***PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Saturday, June 6, reservations are required for access to the trails within the Eaton Canyon Natural Area. Timed entry reservations are free and available online at: https://reservations.lacounty.gov
Timed entry reservations are available for 3-hour increments from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Each time slot is limited to 85 reservations to prevent overcrowding. There are no same-day reservations and time spots are posted each Tuesday for the following week.***
Eaton Canyon is an easily accessible trail within Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park, a 190-acre nature preserve situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The trail offers an enjoyable hike through oak forests and riparian woodlands. Docent guided tours are also provided from Eaton Canyon Nature Center.
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Eaton Canyon Trail is about 2.5 miles of uneven ground, bouldering, sharp ups and downs, and crossing the Eaton Canyon Creek several times on your way to the waterfall. On this trail I would suggest wearing close toed shoes and having an extra pair of socks for the hike. You will cross the creek several times and you will get wet the rocks are slippery you could jam your foot on another rock or a sharp edge. After the rains the water can reach waist high levels and you should have dry socks to avoid any type of rash on your feet created from the hike while walking. The difficulty level on the trail is not very hard beginning hikers could easily get to the waterfalls. You should bring water, a small snack, small first aid kit for yourself or others. If you are nature conscious you may want to bring a trash bag to pick up any trash on your way out of the canyon taking it back out to the visitor center. You can leave your trash bags at the trash receptacles near the visitor center.