Aug 3, 2014 · 9:00 AM
From Interstate 210 in La Canada, take Highway 2 north and drive 10 miles to Switzer picnic area on the right. Descend to the parking area outside the campground. You will see a footbridge over the stream leading to the trail head. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) Where to meet: Trailhead. This is a relatively easy hike into one of the loveliest sections of the San Gabriel mountains.
The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with oaks and alder, with the water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools. 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. After seeing the falls, travel down stream to the intersection with Bear Canyon, and travel up this spectacularly wild, steep walled canyon for another half mile or so to enjoy its wonders. We are looking at a 5 mile round trip and approx[masked]' gain.
A Forest Adventure pass is required or you can chance it. You can buy the pass ($5) at the Ranger Station right before the entrance.