Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail

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Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Wilson, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 675 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a relatively easy hike into one of the loveliest sections of the San Gabriel mountains. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with oaks and alder, with the water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools. The hike travels high above the 50 foot high Switzer falls, then drops back to the stream, where hikers can double back to stand at the base of the falls. After seeing the falls, travel down stream to the intersection with Bear Canyon, and travel up this spectacularly wild, steep walled canyon for another half mile or so to enjoy its wonders. More adventuresome hikes can continue up Bear Canyon for 2 miles to Bear Camp.

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21 days ago

my first hike and i loved that this was my first spot to hike! its so beautiful, theres a lot to look at.
take some comfy shoes, a lot of little streams and rocks and walking over tree trunks. you can park your car down the hill by the picnic tables so you dont have to walk all the way back up. wish i knew that in the first place lol
overall great experience :))))

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24 days ago

Really good place to hike, but please .... someone need to take care of those smelly bathrooms

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1 month ago

My wife and I did this hike yesterday and we were really impressed. Gorgeous walk through a shaded canyon that follows a stream. The Gabrielino trail then climbs and you ascend above the tree lines to massively panoramic vistas of the mountains before dipping back down again to a juncture that can take you toward Bear Canyon or back up the stream to Switzer Falls and then back to the initial picnic area. Will be back numerous times no doubt.

Not a bad hike, just a lot more rocks than expected. Plenty of shade so if you go on a cold day, wear the right clothing.

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1 month ago

Heavily trafficked; less water than other nearby streams. Pretty trail

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2 months ago

My hubby and I took our 4 kids (ages 8,9,11, and 12). The majority of the hike is easy with a few fun places to cross the small stream and lots of great places for the kids to explore. However, things change pretty drastically when you get to the area with the switchbacks. You will come across a few steeper inclines and some narrow trail that is on the side of cliffs. It was a little tough for our crew, but we persevered! After the "tough" part of the hike, we were disappointed with the trickle of a waterfall. Even with the drought, we hoped that going a couple of days after it rained, there would have been more water. The shaded walk through the oaks is truly beautiful though. I just don't think it should be listed as an "easy" trail, and some parts are not "kids friendly" (especially with little ones).

2 months ago

Shady, beautiful outdoor hike on a sunny day