Dusty trail. Blistering sun. A shortage of trees and a dry riverbed. Who convinced me to relax in a place like this?
The trail is only 1.5 mile one way but the walk has felt like a marathon. I keep up the pace. Somewhere around here, maybe behind those harsh walls, there is a waterfall.
A maroon sign indicates we are half mile from the Eaton Canyon. In a matter of seconds, the scenario starts to change. We enter a narrow space between tall walls. The river starts to move with more force. The shadow provided by the mountains and a light breeze diminish our fatigue.
Not everything is untouched in this fresh pocket. We explore concrete remains and rusty rods. The river has low dams in some points. What mystery holds this space where nature seems to rule?
The trail disappears over and over again. The only way to follow it is by crossing the stream. Initially, I start to make my way over rocks. At one, time my husband uses a fallen tree as a natural bridge. We get tired of hoping around and decided to just walk thru the stream and let the icy water caress our feet.
The canyon starts to get narrower and big boulders block the way. Our bodies react in contortionist ways in order to avoid the obstacles. This time the walls are painted with reddish and yellow designs.
I start to get desperate. This is the longest half mile I have ever walked. I asked a guy who was walking towards us about the waterfall. “Ohh, it is around the corner,” he said.
Finally, a sliver of water started to be visible among the trees. I was able to hear the roar as I got closer. We made it to the base of the 50 foot waterfall.
We took pictures, got into the pool and enjoyed the sudden breeze movements. Everybody around us seemed happy. After all, we all made it to our end goal. Nature delivered what we were looking for.
Eaton Center Nature Center
1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena
Have you visited Eaton Canyon or a similar place?