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Switzer Falls California

Submitted By: shell1fish on 9 Jun 2007

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 34.25611
Longitude: -118.15276

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From Interstate 210 in La Canada, CA, drive up the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) 10.5 miles to the side road down to Switzer Picnic Area, 0.5 miles past the junction of the Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest highways. Turn right and descend to the parking area outside the picnic area, 0.25 miles.

You will need to purchase and display a National Forest Adventure Pass for your car. This can be purchased by mail, phone, or locally. For more information, http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/pass-options.shtml

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The hike to Switzer Falls is about 3 miles round trip, although there are plenty of opportunities to extend your hike. This is a relatively easy hike into one of the loveliest sections of the San Gabriel mountains. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The hike travels high above the 50 foot high Switzer falls, then drops back to the stream, where hikers can double back to stand at the base of the falls.

After parking, cross the bridge and follow the trail to Commodore Switzer Trail Camp. Cross the stream and follow the trail as it climbs above the falls. About 0.25 miles past the camp is an unmarked junction; go left (southeast), descending into the gorge of the Arroyo Seco. When you reach the creek, turn upstream to reach Switzer Falls in 0.25 miles.

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