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Just did this trail Oct 14 and really enjoyed it! I loved the scenery, there's some creek side walking, which to still have some water this time of year is great. The elevation gain in minimal, so taking kids is no problem and plenty for them to explore. At the first camp, the creek is right there with a nice little waterhole. I'm sure in the late Spring/ early Summer the water is really great to dip into, even now it reached the knees, just enough to cool off. There are certain spots where the trail gets washed out, but as long as you keep walking parallel to the creek you're good, it would actually be hard to get lost. Of course the Thomas Fire came through the area, but it's regrowth is amazing to see and you can imagine what it once looked like. Towards the 2+ mile area, there is less shaded area, so plan accordingly.

Great hike! We ended up going all the way over to the bear canyon camp ground and back! Great views and good walking trails.

Tips: bring a map and not your bicycle! There is no service anywhere and you will have to carry your bike....

Be careful, there is a vicious pit bull chained up at the cabin at the trail head. Today it was out on the trail and bit my hiking companion. We left and the family still didn’t have it under control. It was terrorizing other hikers. Not sure what to do since the bite wasn’t disfiguring but it was bloody. I am not sure if it warrants police action.

Great hike! Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's definitely easy. It's flat the whole way. The trail gets a little messy sometimes and you have to go over rocks and cross the river but nothing crazy. This was absolutely lovely.

We went shortly after it rained, so in the part of trail that Teresa (previous poster) mentions where it gets a bit narrow, we didn’t have any issues with slipping because the sandy dirt was firm from the rain.
Unfortunately, the waterfall was nowhere to be seen, even after the rain but — it’s a fun trail regardless. It has a nice mix of winding through dense vegetation and hiking around the hillside.
We went on a cool day, but we still brought a fair amount of water for us and our dog.

Most of this trail is fairly easy and fun; although with very little shade. The draught has left no signs of a waterfall which I expected but we couldn't determine where one would be. Beautiful scenes with mountains surrounding. After about 3.8 miles in the trail becomes less maintained and more of a jungle. Long pants are recommended if you go pass this point. Lots of little thorny plants that will leave scratches. Parts of the trail past this point were eroding and soft sand making it dangerous for the inexperienced hiker. I would recommend this hike and I would do it again but turn around about 3.5 miles in.

Miles:5.2
Elevation:750ft
Duration: 2-3 hours
Level:easy -moderate
Dogs allowed on leash
Please bring your adventure pass to park.

When you arrive to the Switzer falls sign off the highway you will see a small road near the bathrooms. Go down that small road! There is plenty of parking down at the bottom. Start at the picnic tables. You have chances for a nice clean bathroom down at the bottom when your starting your hike. Cross the bridge and start down the paved road. The road ends about 1mile in but this trail is well marked and is very easy to follow.

This is a great hike to take your kids 6 and up. The views are beautiful. There are plenty of water crossings which makes it fun for the kids.
Your in shade about 80% of the trail but there is a small part with full exposer. We had people bring trekking Poles for the water crossings. There isn’t a lot of water there right now but enough to enjoy the views. When you get to the park where there is no shade “scream Hello!” As loud as you can and you can hear your echos bounce off the mountains! That was fun! When you get down to the bottom of your switch backs there’s shade again and your almost to the waterfall.

The waterfall doesn’t have much water in it but it’s still beautiful.

It was fun! Over all a perfect sized hike for us with dogs and kids!

Have fun! stay safe! Keep your dogs on a leash! Bring enough water and snacks, and leave no trace of trash!

backpacking
13 days ago

A good time. The first .5 miles is along a road. You then turn onto the trail and head up the canyon following the creek. The next mile the path is very clear as you meander along the creek to camp one. Beyond camp one the trail is a bit washed out and there are a few sections where you lose the trail a bit. As long as you follow the creek you should be able to head the right direction and find the trail again. There is a STUNNING camp site about three miles in. Chirping birds and crickets, the sound of the flowing creek, a lovely breeze, a big oak tree and a nice flat camp spot. THERE IS A LOT OF POISON OAK ON THIS HIKE. SO MUCH POISON OAK. IT IS EVERYWHERE. But minus the poison oak it is a really good time and super beautiful.

not a bad hike but not much water at all this time of year and the tail endof the hike there's not much shade but my buddies saw a bear. it should be nicer once we get some rain

15 days ago

easy two mile hike
I did this hike as a night hike. beautiful And peaceful trail. once you get to the grotto you will see a bit of water. I'm assuming that when it rains, must he amazing.
avoid parking by the campsite, you will get kicked out. you can park on on the top entrance or on mullohand drive will take you straight to the trail
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I've walked this trail plenty of times. Usually to take some friends that just want a simple walk in the woods that isn't too strenuous. Though it isn't my favorite. As other have mentioned parking is minimal and it is pretty congested. It's great after showers. If it wasn't for the crowd and location I would've given it another star. Bottom line: neat trail, parking sucks, initial paved road, and congestion.

