Past Meetup

Snail's Pace to Switzer Falls & Bear Canyon Water Holes + 4.3 Star Thai Lunch

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Switzer Falls Picnic Area

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, mostly Level 3/10

Distance: 6 miles

Elevation Gain: 600'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, mostly shaded (We will cross Arroyo Seco Creek numerous times and swim in it. )

Water: Minimum 2 liter (4 bottles)

Dog: Dog on leash

Toilette: At the trail head


What to bring: water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, and the usual stuff.

What to wear: swimsuits inside or outside. It's up to you.

Direction: Take Angeles Crest Highway (2) north from La Canada for 10 miles. Turn right at the junction of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest (N3) Highways, and you will see the Angeles National Forest Clear Creek Infomation Station on your right. A halft-mile past the station, you will see the Switzer Falls Picnic Area sign on the right. Drive down the access road to reach the parking.

Parking: Public parking, Adventure Pass required

Please use the parking lot next to the entrance by the Angeles Crest HWY. Lower parking lot next to the picnic area will likely be full.

Lunch: Min's Kitchen (, 1040 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, Tel: (818)[masked]. Menu link (


Trail Descriptions:

The Arroyo Seco Creek is a quiet and beautiful stream, lined with colonnades of alder, live oak and mountain lilac clinging to the narrow sides of the gorge, cascades over boulders of big gray granite. A hike through the upper Arroyo Seco will take us to the Switzer Falls.

After we rest our body and soul at the pool beneath the Fall, we will hike down the gorge to Bear Canyon, where we plan to visit 3 pools carved out of granite. In these pools, we will leave the world outside behind, enjoy ourselves or simply rest and soak in the beautiful surrounding.


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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

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