Health & Fitness

Getting Ready for the First Hike of the Year

Eaton Canyon hike
The waterfall at Eaton Canyon. – Courtesy photo / Person-with-No Name (CC BY 2.0)

Given that the weather is only going to get better for a while, you are probably already planning your next trip in the wilderness or hike around Pasadena. After all, it’s always nice to spend a lovely day outside with your friends and your loved ones.

Plus, if you couldn’t resist the temptation over Christmas and bought yourself a cool pair of binoculars such as the one in this review, then you should really test it out and see how it works for spotting wild animals and seeing beautiful landscapes. Therefore, in the next lines, we’re going to give you some ideas about what you can do next weekend.

Eaton Canyon

For those of you who are not familiar with Eaton Canyon, this is a very nice back trail right next to Pasadena. It’s true that it’s heavily trafficked, so you shouldn’t expect to have complete solitude and peace of mind there.

However, it’s a great place to spend a nice Sunday afternoon with close friends or family. You can go see the waterfall and while the trail is open year-round, do take a look at updated information especially on the weather, to make sure that your plans work out smoothly.

Dogs are allowed as well, but they need to be kept on a leash, given that there are many other people using the trail. Moreover, this is a rather easy trail, so if you are still not in top shape after the holidays, there’s nothing to worry about. If you reach the 40-foot waterfall, you will enjoy beautiful views of the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains along the way.

It’s true that the trail can be very crowded during hot summer days and especially on the weekends, but since you’ll be able to see the beautiful spring wildflowers and spectacular views, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Those who want to spend a longer time on the trail can go to the Nature Center which offers plenty of free presentations and great exhibits. If you are going to visit with your entire family, keep in mind that the trail gets more rugged toward the waterfall. Also, make sure that you have enough water to keep yourself and your loved ones well hydrated.

Monrovia Canyon Park

Another great trail that is basically just around the corner is within Monrovia Canyon Park. You can experience the wilderness and hike the trail all the way to the waterfall, enjoying beautiful views and a quiet setting. There are 80 acres of trails and various picnic areas that you can enjoy, while the serenity you are going to experience is definitely useful for recharging your batteries.

After a long week at work, you might want to take your loved ones and spend a great day outdoors, and the Monrovia Canyon Park is the perfect place to do so. The area also has plenty of amenities, such as drinking fountains, outdoor barbeques, hiking trails, picnic tables, and restrooms, so there’s nothing stopping you from planning your next day-trip.

March 12, 2020

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