Loved this trail arrows are everywhere make side to make it to the back pool where there is a waterfall and rope to climb

I have done this trail twice! Both times it was pretty hot out so make sure you bring plenty of water with you. You can hike two main ways through santa Paula canyon, or along the water to the punch bowls. I preferred going along the water the second time because there was more shade and I enjoy an occasion splash when I get hot but that’s just me! However stunning views overlooking the canyon if you follow the main trailhead/orange and green markers! There is trash unfortunately so be a handy earth lover and bring a trash bag with you, it made me feel better cleaning up as I went. But the Punchbowl was awesome! Fun area to have a picnic and say hello to fellow travelers!

walking
24 days ago

This is our favorite Trail in our area. It's a nice hike up to the waterfall and back. We're able to do it in about 2 hours.

Easy trail to follow along. Make sure head down(left) when you get to the fork. I personally found it on the easier die but the sun is draining on a hot summer day. Not many people on the trail when I went but the heat help keep people home. Snuck up on a deer grazing on some plants on the trail. Not a lot of water in September so don't expect much when you get to the falls.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike

We hiked from the southern trailhead. Trail is good to a short distance beyond Matilija Camp. However, after the canyon turns sharply right, the trail effectively ends - all paths are blocked by large amounts of fallen tress, brush, etc. So total in and out hike is about 3.5 mi.

hiking
1 month ago

mon.09/17/18

1:00 pm ~3:00 pm
it was little bit hot but still ok cuz of koo wind.
no parking or not sure we should park at enterance but did anyway.
somebody broke car window eventhough we cleaned everything and nothing was inside. ㅠㅠ

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice moderate trail, very shady except for the uphill part. One of my favorites for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing scenic trail. The upper falls is a challenge to get up and down but well worth the effort.

https://youtu.be/ngpoK3gJhhE

Just a trickle of water at the falls but otherwise the views are spectacular of the surrounding mountains. Saw a variety of different birds, plants and trees. It was hot but most of the hike is shaded thankfully.

Cool hike. Easy to moderate incline closer to the falls area. Worth the hike. No water last weekend Sept 1 2018. But cool being under where the water fall would be. Also steep decent into falls area but very manageable with rope that is there.

3/4 mile walk to trailhead from parking. Crossed 2 different snakes within the first .25 mile of trailhead. One was red and black

Super great trail a bit confusing at times really fun

Great place to go hike and spend time with friends and family. Highly recommended to those who love to hike and admire nature. Also great cliffs to jump off if you are into that!
!!!GO CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ON THE SANTA PAULA PUNCH BOWLS!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3na2KTAzXSw

Do not go anytime after September! The only thing you’ll see is a trickle of water that is supposed to be a waterfall. The water is green, dirty, and gross. This hike was more about the journey than the destination at least that’s what we had to say to ourselves in order to convince ourselves that the hike wasn’t a total waste.

on Trail Canyon Falls

1 month ago

this trail has a little of everything.

Great Trail. A bit confusing at times. Looking for green or blue arrows to remind you your goin correct way. Apparently there are multiple ways to get to first punch bowl. Tiring but so worth the hike when you take that jump in pool. Planning to go back but explore the other bowls.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a pretty intense hike for a beginner like me. I went on a Saturday and ran across 15 other hikers on this trail (September 1, 2018) It’s a lot of up hill and not much shade. The beginning of this hike is beautiful but the middle to end is uphill and no shade at all (bring sunblock) I also saw lizards, dragonfly’s and a deer! No falls at the end, kind of bummed but gives me more of a reason to go back ☺️ Took about 3hours round trip.

Tips:
•Bring enough water
•wouldn’t bring small dogs
•walking stick
•sunscreen
•picnic area half way through hike

**Also I didn’t have an Adventure pass and had no problems**

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