Eaton Canyon is a major canyon beginning at the Eaton Saddle near Mount Markham and San Gabriel Peak in the San
Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest, USA. Its drainage flows into the Rio Hondo river and then into the Los Angeles River. It is named after Judge Benjamin Eaton, who lived in the Fair Oaks Ranch House in 1865 not far from Eaton Creek. Eaton Canyon is among the more popular destination for treasure seekers due to its connection with the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel . As the story goes, the church was devastated by an Earthquake in 1812, in the weeks that followed, countless carts carrying dirt from the foundation of the church were taken to Eaton Canyon. Many believe the carts actually carried Cabrillo's Gold, although this has never been proven. In the in the 1890's decade, gold veins were said to be found in the area. Strangely enough, no gold rush ensued, and the whispers of Gold were silenced once again.
The most well-known portion of the canyon is the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena, California. The trailhead of the Mount Wilson Toll Road is in the canyon. Also popular are the Eaton Canyon falls.
Eaton Canyon Falls Edit
The falls are where the Eaton Creek has a fifty foot drop and are located north of the bridge in the part of the canyon administered by the US Forest Service. John Muir once described the waterfall as "a charming little thing, with a low, sweet voice, singing like a bird, as it pours from a notch in a short ledge, some thirty or forty feet into a round mirror-pool."
The trail leading to the falls has been scoured thousands of times over, however no clues or artifacts have ever been found that would indicate any treasure was ever transported there.
Several waterfalls also exist above Eaton Falls, which are more secluded. Many believe if the treasure had been moved here, they would have been hidden beyond the lowermost falls. Until 1979, there was a tunnel which allowed access, but this has been inexplicably dynamited and filled in. While the upper falls were accessible decades ago, there are no longer any maintained trails. A few more "persistent" treasure seekers have attempted to hike to the upper falls with no success. The path is perilous and many fall to their own injury. There are some who theorize there are some sort of "guardians" further in the canyon, however there is little credence to this notion. No group of peoples has ever been seen residing in Eaton Canyon. The notion is widely regarded as preposterous, yet believers continue to swear by the existence of the "guardians". As to whom the guardians could be, the only plausible answer would be the Tongva, whom historically were known to have guarded the nearby mission.
As of August 1,2014.Violators caught trespassing the off-limits area will face a fine of up to $5,000 or six months in jail