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Hiked this with a friend at 5am. The basic info you need to be aware of at this point is that this trail is pretty difficult to follow after about 1.5/2 miles. We followed along with the trail on the app, but were unable to follow a trail to the end of the hike. We made it most of the way, but with about 1/4 mile left, right before what seems to be largest of the water crossings, the trail was gone. We attempted to get across near the general area that the trail was supposed to lead through, but no dice. Very overgrown in areas, and the trail is basically washed out in a couple of very sketchy spots. I think this trail needs to be re-blazed by some people who are more familiar with what the trail once was. Bring a lot of water - there is a decent amount of rocky ascent, but most of it is shaded. Still a good workout. There wasn't much trash, as a lot of the previous reviews have mentioned there being. Someone must have done a cleanup fairly recently. Also, we randomly found a geocache off-trail after about 1.5 miles :)

I am not going to include more detail, as I don't recommend this trail in its current state. Definitely not for beginners. Please bring a compass/GPS if you choose to attempt to complete the hike.

This “trail” sucks.

It’s paved for a large chunk of the way, in the sun, with very little shade and there’s no water for the first mile.

Not a great trail for taking dogs especially on a hot day.

It’s a steep decline in, and a steep incline out.

The reviews here are not accurate.

Beginning is all downhill to Gould-Mesa trail camp. Past the campground the trail levels out and 2/3 of way in you’ll start hitting pretty stream crossings (decent amount of water for early September). The waterfall at the end of the trail is solid. Coming back you will be in for a decent climb back toward the parking lot.

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Goes through a very active bee hive!! So maybe not the best time to use this trail right now. Also, on the way out it’s basically entirely downhill after the initial ascent

views are nice at the peak and there's a teepee. Wear pants for sure as the path is pretty overgrown especially the bit from the power lines to the peak. I started at 9am and was at the peak around 10 taking a couple breaks along the last section with the false peaks. you're going to be in the sun unless you start early but I didn't see anyone until my way back down towards the bottom. I also had a lot of fun driving on the road leading to this one.

Seriously, don’t hike this trail. Hiking west from the top of Brown Mountain and going down the ridge there is no discernible trail and had to bushwhack down 2k of intense brush. If you do want to go to the top of Brown Mountain approach from the East and turn back around and go back the way you came.

The mountain views are very pretty and there are a little bit of wildflowers. This hike is mostly in the sun and uphill on the way there. Wear long pants because there's areas where it can get rual and there's a lot of tall bushes.

Got to the parking area right on the highway around 7 AM and we were the first people there. We didn't run into anybody else until right before the picnic area. The water dam area is just past the picnic spot and worth the time to see. Passed a few kids doing their cross-country training on our way back. Overall great hike, few people, and mostly shaded. The climb back up to the car was grueling though

switzer “falls” is looking pretty sad about now, but the hike towards bear canyon after switzer falls was pretty shady the whole time and it wasn’t too strenuous. the only tough part about this hike is the short exposed area before getting to switzer falls.

Flat and shady!
Only ~500 ft elevation

Great run for the dogs
Keep dogs out of the sun
Cross a couple streams so fresh water for pups

it was a nice little hike and plenty of water to our surprise enough to go swimming but some people don't pick up after themselves and that's the only drawback

I took this trail today! It really was great. I took a left at the campground and went on about 4.5 miles more. He trails were clear, quiet, and not crowded at all except for some apparently long term residents at the campground. I’m not sure about easy if you take the left trail as I did I was out about 4 hours and pretty tired when I got back. Good for a shorts and T-shirt hike though. Great choice for close to the city, I’ll go again.

Bear sighting! Well, nearly. On our way out, two groups advised us that our furry friend was about 1/4 mile ahead. We never encountered said bear, but it seemed to be far enough away from the trail and not bothering anybody.

This hike is great!! Meets up with the JPL trail at Gould Mesa Campground. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (where the campground is) to head toward the dam. About 1 mile from the campground bear left at the picnic area to follow the trail to the dam (about another 1/2 mile) - otherwise you're ascending quickly up a mountain. You'll definitely know if you turned the correct way. :)

If you are going to take younger kids out here, I'd suggest using the JPL/Gabrielino trail. The hike back up to the car at the end of this route is B R U T A L. Mostly unexposed, and difficult to do in the heat. Bikers use this trail, so listen out for their bells and consider only wearing one earbud if you're going to wear them at all. Also good advice for the bears.

Really great hike with lots of interest along the trail - great views from the canyon rim, beautiful creek crossings, and several small waterfalls on the 8.5 mile trek. Lots of shade makes for a great trail on a warmer day. Bring lots of water (2-3 liters) - about 4 hours round-trip.

