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
538 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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7 days ago

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

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

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My hiking group of 10 arrived at the parking lot with plenty of parking space. I bought the adventure pass at one of the 7 eleven in Arcadia before we came. Luckily we did that because rangers were patrolling the area regularly. Best shades under plenty of trees. Beginning of the hike was very easy for warming up. Halfway through we ended up at very narrow paths over steep cliffs. Rest of my party except 2 of us continued to the fall. It was easy going there, but a tough workout coming back. My 13 year old has to catch his breath at the beginning of the return trip. Overall a very satisfied hiking trip with beautiful shaded forest like setting.

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