A popular trail to a waterfall in Altadena had to close over the weekend due to overwhelming Memorial Day crowds.
Eaton Canyon, a favorite among day hikers in Los Angeles County, was overtaken by visitors failing to keep their physical distance from others and neglecting to wear masks. As a result, the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation shut the entire area on Sunday and Monday.
“Although a County team of park staff, trail monitors and the Parks Sheriff Bureau were on site to patrol, monitor and reinforce the Los Angeles County COVID-19 Public Health requirements, many trail users did not comply with the guidance and directives being given by the County team to wear masks and maintain safe physical distancing,” the department wrote in a statement. “Many visitors did not adhere to the safety directives given by park monitors and also entered the park and trail through unauthorized and/or temporarily closed trail access points. Given this behavior, the County had no choice but to close the trailhead and trail.”