Explore the most popular Walking trails in San Gabriel Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked this about a month ago and the river crossing were pretty frequent. The river is swollen so bring poles!! Moderately trafficked but a pretty easy hike. Brought our friends for their first time and they loved the beautiful waterfall. Good hike!! Water everywhere.

Easy hike. Loose gravel in places. Beautiful views

Great view of greater Los Angeles, excellent bird spotting

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9 days ago

Phone read 8.29 miles with 1815 ft gain in 1:55:41. Fire road for the entire length of trail. Turn off near top heads to Strawberry Peak. Solid view of downtown, Palos Verdes, and Catalina.

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bugs
over grown
washed out
9 days ago

alot of river crossings and dogs

so beautiful.

Definitely a great hike. Because of all the rain, the river was swollen. There are at least 5 spots that you have to cross the river, one of which was impossible to stay dry. Be prepared to get wet on this hike. The falls are small but worth it. Definitely a popular hike, so go early or on a weekday.

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blowdown
bridge out
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

It's lovely back there. We went right after the rains and there was so much water! But the trail is blown out. Expect 20+ creek crossings down to the campground and lots of scrambling across rocks and fallen trees. You can probably manage to get across the first ten creek crossings without getting your shoes wet if you have good balance. It's relatively easy to track the trail if you just make sure to look up and scan the way. It took us almost 3hrs to get to the campground, going gingerly across the streams. And 2hrs on the way back when we just gave up and sloshed through. All the concentration and scrambling becomes strenuous!

Beautiful, shady trail. Moderately crowded on a Friday afternoon. There were 5 or 6 river crossings, a few of which were gnarlier than I expected, so expect to get wet if it's rained recently. My feet got soaked wearing mid-sized waterproof hiking boots, so you're probably better off just taking your shoes off altogether.

NOTE: (TO GET A CLOSER VIEW OF THE WATERFALL). The trail will take you above the waterfall at first. When you see a fork, take the downhill path (I think it says "saddle" something ("saddle back"?) to get a closer view. Read some other reviews for more detail. I turned back at the fork (cause I didn't read the reviews), so I only got to see the waterfall from afar.

Beautiful hike! We did this after the rains on March 3 and the water was copious and flowing! Lots of water crossings and a strong chance of getting your feet soaked. We went with a group of 8 and about half stayed dry and half got wet! This is an easy hike, though right before the falls there is a short incline with very steep drops offs that may be a challenge for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo. It is about 4.5 to the falls and back and about 4 miles if you stop before the incline.

SHADY and COOL!

We did this trail late February 2019 during a very rainy season in LA. The little stream and waterfall were flowing with an abundance of water. Be prepared to bring waterproof hiking shoes (or an extra pair for when you get back to your car) because there will be multiple times along the trail that you will have to cross the water. You can use the rocks or wood that people may have layed out to help with these crossings but be careful bc some of them aren't stable. If you've done the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere, that's what it reminds me of as far as the many water crossings you have to do. However, it is a much shorter hike than Bridge to Nowhere and definitely has more shade. This hike is definitely fun for the whole family. BTW, if you're feeling a little adventurous, there's a trail to the right that leads to the top of the waterfall.

Pretty nice trail did it as my end of the year hike on New Year’s Eve ,,, it’s a nice climb up,,, it is a workout going up ,, Saw a couple with their toddlers which wowed me cause they were about a mile or 2 up ,,, pretty cool

This hike is absolutely gorgeous. We went when the snow hit the trail. The sun was out, perfect weather. You’ll love this hike. We had such a blast.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

gorgeous falls, met some cool people. bathrooms at the trailhead YASSS. has upper falls. do nxt time!!!
about 1/3 has no shade. other than that, lots of shade.

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snow
1 month ago

We went hiking around 9:30am in late February. It was in the 40s, but with an extra layer on, we were fine. Parking below is limited, so arrive early (8-9:30am). 2 vaulted toillets are at each end of the parking lot, near the Gabrielino trail.
The hike to Switzer Falls was so lovely! We had to walk on rocks and fallen trees to cross the stream and avoid getting wet. The water was about 4-16” deep. The path is popular and fairly easy, but not good for beginners or anyone afraid of heights (or climbing across fallen trees over the water).
Note on trail : we made a LEFT when the trail split. We ended up at a fall, but I don’t know if that was THE one. Apparently, if you hike up to the top of the falls, you can catch a path that will take you to a bigger fall. We didn’t do that, just heard people talking.
There are many picnic benches for lunching. By the time we returned from our hike, they were all full with families who were seriously cooking. I wanted to join them, but thought they may not like that idea. We sat above the water, adjacent to the parking and threw a blanket down over some leaves and had a beautiful end-of-hike picnic. It was so nice because of the sound of the flowing stream!
The round-trip hike was just under 5 miles. It took about 3 hrs.

Great trail with great views. When we went 2/23/19 there was still a lot of snow in some sections. Very lightly trafficked when we arrived at 9am. Some minor rockslides which was something to watch out for.

Lots of water after the rains. Water was rapid so washed away most crossings. Not a problem if you don't mind getting your feet/shoes wet. Started hailing when I went 2/17/19.

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rocky
1 month ago

Water is flowing pretty good since it recently rained. Your feet will get wet so be prepared. Bring trekking poles if you have them. It’s a beautiful hike, one of the better ones in LA, especially during winter.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

Very beautiful trail!

After learning what this trail is about, we decided to come and check it out. Pretty amazing place to hike. Beautiful scenery. Lots of water now since rain started last week and this week. Impossible to cross the trail without getting wet! River is full of water so be aware of that. Also this is my mistake for not getting a pass beforehand, so if you dnt have one, go get one at a Shell station before heading up Angeles Crest canyon. $5 day - $30 annual pass. When your at site, go down where it says Switzer Ski road, theres plenty of parking down the hill where Hike trail starts... enjoy!

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snow
1 month ago

Snow covers all the trail. It is awesome.

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muddy
scramble
snow
washed out
1 month ago

Now it’s full of water on the river. It’s more like bridge to nowhere. River crossing without getting wet is basically impossible. The waterfall is really beautiful and it won’t be easy to reach upper waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful trails I have been too. Really pretty and very lonely around 9am on week days. The trails is mostly wooded with plenty of shade and a lot of open vista. Can see the water fall hiking down the trail... if you want to see a bigger water fall you need to climb up the first waterfall and walk a bit... it’s hidden but it’s there....their should be a rope on your right tide up to a tree to help you climb or go under the tree and theirs a trail behind it the will help you get up without climbing as much... to get to the other waterfall you just walk and climb over some fallen trees. Trust me it there. Worth the climbing.

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no shade
1 month ago

Great training, nice steady incline but no shade. Not the most scenic trail, but still worthwhile.

Loved this little backpacking trip. I took a complete beginner, and he had a blast!

Great campground if you can make it all the way to bear CG. Lots of water in January, but I hear that is gone later in the year so plan accordingly.

Hike can have its steep parts, especially returning after the camp. River crossings, rock scrambling, and log walking to be expected. You can do it without getting your feet wet if careful, but bring extra shoes and socks just in case.

hiking
1 month ago

Started around 10 am, had to park far away and walk down the road. Very pretty, not difficult for a hiker, but moderate for a non-hiker. Great water flow after the rains, but WAY TOO CROWDED. Also, lots of annoying dogs. I like dogs, but not so much while I am hiking. In fact, there was a group of people who all had golden retrievers - like 20 of them - and they took over the falls while their dogs all swam and then got me and my buddy soaking wet, after we managed to stay dry the whole way in.

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