San Gabriel Valley

Eaton Canyon Closed Due to ‘Overwhelming Crowds' Not Following Guidelines

The hiking area at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains will remain closed through May 31.

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Crowds at Eaton Canyon provided the perfect example of what not to do as restrictions ease across SoCal beaches and public parks.

The Eaton Canyon natural areas and trails, located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, were closed for Memorial Day, May 25, due to overwhelming crowds that were not following the COVID-19 public health requirements, the parks said in a tweet. That closure will extend to May 31, the department said in an updated post.

Video taken by Newschopper4 Bravo and photos from the park seem to show people not following social distancing orders or wearing masks. 

While the park said no walk-ins were allowed beginning late Sunday afternoon, a few people could still be seen walking past parked law enforcement vehicles to get to the trails.

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