This is a relatively easy hike into one of the most lovely sections of the San Gabriel Mountains. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream in 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. The hike is 4.5 miles in and out with a 600ft elevation gain, and most of that is in one short section. An Adventure pass is required for those who drive!
BRING: Poles, lunch, snacks, water
Meet at the Trail Head at 8:30.
Directions to Trail head: From I-210 in La Canada, take Highway 2 north and drive 10 miles to the Switzer Picnic area, which will be on the right. Descent to the parking area outside the campground. You will see a foot bridge over the stream, leading to the trail head. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked])
Directions from Palmdale: Take the Angeles Forest Hwy to the intersection with the Angeles Crest Hwy (2), turn left and you will see the road to the parking lot on the right side less than 1/2 mile after the intersection.
To carpool from Towsley, please meet at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure to the trail head.
Directions to Towsley meeting spot: From Valencia, take the I-5 South to the Calgrove exit. Exit. Turn right. Go through the signal and immediately turn right into the driveway for Towsley Canyon. Park OUTSIDE the gate. Look for the hiking club members here. You must organize your own transportation from here:
The leader will meet you at the trail head at 8:30.
See map below: