- 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
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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Trails are too narrow in some areas. Be very careful. Otherwise, the waterfall at the end is spectacular.
Moderate hike but can get steep in some areas. Trails are a little confusing in some areas so make sure to prepare your map or use an app to follow a trail.
Very magical place! It’s our first-time hiking here and we love it. My dog really enjoyed making the multiple river crossings. Love the drive all the way to the trail as well. Bring waterproof shoes or at least prepare to get your feet wet. We will come back again after the rains.