During my last visit to Eaton Canyon, I witnessed several inexperienced climbers heading up the cliff to the second waterfall. More troubling was the amount of plastic trash and graffiti left behind. Plastic bottles, caps, straws and bags floated in the pool below the falls, spoiling any experience of nature.
It became apparent to me that in order to preserve and protect the waterfall at Eaton Canyon, access needed to be either completely restricted, or allowed under the supervision of patrolling park rangers or some other type of authority. Without some type of regular supervision and maintenance within this easily-accessable natural area, Eaton Canyon will remain a place where littering, graffiti, and other irresponsible behaviors are carried out with blatant disregard for any law or sign.
|Major graffiti damage to Eaton Canyon|
Perhaps, as I have discussed with others concerned about the area, the National Recreation Area bill which has been submitted to Congress could help being improved visitor services and more rangers to the San Gabriel Mountains. Permits could be issued to ensure that experienced canyoneers are granted access. If such improvements can help stem the tide of pollution, graffiti, trail closures and general neglect of the Angeles National Forest, then this is a bill we should all hope will pass.