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.

3 days ago

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7 days ago

We went to hike yesterday but the area was closed indefinitely for active bear sightings. We decided to tempt fate and go past the barricades. We went about a mile on the trail before turning around ( we decided we had tempted fate enough) . What we did see was beautiful and the trail was very defined. Wish we had made it to the falls.

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11 days ago

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15 days ago

Not much to the falls, but the area is pretty.

16 days ago

16 days ago

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16 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful.
steep inclines but worth it. There were a ton of people so maybe try to go a little earlier to sneak in some time at the falls while it's not so busy.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful. Easy to navigate. Just enough steep inclines to get the blood pumping. I'll def add this to my list of fav hikes

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22 days ago

Beautiful hike from start to finish. You just might not want to go on Memorial weekend. It was super crowed.

23 days ago

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23 days ago

Good hike. Got an adventure pass from visitor center and parked by trail head. Well shaded hike along the stream before a fun finish to the falls. Saw a rattlesnake on the hike path.. us and a bunch of others waited til it got further down the slope. There was also a bear cub by the parking lot playing in the stream and came up towards the benches. Waterfall was flowing decent too.

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25 days ago

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26 days ago

Beautiful and relaxing. Some parts are challenging others just right for anyone to try. Loved it!

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1 month ago