Great trail that is well shaded (except for the half mile before Switzer Falls). Recommended when it's hot (was >100* when I hiked this).

The trail to Switzer Falls is well trafficked with a few stream crossings. The water level is very low at the moment, but there is certainly enough to splash around in. There are a few step drop-offs and cliffs along this trail - keep an eye on kids!

Beyond Switzer Falls, the trail is far less maintained, but is still easy to follow. There are around 20 stream crossings between Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Creek but all are easy - no need to get wet feet!

Bear Canyon Camp has a half dozen spots for a tent, about 3-4 stoves/fire pits and a few picnic tables. Great spot and well shaded. Given the low water level, I wouldn't rely on the water for drinking.

Overall, recommended trail, especially when it's hot given the stream and tree cover.

Great hike!! Beautiful views from the ledge hiking to the second falls. The trail became very rugged past the falls on the Bear Canyon trail with downed tree obstacles from the floods to cross. Certainly a trail worth doing.

Moderate to hard hike. I went on a foggy day so there wasn’t much of a view at the top but it was peaceful. Would not recommend this on a hot day but I bet the views are amazing on a clear day.

Found this spot by wanting something like Eaton Canyon but without the crowds. And for a Saturday morning, it was perfect. Pretty, with some people, but for the most part, we were hiking alone. The only downside was what someone else had mentioned which is the hike back up to your car. There’s little shade and was the most strenuous part of the trail being that it is at the end.

Great Hike! I would say it's hard and not moderate. Very steep incline and trail running or hiking boots are a must. there's benches 1 mile up. Went on a Friday evening around 6:00pm and only encountered 5 other hikers.

This was from the El Vago entrance of the Cross Town Trail.

Too steep. An hour and 10 minutes up, 40 minutes down. I’d rate this hard versus moderate based on the grade alone. I fell twice on the way down. My girlfriend is a beginner and would have killed me if I took her on this.

Moderately high with a 35 degree incline on med lose gravel with minimum shade and one sitting area with 2 picnic tables. If forecast is sunny better beat the heat of the day and protection from the sun. Make sure to take good traction shoes for the trail, trail varies from two to one person wide. Few hikers n bikers. Nice views when LA is not hazy. At the top, Tepee area, it has no shade or sitting area n has two other trails to explore. Trail can use updated markers , one trail will lead you away if not familiar, others just merge into each other to go the top. This from a Chicago Il, hiker.

A beautiful evening sunset hike. Definitely steep. Shade is limited, but better in the morning or late afternoon hours. I love the tipi at the top and the beekeeping area is pretty rad. Amazing views in every direction at the top.

This trail is the feature of the fourth episode of my new vlog, Trail Mix. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/H7W6UtHHeX0

Also, I put together a playlist on spotify for you to take on the trail.
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Have a great hike!

This has become one of my favorite hikes. it's very much on the side of the road. The trail leads you down hill into a very forested area. It runs a long a stream most of the time, and you'll have to cross is multiple times as well. it's like an obstacle course in some parts. Very fun. Highly recommended.

Definitely an intense uphill if you’re a bit out of shape (like me), or if the weather is 80s or above - so it’s a nice workout replacement for the day. Bring water and take breaks. Opens up into a lovely meadow but shade is hard to come by anywhere on the trail. Only saw two other hikers and a biker on a Sunday afternoon.

I went on 3/31/18 and there was a rock slide to traverse, about two dozen creek crossings (~half of them include downed trees/debris from recent flooding). It was a lot of fun, but a little bit more than you might have bargained for!

Great trail! As others have mentioned it is an upside down hike, gradual decline the entire time and of course up the way back. There was plenty of creek crossings through water and the waterfalls had plenty of water. If you traverse up towards the right of the first fall it can be a bit tricky but worth the travel towards the second fall. The majority of the hike is shaded and cool. Highly recommend!

Pros: Shaded (large majority), water crossings (spring time), waterfalls

Cons: Dirty restrooms

Final 1/3 kinda steep — bring grippy shoes! Otherwise short and sweet hike, +/-3 hrs

Steep, slippery, mostly shadeless trail on decomposing granite -- but what a view! Be sure to wear grippy shoes, not the old sneakers in the trunk of your car, like I did.

Spent the night at bear canyon camp. Beautiful easy hike. If you plan on staying the night, check out the last campsite in the back. The spot where you pitch the tent is on a little drop off with an awesome view of a peak. Watched hawks flying around all day. Loved it.

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