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Organizer: Mike Cheng
Hike assistant: Jim, Lynda and Mike S.
Safety detail: Steve V
Potluck & BBQ coordinator: Sondra and LaNisha
Location: Switzer Falls Picnic Area
Hike Difficulty: Moderate, mostly Level 3/10
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 600'
Time: 4 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
Parking: Public parking, Adventure Pass required
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.
What to bring: water, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, hiking boots, drinks, food to share, food to cook, and the usual stuff.
Potluck afterward: At the Switzer Falls picnic area. You could leave the food for potluck in your car to be retrieved at the end of the hike.
This is the second in a series of 3 hikes that takes us to beautiful water spots around Los Angeles.
This is intended to be a wet hike. That said, you can stay dry if you wish (but that would be so much less fun).
This is a social hike for fun-loving people.
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 surronding.
After the hike, we will gather around the Switzer Falls picnic area to share food and drink and BBQ.
Release of Liability:
The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
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