This past week, Chris and I did a new trail in the heart of Pasadena called Eaton Canyon. It’s a rather heavily populated hike that features a waterfall at the end of the trail. I’ve lived close to this trail for some time now, and have been wanting to check it out. Unfortunately, my aunt once told me that it was a disappointing hike, so I’ve always been putting it off.
The night before the hike, I decided to take two tablets Naproxen on an empty stomach towards the end of my shift, and I woke up to a severe case of acute gastritis. Basically, my stomach lining was inflamed and it just felt like something was gnawing away at my insides. It’s a horrible feeling that I’ve only felt once or twice before, and I definitely would not wish it on anyone, even those I dislike.
Momma didn’t raise no quitter so I told Chris that I was still good for a hike but wanted to do something easier. We started our hike close to 10 in the morning, and despite cooler weather the week before, we were basking in what felt like summer weather.
After passing Walnut Canyon, it felt like we entered a whole new world – shadier paths, rocky terrain and cooler weather. This was my favorite part of the hike. Unfortunately, a few minutes after soaking in this view, I nearly passed out from stomach pains.
I’m pleased to say that we did make it to the waterfall despite taking more breaks than we usually do on a quick hike. I really enjoy going on hikes but I was a bit disappointed with this trail. It was too crowded and there were so many areas of the trail that were tagged with graffiti – leave your spray paints at home and away from nature, people!
EATON CANYON FALLS TRAIL
Distance: 3.5 miles (out and back), with a 375 ft elevation gain
Address: 1750 N. Altadena Dr, Pasadena CA 91107
Trailhead Access: Starts a few feet from the parking lot, past the Nature Center
Parking: Free if you find a spot!