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Eaton Falls



3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer out and back
96% Runnable


Ascent: 382' 117 m
Descent: -382' -117 m
High: 1,359' 414 m
Low: 981' 299 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A beautiful out-and-back to Eaton Falls with easy access from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

Zander Göpfert

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Park open sunrise - sunset.


This out-and-back run starts from the lovely Eaton Canyon Nature Center, which is a great place to get outside in and of itself. Heading north, the trail is wide and gradual until the final section that leaves the Nature Center and heads onto Angeles National Forest. This stretch is comparatively much more wild as the trail narrows into singletrack and heads up through a tight ravine to the falls.

Need to Know

Area above falls is closed to public use. There have been several deaths and many rescues from people attempting to climb above the falls. Expect large crowds on weekends.

Runner Notes

The majority of this run is on a wide, dirt path with a final, singletrack section to the falls. A beautiful area to explore.


To access this featured run, head to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center off Altadena Dr on Veranda Ave. Park anywhere within the Nature Center parking area and head north to the end of the lot.

Here, you'll start onto the Eaton Canyon Trail, which is a wide, dirt path that gradually heads upwards through the park. Continue bearing north/northwest using the Trail Run Project mobile app when necessary, but the trail should be easy to follow.

After ~1.2 miles, you'll approach a white concrete bridge where the Mt. Wilson Toll Road #2N45 crosses Eaton Creek. Head under the bridge and onto the narrower section of trail that follows the creek up the ravine for a little over a half mile until it reaches the falls. This section is exciting to explore and makes for a great reward for younger travelers. That said, the terrain is a little more rugged and should be taken slowly.

After one tight left-hand hairpin turn, the trail comes out to the falls with the pool below. In the warmer months, many visitors can be seen enjoying the cool waters before their return trip. After enjoying this hidden oasis, turn back and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Spring months can be a great time to see blooming wildflowers along this route.

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May 29, 2019
Sam Albert
3.8mi — 0h 46m
Jan 23, 2019
Razz Reynolds
Dec 2, 2018
Joshua Rutland
Oct 31, 2018
Enrique Oceguera
Jul 19, 2018
Armando Rivera
Jun 24, 2018
Jeff Ropp
Started at Altadena Dr. 4.2mi
Aug 28, 2017
Alex H
Nice trail and a good fast run until the much more technical last part after the bridge. All up good fun.
Aug 25, 2017
Keri Adams
Difficult for my first time back on the trails in a while, but oh-so-rewarding! 3mi

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Lower Eaton Canyon Falls.
Sep 29, 2016 near Altadena, CA
Eaton Canyon Fall
Aug 31, 2019 near Altadena, CA
Mt. Wilson Tollroad bridge.
Sep 29, 2016 near Altadena, CA


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