(Trekker Series 4) Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Water Holes

  • May 4, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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This event is to replace the Grotto Falls hike cancelled due to fire.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hike assistant: Christopher Hughes, Hex C.

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Location: Switzer Falls Picnic Area

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, mostly Level 3/10 

Distance: 6 miles

Elevation Gain: 600'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, mostly shaded (We will cross Arroyo Seco Creek numerous times and swim in it. )

Water: Minimum 2 liter (4 bottles)

Dog: Dog on leash

Toilette: At the trail head

Parking: Public parking, Adventure Pass required

Please use the parking lot next to the entrance by the Angeles Crest HWY. Lower parking lot next to the picnic area will likely be full.

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Direction: Take Angeles Crest Highway (2) north from La Canada for 10 miles. Turn right at the junction of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest (N3) Highways, and you will see the Angeles National Forest Clear Creek Infomation Station on your right. A halft-mile past the station, you will see the Switzer Falls Picnic Area sign on the right. Drive down the access road to reach the parking.

What to bring: water, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, hiking boots, and the usual stuff. 

This is intended to be a wet hike. That said, you can stay dry if you wish (but that would be so much less fun).

This is a social hike for fun-loving people.

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Trail Descriptions:

The Arroyo Seco Creek is a quiet and beautiful stream, lined with colonnades of alder, live oak and mountain lilac clinging to the narrow sides of the gorge, cascades over boulders of big gray granite. A hike through the upper Arroyo Seco will take us to the Switzer Falls.

After we rest our body and soul at the pool beneath the Fall, we will hike down the gorge to Bear Canyon, where we plan to visit 3 pools carved out of granite. In these pools, we will leave the world outside behind, enjoy ourselves or simply rest and soak in the beautiful surronding. 

Link to photos taken last time. http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/10864762/ 

 

 

 

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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  • Roxanne

    Hi Mike...Happy to hike under you lead. Can I be of assistance ?

    March 19, 2014

    • Mike C.

      If you already did, thank you. Please note that all new events will be posted under US Hiking. This is the link. http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · March 19, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone:

    I have scheduled a hike to Switzer Fall on Sunday, 4/6 to do some pool hopping. However, I have recently resigned from L.A. Hiking and formed US Hiking. Please join US Hiking so that you can sign up for this event. This is the link: http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/

    Let's get wet at Switzer Fall.

    March 17, 2014

  • Jay

    This hike looks awesome! Hope another is scheduled sOOn!

    June 2, 2013

  • Yolanda

    Great hike and great people!!! Thank you Mike.

    May 6, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    Great casual hike, it had all the nice elements to make a great hike, elevation, shaded trails, spectacular views, streams of clean water, waterfall! and knowledgeable leader and staffs, and great company.

    May 6, 2013

  • Joe R.

    As always, Awesome hike!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Mojdeh

    Great Hike!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all of you for assisting "the old couple" Ouch! We just don't think of ourselves that way, but our bones do today! Thanks again we had a great time and we made it back!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Sawsan

    Lovely hike with a fun friendly group and caring leaders. Thanks to Mike and all helpers

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Bumi A.

    It was a blast!

    May 4, 2013

  • Heather

    Awesome!

    May 4, 2013

  • Hex C.

    Awesome hike, destination, group and leading on Mike's part. Thanks for the great Saturday afternoon.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Jam

    Great hike. Great peeps. Gorgeous views. Fun! Fun!! Fun!!!

    Thanks for organizing Mike. Hex, Chris and Mando -- thanks for sweeping.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Mike C.

    It was a great day to hike Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon. The sky was blue, water was clear and plentiful. We had a very freindly and adventurous group of hikers. It was one of the most pleasant hikes in my memory. Let me thank Rimona for leading. You were such an expert, and Christopher for sweeping. You were most reliable. Let me also thank Hex for assisting. Without you, this hike would not be the same. Thank you all, and I look forward to hiking with you again soon.

    3 · May 4, 2013

  • Rimona

    Beautiful hike. Gorgeous day...Thank you Mike for asking me to lead the hike. I wish I could have done Bear Canyon as well, but couldn't. My friend is home resting.....a lot of prayers are gonna be needed.

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Adeyo

    Does anyone want to carpool from west LA/ culver city. or can someone tell me how to get an adventure pass?

    May 3, 2013

    • Bumi A.

      Interested in Carpool. I'm in Culver City

      May 4, 2013

    • Edward

      Stop at any ranger station driving up to the trail head. $30.00 for the year. They usually have a white sign sitting outside saying there available here.

      May 4, 2013

  • Sunny

    Beautiful hike, nice climbs with refreshing natural pools to cool down in. There was a bear sighting.
    We also saw a rattlesnake curled up two feet off the trail and a fat frog floating in the stream.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Edward

    It was great to get back on the trail!!!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again Mike! I had another amazing hike and made some new friends! Thank you for the opportunity to be sweep. :-)

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Eric L.

    awesome stuff. thx mike!

    May 4, 2013

  • Rachael

    Had a great time! Thanks Mike!

