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Eaton Canyon Trail

Pasadena, CA

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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Juanita Cooke Greenbelt Trail
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37 Completed 2 Reviews

This is an easy trail.. dogs are allowed :)

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Juanita Cooke Greenbelt Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

I have only taken a portion of this suburban trail (Laguna Rd to Hermosa Dr), but the section was beautiful. It's a wide, well-kept trail for multiple use (walkers, runners, cyclists, horses). Not a lot of changes in elevation. Pretty busy even on a mid-week morning, but not crazy crowded. I look forward to trying the whole trail from Imperial down to Berkeley and back again.

Update: I took the entire trail today, starting at Imperial Hwy and going all the way to Berkeley Ave and then back again. Getting to the trail head from Imperial was really sketchy and I see why few people realize this stretch of the trail even exists. You have to walk along the railroad tracks for a few feet and then take an enclosed path along the wash until you actually get to the trail (see pic - trail marker 12). There are definitely homeless encampments along this pre-trail area and I could hear people in the wash underpass talking loudly. There were no other people otherwise, and so it felt really unsafe. I would not recommend doing this part of the trail on foot alone and definitely not when it is dark.

Once you get to Hermosa, you are essentially at what is the "main" part of the trail, and it is also the split to the Bud Turner Trail. It wasn't super crowded (it was a weekday morning, however) and there were plenty of dog walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers out that the stress and hypervigilance from the scarier part of the trail went away quickly.

The trail looks like it ends when you get to Laguna Rd, but it actually continues along Morelia Ave (see pic - trail marker 6) and becomes unpaved again once you cross Bastanchury. This is also the stretch that links to the Hiltscher Park Trail. It stays unpaved, wide, well-used, and well-kept all the way to Berkeley Ave. In total, the trail is a about 2.8 miles long, end-to-end. (The City of Fullerton web site claims 2.79, but then lists the start/end point at Hermosa. It is not 2.79 if you start/end at Hermosa.)

It's a great suburban trail with lots of little join-ups from the surrounding neighborhoods. I can see how this trail must get crowded at peak times and weekends. Overall, though, good job, City of Fullerton! Way to keep some green spaces in your city!

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Fullerton Panorama Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Well kept equestrian/walking path. At one point, you are pretty much just walking through a hilltop neighborhood. It creates a nice 5k loop with the East Coyote Hills Trail, though. Park at the lot near the Summit restaurant (State College Blvd) and the trail head is next to the oil pump that's at the corner of Bastanchury and State College. A few feet in, you can either head up the hill and take the Panorama Trail first, eventually hooking back up with the East Coyote Hills Trail at Brea, or use the flatness of the East Coyote Hills Trail to warm up and then take Panorama Trail back to the parking lot. If you do the latter, the majority of the Panorama Trail is uphill from this direction. Nice views of Fullerton from the top.

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Fullerton East Coyote Hills Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Well kept equestrian/walking path. It essentially just follows the road, so no bog elevation changes or cool nature stuff. However, it is offset from the street (there is an actual sidewalk between the street and trail along most of the route, so you don't feel like you're walking on the street. Also, it creates a nice 5k loop with the Panorama Trail. Park at the lot near the Summit restaurant (State College Blvd) and the trail head is next to the oil pump that's at the corner of Bastanchury and State College. A few feet in, you can either head up the hill and take the Panorama Trail first, eventually hooking back up with the East Coyote Hills Trail at Brea, or use the flatness of this trail to warm up and take Panorama Trail back to the parking lot.

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nora kuttner recreational trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice, short equestrian/hiking trail that also splits into a mountain bike trail. Very busy on the weekends. Pretty empty on weekday mornings. Coming from Euclid and heading west, it's uphill most of the way. There's not a lot of convenient parking at this end, though (so if you wanted to double-back and end with a nice downhill, you need to head into the neighborhood on the other side of Euclid and cross-over). Otherwise, parking is way easier on the east end, but be prepared to work harder on your way back to your car. There are several access points along Camino del Sol, or you can try your luck parking at the trail head at Castlewood/Parks. It's a little bit of a bumpy trail, but not very gravelly. Occasional piles of horse manure to avoid., but nothing egregious.

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Bud Turner Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Starting at at the north end, this equestrian/walking trail is pleasant enough as it winds past Laguna Lake Park. However, once you get to Euclid street, you can either cross the street and pick up the Nora Kuttner trail (prettier option, more elevation gain) or continue along the "trail" that is basically an unpaved sidewalk alongside Euclid street. There is no divider from street traffic at this point. It's not very pretty. No significant changes of elevation on any part of the trail, so fairly easy from that perspective. Heading in the north direction, you can hook up to the Juanita Cooke trail (also prettier than the Euclid street portion of this trail). To create a near-5K loop, I started near the end of this trail (at Euclid and Paseo Dorado), parking in the neighborhood. I then walked along Domingo Rd E/NE to the Juanita Cooke Trail entrance at Laguna Rd. Then took Juanita Cooke to Hermosa Dr, which is where you cross over to the Bud Turner Trail at Laguna Lake Park. Went around the lake and then south on Euclid back to Paseo Dorado. I would not bother with the Euclid portion of these trails if you can avoid it.

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Juanita Cooke Greenbelt Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Very nice, easy trail. Definitely not 3.5 miles point-to-point, but perfect a for a quick workout. The Juanita Cooke Trail is only about 2 miles roundtrip, but I took the Hiltscher Trail and added an extra 2 miles. Beautiful trails though!

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Juanita Cooke Greenbelt Trail
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16 Completed 3 Reviews

It's a very easy hike. I started in the court house parking lot. Lots of parking on the weekend. The trail is heavily used by all. I saw everything from elderly couples walking to horses trotting. There are a lot of trails that meet this one along the way.

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Bud Turner Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice, easy trail I did with the family. Stroller did not create any problems. However, there were a lot of mountain bikes zooming by on the left and right. We had to keep the kids close to avoid getting run over.

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Juanita Cooke Greenbelt Trail
by Kelly Wuthrich

14 Completed 3 Reviews

This is an easy afternoon or evening walk. Heavy traffic of walkers, joggers, bikers, pets and strollers.

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