Switzer Falls Trail

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701 Angeles Crest Hwy, Tujunga, CA 91042
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  • Daily: 24 Hours

Switzer Falls Trail is a popular hiking trail located in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles, California. This moderate, dog-friendly trail takes you through a picturesque canyon and along a stream via the Gabrielino trail, culminating in the awe-inspiring 30-foot Switzer Falls.

The 3.8-mile out-and-back trail also offers the chance to admire a lush forest and breathtaking mountain views within the Angeles National Forest. Access the trailhead by driving through the scenic Angeles Crest Highway, and begin the hike at the end of Switzer’s Picnic Area.

What to Expect

Dogs required on leash Lots of shade Has benches and tables Lots of parking available Restroom facilities on site No drinking water available Limited wheelchair access River, Waterfalls Steep inclines and declines, Dirt, Forest

Things to Know

  • There are no fees but an adventure pass or America the Beautiful pass is required.
  • There are many posters that indicate that bears are active in the area so be prepared and vigilant. Know what to do in the presence of a bear especially when you have a reactive dog.
  • There are sections of the trail that may not be obvious where to go next. Prepare an offline map of the trail as there is no cell service in the area.
  • Best to visit after getting some rain in the previous days.
  • You will have to cross the river about a dozen times so prepare to get your feet (or shoes) wet.
  • If you have a smaller dog, make sure to monitor them when crossing the river as currents may be strong in certain areas.
  • There are poison oaks in certain parts of the trail.
  • There are sections of the trail that are very narrow with a steep drop on one side.

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