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Fitness for the Easily Bored: Eaton Canyon Waterfalls

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I’m a sucker for natural scenery. I like a vast blue sky, a sparkling snow-capped mountain, a breezy sprawling plain. But around Hollywood where I live, I find that exercising in the outdoors often means kicking up dust and breathing in smog, only to take in the beautiful sights of dried out vegetation and dog poop.

So when my boyf told me that there’s a place in Pasadena that we could hike to a waterfall, I was all over it. No dusty Runyon Canyon, no starlets walking their Chihuahuas, and maybe even a little moisture in the air.

Nestled up in the hills, Eaton Canyon offers 1-mile, 2-mile, and 8-mile trails, according to their website. 1-mile felt just kind of embarrassing, like you couldn’t even really tell anyone about doing it, but the 8-mile is obviously a ridiculous distance to ask anyone to cover. So we settled on the 2-mile, figuring that would build in time for a leisurely lunch at the waterfall.