Eaton Canyon Falls




Every year, since I was very young, my family and I would make a pilgrimage to Niagra Falls. If you have ever been there you know that it is absolutely breathtaking. The water from the falls is so frighteningly powerful, ruthlessly pounding down over the bedrock making it the most powerful waterfall in North America. Up top near the shoreline of the Niagra River, my mom would always tell me to place my hands in the water to cleanse myself and also to feel the water’s energy. It had a very profound effect on me as a child. It could immediately calm me. My imagination led me to believe that I was absorbing all the power of that turbulent river. And so I am very drawn to any hikes that involve waterfalls.

At the start of this hike I was immediately grateful that I brought a 3 liter water bladder with me. It was 91 degrees on the first 2 miles of the hike with little shade in between. We were lucky enough to be joined by a relatively inexperienced but very passionate hiker and good friend of mine Chrystal. She seemed to suffer as much from the heat as I. It is interesting how under the blaze of the hot sun time seems to move in slow motion. How any thoughts you might have had buzzing around in your head, fly away like walking through a flock of seagulls on the beach.

As luck would have it, despite following a totally dry river bed, we were all rewarded at the end with Eaton Creek’s 50 foot plunge type waterfall. The water was delicious! So welcoming on our overheated bodies, each of us stood under the waterfall with no hesitation. We each felt the joy deep down. As if the energy from the falls entered from the crown of our heads and permeated us to the bone. It was divine in its power both physically and spiritually. And it wasn’t just the three of us. Everyone there was smiling or laughing. It was such a positively charged place.

After relaxing for a nice long while we headed back. In each of us lived a bit of the waterfall, such that we hiked back in half the time. Very satisfying. I highly recommend this hike especially if you have dogs, or children….or both!! 🙂

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