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Switzer Falls, San Gabriel Mountains

7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Due to limited “good” parking and lots of hikers, this will be an early morning meetup.

The hike to Switzer Falls is one of my favorite hikes and is one of the most popular hikes in front range of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Bring your hiking poles as we will cross the creek several times, I’ve counted more than 20. Bring socks, you may get your feet wet. Wear layers. bring a jacket and gloves, it may be chilly. I will keep you posted on the weather

We will meet in the parking lot at 7:30, and start promptly at 7:45.

This is a 4.5 mile out-and-back hike on the Gabrielino Trail that follows a running creek down into a wooded canyon. The trail begins at the Switzer Picnic Area and descends 650 feet to the stream below Switzer Falls. We will cross a bridge (group photo time) and walk down Bear Canyon on a worn down road that was paved in the 1930s.

This first stretch of the hike is in the shade. When the trail leaves the creek we will begin climbing up along a steep wall of the canyon. The views are great here! We will eventually find ourselves at the top of Switzer Falls, then we will descend to small pools and cascades below. Unfortunately, the pools beneath Switzer have been tagged with graffiti but it’s still quite beautiful.

We will stop here for a break and take some time to explore the creek and the surrounding area. Bring your lunch, or snacks, and water.

Hike time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 4.5 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: roughly 650’
Difficulty: Fit beginner/intermediate
Dogs: Yes, leashed, per State law
Restrooms: Yes at the parking lot, not on the trail
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-‘n-fall. This is bear country
What to look out for: poison oak, ticks

2-3 liters of water
Lunch, snacks, electrolytes
Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
Hiking poles and socks
Wear layers, jacket and gloves

Carpooling is highly recommended. Message me if you’re coming from the Simi Valley, Chatsworth area.

You will need an Adventure Pass to park. You can purchase the pass at Big 5 Sporting Goods or any Ranger Station for $5.00/day, $30/year, or $80/lifetime.

Switzer Truck Trail, Angeles National Forest, Tujunga, CA 91042
Coordinates: 34.26624, -118.1457
From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge, take the Angeles Crest Highway (CA 2) northwest for 10 miles to the Switzer Picnic Area.
Descend to the parking lot and display your adventure pass. If the lot is full, additional parking is located at the top of the road.

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November 16 2019


Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Switzer Picnic Area

Switzer Truck Trail

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