocks. There are also many different pathways. There isn’t much climbing, it is mostly walking, stepping on rocks, or taking big steps up or down.
Standing in really cold water at the falls. ©2014 Holly Dayz
Standing in really cold water at the falls. ©2014 Holly Dayz

After walking through the streams you will discover the waterfall. The water is really cold. There are a bunch of rocks to sit on. Usually my friends and I will bring a snack. After all that walking a little fuel is necessary for the hike back to the car. Some people will run into the water and stand in the waterfall. I have even seen people propel down the rocks down the waterfall. There are tons of opportunities for great pictures during the walk and at the falls!
Great place to get some pictures. ©2014 Holly Dayz
Great place to get some pictures. ©2014 Holly Dayz

Here are a few things you should know before going:
1. Go early! The later in the day you go the more people will be there. Going across the streams could take longer if you are waiting for people in front of you to cross. Also the waterfall area could be overcrowded.
2. Wear water shoes. People laughed when I wore mine, till they realized it was a good idea. If I don’t want to balance on rocks, I can just step in the nice cool water while crossing the streams. Plus I didn’t have to worry about getting socks or sneakers wet. Also when you go to the waterfall there are a lot of rocks in the water.
3. Bring water and snacks. Your going to need it. It gets really hot in the mountains. Although there are trees, there are also a lot of areas where the sun beams on you. Having a snack by the waterfall is really nice too and a great refuel. If you pack properly then you should have similar contents to a bug out bag, which has all the food essentials to make sure you’re safe for the duration of the hike up and down the mountain.
4. Of course, bring a camera. There are so many photo opportunities. So much so that I have seen people who hiked all that way to do photo shoots.
5. The best time to go is during the winter/spring. Typically it rains more during these times. The more it has rain the more water there will be in the waterfall. I have gone when there was barely any water coming down the waterfall and when there was an abundance. You will also notice when it doesn’t rain as much or at all the streams will be pretty dry too.
6. If you are going to do other trails or go rock climbing and not go to the waterfall be very careful. They have been closing down different areas because people have gotten hurt or died. I have seen a lot of rescue helicopters flying around looking for people while I am on my safe hike to the waterfall. I have also talked to others hiking saying they were stuck in the mountains with no food or water.
So next time you decide to go on a hike, try Eaton Canyon Falls in Pasadena! It is a great experience!
Have you ever been to Eaton Canyon? How was your experience?

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  • BeFree Project

    I’ve never been hiking before but it sounds like you had a lot of fun with your friends. The waterfall is beautiful. If I ever go hiking I will definitely keep your tips in mind 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      It is a lot of fun. Yea it is as long as you go when there is a good amount of water coming down. That is when you get the full experience. You should try a hike or a walk along a path. It is good exercise, a bonding experience, and its peaceful.

  • Starkey

    Hiking is not my forte, but it looks like you had a great time. I have a question – what’s the difference between water shoes and regular hiking shoes?

    • Holly Dayz

      It is more like a very nice walk then a hike. There is not too much incline. Water shoes are typically used at the beach or some where water is around. Hiking shoes are specifically for hiking. Wouldn’t go in the ocean with them lol.

  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    I’ve honestly never been hiking but if I went, I would definitely want to go somewhere as beautiful as this. That waterfall is beautiful! Now I need to find somewhere like that on the East Coast 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      It is my favorite hike because it is mostly walking and hopping from rock to rock as opposed to a steep incline. It is beautiful.

  • Michellette "Mimi" Green

    This looks beautiful, I’ve only been hiking once. I’ve only been to a waterfall once, but I was pregnant and couldn’t really enjoy its true beauty. I so need a do over so I can get the full experience. It looks so refreshing.

    • Holly Dayz

      This one isn’t bad. It is like 4 miles round trip. Aww well you will have to go back to one and get a full experience. It is relaxing and refreshing. I felt so good after.

  • Melody Robinson Wright

    That looks like a pretty place to visit. I haven’t been hiking in a long time. I may have to talk the hubs into going on a trip.

    • Holly Dayz

      It really is. I love it. It would be a great bonding experience for you and him.

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