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Hike, Bear Canyon

Switzer Falls to Bear Canyon Campsite



Vitals 

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1000'

Difficulty: Beginner 

Time: 3-4 hours

Meet @ Parking Lot by 8:45 am 

(Hike to start at 9:10 am)

followed by . . . 

Lunch at Black Cow Cafe

and . . . homemade gelato at Paradis ^___^



Description 

Join us for a brisk hike through the lovely San Gabriel Mountains. The Bear Canyon Trail meanders over a narrow enclave of stream crossings.  The streams are flanked by oaks and alders with flowing water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools.  

Our hike includes a stunning view of the 50-foot Switzer Falls, perhaps the best known waterfall in Los Angeles County.  From Switzer Falls we'll continue our journey to Bear Campsite, where we will rest and refit before heading back.


        

What to Bring

• 1 Liter Water

• Good Traction Hiking Shoes

• Hiking Poles

• Hat, Sunblock, Sunglasses

• Snacks

• Fun Personality



Meeting Location & Carpooling

Our journey starts at the Switzer Picnic Area.  The parking lot is easily accessible but can fill up on a busy weekend.  Luckily, overflow parking is available along the Angeles Crest Highway.  Parking does require an Adventure Pass, which you can buy at REI or Big 5 for $5

Coming from the San Gabriel Valley and beyond?  The Event Hosts have arranged a carpool from REI in Arcadia at 8:00 am (address: 214 North Santa Anita Avenue).  It's safe, reliable, and saves you the hassle of parking or buying an Adventure Pass.  Let us know in the comments section if you plan to carpool.  Please be prompt.     


One Last Thing

Haven't hiked lately?  No problem.  We chose Bear Canyon as a place for new hikers to get their feet wet -- though hopefully not too wet.  The scenery is breath-taking and a perfect segue to greater hikes to come.  As a gelato connoisseur, Paradis is worth the trip alone!


We'll see you there!  =) 

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  • Moses L.

    Thank You! You braved the elements and found shelter in the cold. Hiking in the rain is like nothing else. Loved it. You guys were amazing. Pictures are up. Looking forward to more hikes and of course, gelato :D

    3 · December 8, 2013

    • LA

      Thank you for leading us through this amazing trail, Moses. It was as beautiful as it was Cold...haha, totally worth it:)

      December 9, 2013

    • Lisa

      I can now cross "hike in the rain" off my bucket list. :)

      1 · December 10, 2013

  • LA

    Please wear multiple warm layers plus bring a raincoat/umbrella. See everyone at REI or trailhead rain or shine.

    2 · December 7, 2013

    • George T.

      You guys are so brave and adventurous.

      December 8, 2013

    • Terence

      Yes you guys deserve applause for being bold. It was pouring rain here @8AM-11AM then it was clear all day.

      1 · December 8, 2013

  • Jimmy H.

    Sorry to drop last minute. Stomach not feeling well.

    December 7, 2013

  • Moses L.

    We are at REI

    December 7, 2013

  • Maggie

    Sry. I have drop at the last min. Hope u have a good time.

    December 7, 2013

  • Maggie

    Sry. I have drop at the last min. Hope u have a good time.

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll see you all tmw at REI

    2 · December 7, 2013

    • Joo Hong K.

      I'll expect to see you today.

      December 7, 2013

  • Joo Hong K.

    Lia and Moses: If it rain hard tomorrow morning, can you update the event before 8 am. I'll be there, unless it is pouring rain.

    December 6, 2013

    • Moses L.

      From the reports the rain will be light

      1 · December 7, 2013

    • Joo Hong K.

      Fair enough, I'll be there.

      December 7, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Cant risk getting injured hiking in rain :( next time

    December 6, 2013

    • Moses L.

      Until next time then :)

      December 7, 2013

  • Yuet Y.

    Good morning, is this hike still going it is not raining now bit there is a 70% chance if rain by 9:00am. Please let me know thanks!

    December 7, 2013

    • Moses L.

      The hike is on

      December 7, 2013

    • Yuet Y.

      Ok thanks I'll bring an umbrella! :)

      December 7, 2013

  • Terence

    I don't have proper gear to hike in rain so as much as I want to go and got an adventure pass yesterday, I better not, so minus 1 for headcount. Thanks and have fun for those who brave it.

    December 7, 2013

    • Moses L.

      Understood. Stay safe!

      December 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    If it is pouring rain tomorrow morning when I wake up, I don't think I'll end up going.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Terence

    Is parking free once you have your adventure pass?

    December 6, 2013

  • Yuet Y.

    I would like to carpool!

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Friends. Is there anyone going from around the Irvine area. I need a ride. Thanks

    December 6, 2013

  • kevin

    sorry can not make it that the road might be closed through grapevine (snow )

    December 6, 2013

  • Josephine

    Sorry, can't make it. Not feeling well. Will join next time :)

    December 6, 2013

  • Feli

    So sorry I cancel. I dont want to get sick hiking in the rain.

    December 5, 2013

  • Bay

    Aww,another awesome event o have to miss . Doing Spartan race wish me to come back alive

    December 5, 2013

  • kevin

    are we still going to hike ( the weather forecast for Saturday will be rain ) ? .

    December 5, 2013

    • Dewey

      Last night they say it will rain in the pm, which means we should be ok. Let see what the weather man say tonight.

      December 5, 2013

    • Moses L.

      We will experience some light rain (less than a inch). As long as you come prepared, hiking in the rain is quite enjoyable.

      December 5, 2013

  • Maggie

    I will bring 2 friends and would like to carpool at REI. See you all on Saturday.

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • John

    I'd like to carpool.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • LA

    If anyone is interested in purchasing an annual adventure pass for $14 (expires Oct 31, 2014), please msg me! I was too adventure-pass-buying-happy :P Or, you may buy a daily pass ($5) or 2 annual passes for $35 at any sports store/REI. See everyone soon!

    December 2, 2013

  • kevin

    May I carpool and i would pay for gas.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    I'd like to carpool.

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Lena

    Out of town :( Have fun

    November 13, 2013

  • Maggie

    I wanna carpool! Haven't hiked lately. See you soon!

    1 · November 13, 2013

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