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.

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

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21 days ago

definitely an awesome hike to do with kids so that they can be one with nature & water. got to love the outdoors

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21 days ago

Super easy to find, park, & beautiful no matter what trail you take. PLEASE Stop littering you lazy f***s!!!!!!

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22 days ago

Pretty easy hike. It starts out flat along the creek then you will hit some switchbacks that go down into Bear Canyon towards the falls. I went in June of last year and the falls were pretty dry. There should be more water now and lots of water holes to swim in, in the canyon. Overall, the trail has lots of shade. Get an adventure pass for your car before visiting you will get a ticket if you don't have one. They are 5$ cash only.

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We started from the Switzer Picnic area and hiked to the base of the falls. After the falls hike we hiked up Bear Canyon to the Bear Canyon camp. This hike is not strenuous at all. My husband and I enjoyed the beauty and had fun with all of the creek crossings. The trail continues all along the creek and continues to get more beautiful along the way! We went on a Friday morning, not too many people. We will defiantly do this hike again.

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Pretty good hike. ~Little graffiti. Too many people. Lots of shade. I brought my swimsuit and cooled off. I would purchase an Adventure Pass (cash only at VC) so you can park at the picnic area. Might want to research the road, it's a quick turn just pass the visitor center down the windy road to the picnic area.

Lots of river crossings; one might want to bring water shoes.

1 month ago

Easy yet so relaxing and satisfying

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