Eaton Canyon trail – Dangerous Hikes

By January 11, 2017

A dangerous portion of the Eaton Canyon trail in Altandena which is popular with both Hikers and climbers will soon to be closed to the public as its classed as dangerous.

On Wednesday, The U.S. Forest Service announced that they will be blocking off a small area known as “Upper Falls,”.

The part of the trial is challenging, even to the most expert level of climbers many of which struggle to finish it. Yet many novices try to get through it and are unable to finish it with disastrous results.

Since 2011, there have been five deaths on the trails, with is situated in the San Gabriel Mountains. In 2012 alone there were 60 helicopter rescues and in 2015 while trying to get to the second set of waterfalls at Eaton Canyon a 17-year-old girl fell to her death.

“It’s not a designated trail,” Nathan Judy of the Angeles National Forest. “It’s very steep … very dangerous, and we’ve lost a lot of lives up there and because of that we are doing the closure.”

Picturesque views that people see on places like YouTube are drawing people and thrill seekers who just want to see the views and witness them first-hand.

Sherry Rollman  from the Forest Service said: “Social media has fueled a lot of the accidents,”

“Kids see the pictures and videos of people in the pond and they want to go up there. They think it’s not a tough hike, but it is a serious incline to the second falls.”

The lower portion of the Eaton Canyon will stay open, but city officials, U.S. Forest Service, police and Fire departments have decided to close off the Upper Eaton Canyon. The dangerous paths have caused discussions which have been going on years.

Not everyone is in favour, though, and there has been some opposition from Coalition of American Canyoneers (CAC). A member of the Board William Lawrence has said: “We want access to the canyon, If they close it, we will start a fundraiser to hire an attorney to fight the National Forest. We have been using the canyon for 25 years.”

While an official date has not been set for its closure, once it has been closed anybody who even tries to get into the closed off section could be fined up to $5,000 and sentenced to six months in jail.

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