Album: Eaton Canyon (2x)
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- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Lower part of the Mount Wilson toll road was covered by a landslide a few years ago. No effort has been made to rectify this problem even though it is an extremely popular route. As shown, getting a bike across is a little tricky.
10:25am. From Idylhour Camp we drop in to Eaton Canyon and begin our descent.
Eaton Canyon has much greenery and many pretty pools
Let the fun begin! After this plunge we stayed continually wet for the rest of the day.
Looking back at one of countless pools we had to swim across in the canyon.
Mike on the first rappel. The pool at the bottom required a swim out to the other side.
2nd rappel. This one was in the deepest darkest (and coldest) part of the canyon. Like nearly all the pools this one required a swim out to the other side. A small precarious ledge underwater allowed for an awkward disconnect.
A slippery submerged ledge (sloping and only a few inches wide) allowed us to disconnect before taking the deep swim to the other side.
This was one of many pools that we plunged into and swam out of.
3rd rappel. This one was optional but when seen from above the water depth didn't seem exceptionally deep. This was the shortest rappel we did but it was also the most difficult because it was slippery and extremely awkward.
A minor slip from the chockstone results in a minor bang to the knee.
After clearing the chockstone the remaider of the rappel was much easier.
Crazy locals on a highly exposed and obviously dangerous route that provides access to the 2nd to the last waterfall.
Mike looks up from the top of Eaton Falls (the last waterfall and last rappel (#5) of the day).
Looking down at the pool at the base of Eaton Falls
Mike begins the slippery rappel down Eaton Falls
The base of Eaton Falls is a popular spot where the locals come to cool off.
Mission accomplished and no fatalities -- a successful day! Now we just need to get out of these wet clothes!
I get the pleasure of going first. Photo by Mike Schasch.
4th rappel at the second to the last waterfall. This one is deep enough to leap into but we opted for the rappel. Photo by Mike Schasch.