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Switzer Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Switzer Picnic Area is a heavily utilized section of the Angeles National Forest, and the Gabrielino Trail to Switzer Falls gets a large amount of traffic, especially on weekends and holidays. There is good reason for its popularity, as this slice of the front range contains some of the loveliest and most idyllic scenery in the Angeles range, complete with a relatively easy yet arresting hike leading to a 50-foot waterfall. Be certain to arrive early to enjoy the most solitude (and the best chance of finding a parking spot)."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
Great day trip that is a nice drive out of LA and mostly shaded until you meet the cliff portion overlooking the canyon below (and beyond). The early part of the trail is almost flat and follows the creek until you make your way up and around the actual falls. You will eventually come back down along a relatively steep trail that will follow the lower part of the creek and finally to the falls. You can scramble your way up along the edges of the canyon to pools above the falls and in the summertime I would imagine that it would be crowded. Our rainy, Sunday in March kept the masses away and made this more enjoyable. Turn around and head back the way you came in but not before a side trip down bear canyon for more solitude and some more pools. The steep section of the trail that brings you back up will give you a (Very short) workout until you reach the flat and sheer cliffs up above. Perfect Sunday trip.
On a foggy day with few people this spot was more beautiful then I expected. It vaguely reminded me of a foggy day on the Big Sur River.
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