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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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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1 month ago

Overnight backpacking trip to Bear Canyon Campground with the Boy Scouts. The 1st part of the hike to Sweitzer Falls was great. Well maintained trail with good amount of shade.
Once we turned off towards Bear Canyon is was a different story. The trail had numerous logs and boulders from last winters storms. Also lots of Poison Oak and a stinging nettle growing right up on the trail. Wear long pants. At least 20 stream crossings. It was very tough with a pack on our backs. The trail jumps around a lot causing us to backtrack a few times. The only consolation was the shade.
The camp site was alright with 3 picnic tables and several fire rings. The stream was still running so we were able to filter water. No bear boxes so you need to bring rope to hang your smellables. Over all it was 10 miles out and back.

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1 month ago

Nice family friendly hike. It is a bit of a challenge though so my recommended age for kids would be 6/7+ unless you're backpacking the toddler :) At the end of the trail you hit a nice toddler friendly pool. My son is 1.5 years old and he was able to stand with a comfortable amount of space to breathe. I'm 5'3 and it was a little lower than my hips. Shaded/mountainous/comfortable.

Definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes the great outdoors.

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2 months ago

Easy access from park entrance. Lovely easy hike and a small step hill in parts. And a stream when it rains.

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2 months ago

I enjoyed the beginning of this trail. But due to the incline my knee began to hurt and kind of killed the rest of the hike. the waterfall was not impressive. although I did take a dip in one of the ponds. it's shaded for most of the hike.

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2 months ago

Beautiful creek, great views at highest end, viewpoint down to the waterfall. Small waterholes above the waterfall are accessible. Lots of trees make it great for mid day hikes.