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 rated as moderate. 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
538 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






wild flowers




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.

5 days ago

Great hike with awesome views of the mountains. Lots of shade and you follow a creek the whole time. Really enjoyed this hike.

6 days ago

great track. I love it! we were here today (Saturday) and it wasn't busy. I haven't seen any bugs...

7 days ago

It was harder than I expected as this was my third small hike. I didn’t make it to the falls and I would not rate this as easy. The incline was challenging for me. Like I said I am a beginner and am also hiking for weight loss so those can also factor in but all in all grateful I did the hike.

12 days ago

Love this hike!

13 days ago

Great view

20 days ago

Great trail for families. Limited parking in the two lower lots, so go early or mid day hoping to catch people leaving. Need to buy a pass which I think you can do at the top of the hill of the main road.

The trail itself is well maintained and beautiful.

23 days ago

Bugs are bountiful. Bring a bug net if you don’t want them flying up your nose and down your throat. Water levels are pretty low for this time of the year given the lack of rain, but there are still a couple of stream crossings

23 days ago

This is a mountain bike trail. We hiked 5 miles and never found the falls.

23 days ago

Pretty decent trail. Lots of traffic even on a week day. Make sure to stay left at the junction.. that'll take you to the falls. As some have said, there are some drops so watch your step. Lots of creek crossings so be prepared to navigate your way thru them.

27 days ago

A fun, doable hike with a great scenery. A lot of shade and going in cool weather is ideal. Just make sure to be careful on the cliffs- some steep spots.

1 month ago

Nice family hike, including our dog. Would likely do it again.

1 month ago

Great hike. Really good canyon views, although some steep edges. The mapped trail on here stops about 0.4 miles before the waterfall, though, so budget some time.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike in one of the prettiest areas of the forest. There is a small section where the trail gets very narrow with sheer cliffs and I would warn people whom are uneasy with heights or with small children to be very mindful.

1 month ago

Beautiful weather and it was real fun.

1 month ago

Fun for family, some Creek crossings

1 month ago

Pretty nice walk!

2 months ago

This is a great beginners hike ! I took my friends, who haven’t hiked for years, to this trail and they loved it. It was reasonably challenging for them, and the nature was just gorgeous !

2 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Don’t forget to get a day or annual pass from the visitor center before you park.

2 months ago

3 months ago

The trail it’s so beautiful and the fall is changing your can’ connect with nature

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