    May 4, 2013

  • Kendis H.

    A wonderful hike to Switzer Falls this morning. Thanks, Mike, for another excellent time!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Mando

    Outstanding!

    May 4, 2013

  • babybelle

    carpoolingW/Hex&FredaVia'BoyleHeights'.

    May 4, 2013

  • Lynda

    Just woke up not feeling too good. Drats! It sounds amazing@!! Will definitely make it next time.

    May 4, 2013

  • David C.

    Im super bummed. So disappointed I cant make it anymore. Something came up. If it was at 11 I could probably make it. Have fun everyone. Sounds amazing!

    May 4, 2013

  • Caroline

    Sorry! Can't make it this time! But please do this hike again! It's a beautiful hike!

    May 4, 2013

  • Jeannine

    I hate to cancel but something came up. I hope you do this hike again; looks really fun

    May 4, 2013

  • Eva X.

    anywhere specific that the group is meeting up att?

    May 3, 2013

    • Mike C.

      At the parking lot next to the entrace.

      May 4, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Wow Mike, you are amazing! Hike the Grotto at 9am then Switzer at 10am. You're fast! :)

    May 2, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Love Switzer Falls! Will join you next time! Have fun!

      May 4, 2013

    • Mike C.

      I am thinking about bringing half a loaf of French baguette and some extra virgin olive oil to share with friends. That is what life should be?

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Mike C.

    If you need a last minute day use Adventure Pass, please visit Clear Creek Ranger Station. t is located 1 mile before the parking lot on the right hand side at the intersection of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest Hwy. Day pass costs $ 5 dollars.

    May 3, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone, I just corrected an error on the direction map to the Switzer Falls Picnic Area. If you printed a directional map using the map feature of this event page before Friday, 9 pm, please do it again. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like bad fires in Glendale, is this hike still on?

    May 3, 2013

    • Caroline

      That would be my question too

      May 3, 2013

    • Mike C.

      This hike is on. There is quite a bit of distance between the Glendale fire and Switzer Falls.

      May 3, 2013

  • Lynda

    Does anyone want to carpool from Eagle Rock? I'm not familiar with Switzer Falls or getting an Adventure Pass. But I'm lots of fun! :)

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Rimona

      Linda I'm in Glendale. I will leave at 9 am. I don't mind carpooling, but I won't stick around too much. My best friend just had brain surgery and I'm supposed to pick her up when she's released Saturday at 3pm. So, I need to be home no later than 1:30. My number is[masked]

      May 3, 2013

  • Sunny

    Hello everyone. Would anyone like to carpool? I'm in the Silver Lake area.

    May 3, 2013

    • Caroline

      Freda, I live in Glendale, if that works?

      May 3, 2013

  • Cindy F.

    Can you do this one later in May or June??? I really want to go! I can't tomorrow thought..

    May 3, 2013

  • Hex C.

    This is evil of you! Enticing everyone with a wet hike on a hot weekend. I had signed up for a griffith park hike but this is too great of an adventure to pass up. Can I bring along an experienced hiking buddy?

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Eric L.

    Is it safe to bring a DSLR/DSLT camera?

    May 3, 2013

  • Tim

    Sorry Mike, Already made Ky.Derby plans. Hope you do this again in the Summer.

    May 3, 2013

    • Mike C.

      I am going to miss out a close race between Orb and Verrazano.

      May 3, 2013

  • Caroline

    I guess I'll do my best to be there!

    May 3, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Just to give you a heads up, I plan to swim in the pools. All of you are welcome to join in. This is a link to photos taken last time we were there. http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/10864762/

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    this sounds great, so meet at 10AM near the picnic area.
    now, you mentioned:

    "What to bring: water, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, hiking boots, and the usual stuff"

    "After the hike, we will gather around the Switzer Falls picnic area to share food and drink and BBQ."

    So, bring your own food/drink and leave it in the car for lunch at picnic later?

    May 3, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Sorry, no BBQ this time.

      May 3, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    me and my wife would like to join this hike. see you all tomorrow!!!

    May 3, 2013

  • Caroline

    This is one of my favorite hikes.... too bad I'll be missing it! Next time hopefully!

    May 3, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I hope we get enough people sign up for this one. It's always a challenge to generate enough interest whenever there is a significant last-minute change.

    May 3, 2013

  • Brian of the Swan C.

    Aw, if only it weren't THIS Saturday! I definitely want to go next time!

    May 3, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Boy oh Boy would I love to attend this hike. Moving day. Wont be able to make it out to any hikes this weekend. Next time.

    May 3, 2013

  • Susan

    Is there anyone coming from Santa Monica that I can catch a ride with?

    May 3, 2013

  • Tommy K.

    I am new to this group, and this sounds like a nice hike. But unfortunately, I can not make it on this day. Is there a similar trail for next time?

    May 3, 2013

  • Donna W

    Is the date right??? I know you're good, Mike but I don't think you can be 2 places at 1 time!! Do you have a twin??

    May 2, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Donna, The Grotto Falls hike is replaced by this one to avoid the fire.

      May 3, 2013

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