Distance: ~7 miles
Description: This is a moderate hike into one of the most lovely sections of the San Gabriel Mountains. The hike meanders back and forth across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with oaks and a lolt of alder, many of which have fallen across the river. In many places the water cascades over granite into mirror-like pools. There is plenty of boulder hoping but not much scrambling. The hike emerges from the trees and travels high above the 50 foot high Switzer falls with a view of where the Switzer resort stood before dropping back to the stream.
We will continue down Bear canyon a mile or so, taking in several pools and the beauty of the canyon. We will stop along the way for a snack before turning back. This time we go back up stream until we are standing at the base of the falls. We then backtrack to return up the hill from stream level and to the track above. We then follow the stream back the way we came to the parking lot.
BRING: Hiking poles, if you have them, an extra layer in case it gets hot/cold, lunch/snack, water (2 - 3L), hat and sunscreen. Wear long pants for this one. Bug spray / a bug net is recommended just in case.
Adventure Pass: Yes, for those who drive - they do ticket ($5)! Passes can be obtained at Sports Chalet in Stevenson Ranch or any BIG 5 Sporting Goods store; $5 for a day pass, $30 for a 1 year pass.
Dogs: OK, on leash and if well behaved around people / other dogs. If you bring a dog, you will need to drive yourself.
Meet your Leader: At 6:45AM outside Towsley Canyon gate in the street Parking lot for a 7:00AM SHARP Carpool departure. Alternatively, meet at the Trail Head for a 8:00AM departure down the trail.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX.
Directions to Towsley carpool 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 and leader there. Please be on time.
Directions to Switzer Trail head:
From the 210, take the exit toward the Angeles Crest Highway in La Canada Flintridge. Continue east on CA-2 for 9.8 miles. Pass the Clear Creek Ranger Station, then take a right on the Switzer Truck Trail. Descent to the parking lot below.