Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail

EASY 230 reviews
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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




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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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4 days ago

I love this trail! It was a bit of a challenge to get to the big waterfall but so worth it!!! It may be not be a kid friendly trail once you try to go over the side for the main waterfall but as long you take a rope then the kids can safely go the the big rock ! A must!!!

5 days ago

This is a moderate to easy hike that's a lot of fun. I went after the recent downpours of rain and the river crossings are really involved and not easy - expect to get a little wet or balance well! The waterfall was roaring at this time and lived up to the reward of hiking for a good 2.5 miles into that point. Note: if you keep going straight you'll eventually hit the top of the waterfall though you can't really see it unless you pull some risky climbing. About a quarter of a mile before the end, there's a junction to the right where the real trail goes up a hill via some switchbacks. That's the trail you really want when the river is filled out like this.

6 days ago


7 days ago

This hike was relatively easy if you don't mind getting your shoes and socks wet. If not get ready for some balancing, off one foot jumps and light rock to log jumping or vice versa.
What can I say, My entire group loved this trail!
The campground has about 5 concrete tables and benches with its individual fire grill. And if you don't want to have a longer walk back to your car, make sure you get there early to find a parking spot down by the campground.

7 days ago

Beautiful. It's shaded then a nice climb into the mountains into the sun. Great views. Switzer actually had a ton of water in the falls when my sis and I did it in December. Thanks to all the recent rainfall.

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17 days ago

great place to hike with group of friends, the scenery was amazing, if you are afraid of heights, this hiking trail may not be for you.

20 days ago

A fine place for a stroll.

21 days ago

This hike was so nice went all the way to te big waterfall.. just make sure you have waterproof boots cause you have to cross the river several times..

21 days ago

Awesome trail

23 days ago

25 days ago

Beautiful scenery with the peaceful sound of coming from the streams of water. The recent storms have made this hike more tricky to maneuver across rocks through the streams, but it is more exciting that way. I completed this hike two times in one week -- once before the storm, once after. It was like a completely different trail after the storm!

28 days ago

29 days ago

I assume the easy rating is when the canyon is indeed a "dry stream". The canyon was not dry today and made the many stream crossings exciting but potentially dangerous. If you want to reach the bottom of the falls, expect your feet to get wet, and if you're not sure footed possibly your butt. I would not consider this trail easy when the water is high. Have fun, but be careful.

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