Past Meetup

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

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Switzer Falls Trail

6096 Angeles Crest Highway · La Canada Flintridge, CA

How to find us

Meet at Switzer Picnic Area Trailhead

Location image of event venue


Let's hike to the popular Switzer Falls, then onto the more remote Bear Canyon Campground. Some may consider taking a dip in the swimming holes we'll pass along the way.

I'll be a newb to this hike, so tips/suggestions about the trail and what to prepare for are welcome. From my research, I would warn people that 1) parking may be challenging because of the area's popularity (carpool), 2) flies may be a nuisance (bug spray, unscented products), and 3) the trail gets rugged after Switzer Falls. I strongly suggest that everyone who joins be well informed and conditioned for this hike.

As with all hikes/events, please observe the group rules and guidelines, which are located in the main menu under "Pages".


– 7 miles total (out & back)

– 4 hours (depending on length of rests)

– moderate, but a few difficult spots after Switzer Falls

– well maintained (and potentially crowded) trail to Switzer Falls; then rocky trail, stream crossings, fallen logs, and boulder hopping to Bear Canyon Campground

– partially shaded

– Adventure Pass ( required for parking at Switzer's Picnic Area