My friends and I love to hit the trails as often as we can, and love trying out new hikes! But this weekend we were short on time so we had to go with a local tried and true trail. The hike to Eaton Canyon Falls is very easy- mostly flat, and only around 3 miles round trip. Once you get closer to the falls there is shade, but the whole first half of the trail is completely exposed, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
The falls themselves are nice. Right now (due to the CA drought) there wasn’t much water, but it was still pretty and there was a little pool at the bottom of the falls. Major downside to this trail: because it is so easy to get to, it is a very popular hike. The area surrounding the falls and the pool at the bottom is constantly swarmed with people and their dogs. The sounds of nature are drowned out by screaming children, barking dogs, and boomboxes (yes- actually boomboxes. Throwback to the 90’s!!) playing a wide variety of music. And playing it loudly. And, to quote my friend Chris, the whole area smells like “dog crap and contact high.” So much for a tranquil escape into nature.
Here is a pic of my awesome friends upon arrival at the falls:
And here is what you see at the falls:
Basically, it’s a nice hike if you just want to get some exercise outside of an urban setting (or work on your tan), but if you’re hoping to get back in touch with nature, choose another hike.