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
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