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Eaton Canyon Pasadena

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Eaton Canyon
1750 Altadena Drive
Pasadena
CA
91107
Tel: 626.398.5420

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This 184-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt. Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails and also an equestrian trail. The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora and fauna. Other activities include: campfire talks, picnicking, moonlight walks, bird watching, and guided hikes to the falls. Camping is available for schools, group tours and youth groups. The park also provides training programs for naturalist docents and junior park rangers.
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    Nice moderate hike and easy way to the water fall. I wish I lived a little closer to this place so I could go. More often. I specially like when the water is high and runs down the stream. Always be aware of your surroundings prepared and alert. Pack water and light snacks just in case.
    All together makes for a wonderful and relaxing hike. Good for kids and others with light hiking experience.

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    First of all, I am reviewing the hike that I did rather than the nature center itself. The most popular hike to the waterfall is frankly not worth your time if you are looking for a hike. If you want to walk your dog for an hour or have an under 7 year old child than it might be worth considering. The walk up is pretty much flat and uninspiring. The path and area is very crowded on weekends and detracts from the hike. The waterfall itself is pretty pathetic. It is only 25 or 30 feet high and the pool at the bottom was surrounded by 50 people on...Read More

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    I really enjoyed the hike, the waterfall was a good experience. The only drawback, is it gets extremely packed with a lot of, let's say..... inner city folk, who want to turn it into their little party place. So it gets a little polluted and not to mention the disgusting tagging is horrible and disgraceful to their community.

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    A true hidden gem in Southern California... The hike itself is short and tranquil

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    Neat little Nature Center. Trail to the waterfall is an easy 2 mile hike. Several stream crossings. Unfortunately, idioys spray graffiti on the rocks and litter. It's not too bad but enough to be distracting.

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by Patrick Kiernan

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First of all, I am reviewing the hike that I did rather than the nature center itself. The most popular hike to the waterfall is frankly not worth your time if you are looking for a hike. If you want to walk your dog for an hour or have an under 7 year old child than it might be worth considering. The walk up is pretty much flat and uninspiring. The path and area is very crowded on weekends and detracts from the hike. The waterfall itself is pretty pathetic. It is only 25 or 30 feet high and the pool at the bottom was surrounded by 50 people on a Sunday. If you wanted to take a swim or pictures think again. Its not worth your time. We then hiked up to the campground at the top of the ridgeline. It was a pretty nice view, but the hike was essentially a dirt road, not even a fire road all the way up. While the area is convenient to Pasadena, if you are a serious hiker skip it and head further out where it is a little less traveled.

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