Past Meetup

Switzer Falls [in the upper Arroyo Seco] and Bear Canyon (Angeles Nat’l Forest)

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DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate-to-strenuous 8 miles RT with 1,000’ of elevation gain/loss.

Our hike will begin at the lower Switzer Picnic Area parking lot and will follow a shady trail for a mile or so before emerging into the sunlight and rising to skirt a narrow gorge. The trail then drops into the Arroyo Seco a short distance downstream from Switzer Falls. We’ll follow the trail downstream to the Bear Canyon junction and then hike upstream in Bear Canyon as far as the Bear Canyon Trail Camp (if conditions permit).

PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.

NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).


Take Hwy 118 to the Stearns Street exit in Simi Valley.

If you’re approaching FROM THE WEST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive north under Hwy 118, make a U-turn at the first opportunity, drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.

If you’re approaching FROM THE EAST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.

Park and wait for the hiking leader(s) who will distribute specific driving directions.

DIRECTIONS TO THE SWITZER [Falls] PICNIC AREA PARKING LOT (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the lower parking lot (see below) by 9:00 a.m.

Head east on Hwy 118 [NOTE: Turn right (south) out of the parking lot and make an immediate right turn onto the Hwy 118 on-ramp].

Drive 17.4 miles east on Hwy 118 to the junction with Interstate 210.

Head east (toward Pasadena) on Interstate 210; drive 14.1 miles to Exit #20 for the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) heading north. NOTE: Be sure not to take Exit #19 for Hwy 2 (the Glendale Freeway) heading south toward Los Angeles.

Take Interstate 210 Exit #20 and head north (into the San Gabriel Mountains) on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2).

Drive 9.8 miles on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) to the gated entrance (on your right) to the Switzer [Falls] Picnic Area Parking Lot.

NOTE: The gated picnic-area-parking-lot entrance is located 0.4 mile east of the Angeles Crest Highway’s junction with Angeles Forest Highway (the U.S. Forest Service’s Clear Creek Visitor Information Center is located on your right at the junction).

The main parking lot is 0.6 mile downhill on the paved access road, but it will be necessary to park part-way up the access road [and walk down to the main parking lot] if the main parking lot is full.

NOTE: You are required to display a U.S. Forest Service “Adventure Pass” OR a “Senior Pass” [or the older “Golden Age Passport” which was replaced by the “Senior Pass”] so that it is visible through the vehicle’s windshield.

Park and wait for the hiking leader(s).


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