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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject: Upper Eaton Canyon  Reply with quote

This will be short and sweet.

I checked out the middle section of Eaton Canyon the last time, so today I returned to traverse the upper section. I started at Eaton Saddle, and walked the fire road, looking for a drop-in point. Initially, the drop into the head of Eaton Canyon is very steep. At the tunnel you can see the old trail: there's a sketchy-looking cut in the rock, and metal posts that presumably carried cables at some point. It's a looong way down, so I guess the tunnel was built as a less harrowing alternative. Not coincidentally, this isn't a good drop-in point.



Things look a bit more reasonable past the tunnel, and I dropped-in shortly after. As expected, this is very steep initially, but flattens out as all the little channels consolidate into the main stem of Eaton Canyon. It's pretty nice down there. I found very little human-detritus, aside from two road signs that fell from above and 11 (!) birthday balloons. Eventually the canyon gets some water.



Here there were some deer, countless water striders and countless ladybugs



The travel is relatively easy. There's only one waterfall, and there's an obvious bypass on the descender's left. Eventually I reached the Idlehour trail, which was my exit via Mt. Lowe. Lots of lizards on the ascent, and I disturbed this guy, who was coiled up into a neat pancake when I came up on him.



The canyon is nice! It was also hot out there. I saw one other hiker at Inspiration Point, and a handful of people at the tunnel.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report. The only other account I've ever read about this section of the canyon is by Brennen and I never was sure whether it was just "hikable" or required canyoneering skills.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool post dima. That's a seldom visited area it seems. The old trail that clings to the cliff face on side of Mueller Tunnel always looked pretty dang precarious to me. Traversing that before the tunnel was there must have been an intimidating experience. Lol
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've thought about using that route to access the south side of Markham. Looks nice. The ladybugs are crazy this year.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, Markham forests are way underrated. I plan on visiting again.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it feasible to exit back up to the drop in point (which is between the tunnel and markham saddle, right?)?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HikeUp wrote:
Is it feasible to exit back up to the drop in point (which is between the tunnel and markham saddle, right?)?


Yeah, feasible. It's steep, but not even remotely technical. The drop-in is where you say, getting a bit easier towards Markham.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:15 am    Post subject: Eaton Canyon Reply with quote

Thanks for the TR. Love the Lady Bug pics!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool trip, Dima. I thought the upper canyon would have been more technical. Pretty though.
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