Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon w/Mark Edward

Highlights:Wooded streamside trail, waterfalls, small cascades, lovely pools (bring a swim suit), deep canyons
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1400 ft
Hike Time: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType: Out and Back

This hike is to one of the most pleasant sections of the San Gabriel mountains. The stream is lined with oaks & alders with water cascading over granite rocks into several different pools. After seeing the falls, we will travel down Bear Canyon, have lunch at Bear Canyon Trail Camp and return stopping at the pools along the way.

Crossing the streams & rock hopping takes time. Please make sure you can do a 6 hour event. 10 mile r/t.

LOCATION:The directions are as followed: You will be taking the 210 freeway towards Pasadena. Just after you see Lake Ave offramp, the freeway splits. The 134 goes left to L.A. The 210 goes right. Stay on this until you see The Los Angeles Crest Highway (2)In La Canada.

Drive North about a quarter mile past Milmada Dr. Park alongside rd. This is where we will carpool on up. There will probably be lots of people from other groups parked along the road. This is a major carpool spot :)

I have a blue Toyota Highlander and cell (714)[masked]. From there we will carpool & drive 10 miles up Los Angeles Crest to the Switzer picnic area. You will need an Adventure Pass to park at the Switzer Falls parking area..


TIME: 7:30am. Please show up 15 minutes early. If you have not been to the meet up area before assume that you will get lost; plan on being 30 minutes early and ask for the organizers cell number. The organizer will leave ON or AT the start time posted.

The reason for an early time is...It's all about the parking. :) Very popular place

OTHER NOTES: Bring a lunch, snack & at least 2 liters of water and your ten dayhiking essentials. The directions are also in the L.A. Thomas Guide page 535 B-3

Those that are driving up to the Switzer Falls parking lot will need an Adventure Pass.

No plus ones on this hike.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:   

1) Select hikes/events at your ability level or below

2) Bring extra water/electrolytes and hydrate before and during the hike

3) Bring extra high-energy snacks

4) Bring two liters of WATER 

5) Bring charged cell phone, personal first aid kit, flashlight, and whistle

6) Wear shoes with traction - Trails can be steep and/or rocky

7) Wear and bring hat, sunscreen and appropriate attire/gear based on terrain and weather conditions 

 




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  • Leonie

    Hey folks! Check out the new photos I added, some are group pictures and some are solo pics. I had a great time even if I didn't get to swim. :)
    Fun group of hikers! See you again in the woods...or anywhere else doing fun and exciting things, you know, those things that energetic and YOUNG-hearted people do! Yup, we're all young AT HEART! (*_*)

    May 16, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    Who was it that took the pictures with the IPAD?

    May 14, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Leonie is, I haven't see herpost any picture yet.

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • Leonie

      Yeah, that was me. It's not an Ipad though, it's "big phone" according to Ramsey. LOL!
      Sorry folks, I haven't gotten a chance to post the pictures yet especially your cool picture jumping into the water. ;)
      I'll have them posted soon, not later than the end of this week.

      May 14, 2013

  • Larry

    Re: Lost Camera

    Did you check with the park to see if someone might have turned it in...?

    May 14, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    Was the camera found?

    May 12, 2013

    • Carrie

      Awwwe...sorry to hear that becky....... :( I really do hope you able to replace it though.

      May 12, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      The positive side of the sittuation is You all hiked extra miles. Kodo to all three strong hikers.

      May 13, 2013

  • Johan Le B.

    Thanks everybody ! I have a great time hiking with you. Maybe we'll meet again on top of some mountain ;)

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    Great hike with cool, fun hikers. Really enjoyed my sandals. LOL.

    3 · May 11, 2013

    • Stella

      It looks like now you have a good reason not to leave REI without a new pair of colorful shoe laces :)

      May 13, 2013

    • Mark "Gadgets" E.

      Guess what. I discovered yesterday they are different laces on the boots. So I also drew cadtoons on one of the pairs.

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • becky

    Great day of hiking..a bit warm on the trail towards then end but I made it

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Pauline N

    Thanks Mark for a fun event with lovely group of hikers. Happy Sunday all!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Edgar

    Thanks Mark! Fun hike and hikers. Refreshing pool! If a tree falls in the forest...run.

