Los Angeles, CA
Pathfinder | 120 pts
I am actually reviewing a trip that's not on Trails.com. It's Bear Canyon Camp via Switzer Falls trail. The trail up until the falls is exactly as the description states. In and of itself it is a nice day hike. But the really beauty of this hike is making it an over nighter a few more miles in. Bear Canyon Camp is a great sight along side the creek. It is a bit civilizied as it still has the park benches from years ago and each site has a fire ring and an oven/stove. The trail to the falls always has some traffic with the weekends being fairly annoying, but get beyond the falls and traffic drops off abrubtly. Boy Scouts are a Saturday night possibility. We camped on a Sunday and were by ourselves. I did this with my 10 year old son and the 2 year old lab. It's approximately 8 miles round trip and is strenuous enough to feel like you hiked, but moderate enough for beginning backpackers. This area is very dog friendly. Although leash is required, we found it too dangerous to backpack with a leashed lab and let him off across water ways where there is substantial rock hopping and along the high, narrow ledges with steep drop offs where a stong tug on the leash could have sent us toppling to an early retirement from this world :-) The few hikers we encountered didn't seem to mind and were mostly amused by a lab with his own backpack.