Like most people said, it gets pretty narrow in the middle of the hike so try to go early to avoid the crowds. Switzer Falls Trail is located in Los Angeles County of California state. Take a left for Switzer Falls. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Since the trailhead parking is closed, expect to hike down the road to the start. It begins at Mt. 4/60: Switzer Falls Trail. COVID REVIEW! Stay to the right if you’re headed to the falls. Waterfall wasn’t that impressive but nice none the less. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Crowds could be challenging on the narrow areas, which would also be quite hot in the peak heat of the day. Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Camp via Gabrelino Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. In about 2 miles the trail to Switzer Falls takes you along a babbling brook, through historic ruins, on the side of a spectacular gorge, and then finally, to a pristine waterfall. Easy going to falls but going back it’s moderate to hard. 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. Hike at Switzer Falls near Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA, California. Great trail! 103 likes. THE STORY: Jedediah Switzer was raised by carnivorous squirrels. Pretty easy going hike with a couple of stream crossings. Switzer Falls, Altadena, CA. Awesome trail. definitely will do again in spring. The trail leaves from the western end of the lot. About a mile into the hike, the trail will fork. Continue following Gabrielino Trail (NRT) on the west slope of the gorge and you'll get a nice view of Switzer Falls. Good workout. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. Users have reported that when the trailhead parking is closed, there is an additional 1 mile and 300 feet in elevation added to the hike. Switzer Falls Hike. To communicate or ask something with the place, the Phone number is (818) 899-1900 ext. Get there as early as you can. Read reviews about going earlier and that's definitely the move! We saw dogs and children on this trail so feel free to bring the fam bam. Only 1/4 mile extra, but it's a bigger, less crowded, fall. Wilson. A lot of social distancing and mask wearing people were very courteous to others. Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Got there around 6:45am and parking lot was full. The many great places to visit in or near the Arroyo Seco have made it one of the most popular hiking spots in Southern California. There is pretty gnarly drop at one point. Upper Arroyo Seco: Switzer Falls in the Angeles National Forest. There is a little bit of rock scrambling to reach the top of the lower falls, but from there it is an easy walk along the Arryo Seco to reach the 50' upper falls in about .25 mile. Trail: Switzer Picnic Area to Switzer Falls and the Bear Canyon Trail along the Arroyo Seco to the mouth of Bear Canyon. People aren’t joking that when the driveway is closed it’s quite a steep walk up at the end of your hike - but I think it’s worth it! Parking is only available at the top (near the main road) so you will have to walk down to the trail head and back up to the parking. We arrived at 10am and parking was full. Wild sage, blackberry brambles, and honey mushrooms spotted along the path! 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