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Ramsey

    Thanks Mark...
    Great hike. Fun people.
    See you all out there!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Carrie

    Beautiful hike and great energy. Fun group! Thx for organizing, Mark!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Muku

    A few extra happening, but after all, everyone is safe and had a good day :o) Thank you, Mark!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Stella

    It was well organized, thank you Mark. I really enjoyed all the fun we had today.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Larry

    Mark organized a great hike. Never been in this area, and really liked it. Only wish it was closer, as I'm 72 mi. away.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    This is a complete all around hike from physical challenge, social interact, relaxing and enjoy nature provided entertainments. Thank you Mark for organizing this incredable hike.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Muku

    Becky. You are right. Just in case we should meet @ 6:30. Did u find PnR Via Verde okay?

    May 11, 2013

  • becky

    Hi Muku...I'm driving in from Rancho Cucamonga off the 210...would you like to carpool?

    May 10, 2013

    • becky

      that sounds fine...here is my cell [masked] I will leave my house around 6ish to get gas...I have a white subaru...also I will check e-mail before I leave to make sure we have connected...look forward to meeting you!

      May 11, 2013

    • becky

      Do you think meeting at 6:45 will give us enough time to get there..I've never been there so I'm not sure..

      May 11, 2013

  • Leonie

    Hi Mark,

    I see that the RSVP has been closed but it also shows that there's one spot available. Can I still join you guys on this event? Please let me know. Thank you!

    May 10, 2013

    • Leonie

      Thank you, Mark! I'm excited! :)
      Are you serious about the bathing suit thing, or you're just joking? It would be fun if we're actually going to swim in those lovely pools (with bathing suit or whatever clothes). ;)
      I assume our shoes might get wet during this hike. Would you recommend us to bring extra pair of shoes?
      I've been to several hikes but this is my first time to the Switzer Falls, so I have no idea how the trail is.

      May 10, 2013

    • Mark "Gadgets" E.

      Really serious

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • Leonie

    I'll be able to offer carpool from the "major carpool spot" (described above" but I don't have an Adventure Pass. Is there a place where we can get it around that area?

    May 10, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Hi mark,never hike before. Would this be lil too much for beginner ?

    May 10, 2013

  • Muku

    It's time for looking for carpool! I'm from Inland Empire area, close to 60x71 and 10x57 or anywhere on the way off 10 or 210. Anyone ???

    May 1, 2013

    • Muku

      No one goes from I.E. .....? okay.

      May 9, 2013

  • Joanna H

    Thank you SO much for adding me Mark! I just want to show my appreciation and vouch for Edgar :) Stella, Vincent, Edgar and I went to Mt. Wilson last weekend ~ Edgar is a much stronger hiker than me. Hopefully there is a spot for him.

    Thank you!

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Pauline N

    Hi Mark. If applicable, I would like to carpool with u too and will meet u at assigned destination and time in HB. thx!

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Pauline N

      Yay. Thank you!

      May 1, 2013

    • Pauline N

      My friends Mariana & Davis got in-Thank you, Mark! Regretfully, I will not be carpooling with you, Stella and Vincent since I will be going with them. I appreciate your generosity and will c u all at the hike! Thanks again.

      May 2, 2013

  • Sevan

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Orange county ? I am in Anaheim Hills area.

    May 1, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    If anyone wants to carpool from Huntington Beach let me know.

    April 30, 2013

    • Mark "Gadgets" E.

      Yes Vincent

      May 1, 2013

    • VINCENT V.

      Thank you Mark, I'll see you there.

      May 1, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    My carpool is full now with Stella, Vincent and Pauline

    May 1, 2013

  • Bob and A.

    Hi Mark! Thanks for posting this one! One day in the future, will you post this on a Sunday so Bob and I can go? I've wanted to do this one for some time!

    April 30, 2013

  • Mark "Gadgets" E.

    Sorry..no plus ones on this trip.

    April 30, 2013

    • Muku

      Mark, got it. Just asking :o) Can't wait to hike with you, has been long time :o)

      April 30, 2013

    • Pauline N

      No problem. My friend Mariana is on the waiting list. H opefully she will get to go too. Thx!

      April 30, 2013

  • Maritza M.

    I really would to attend this hike, please let me know as you as open spot is available. Best regards

    April 30, 2013

  • Muku

    Mark, can I do +1?

    April 30, 2013

  • Pauline N

    Can I have 2 guests since we will be carpooling. Thx

    April 30, 2013

  • Stella

    I'd would like to carpool.

    April 30, 2013

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