The Angeles National Forest has a rich history and Switzer Falls offers, not only impressive views and a waterfall, but also historical ruins dating back to 1896. Once referred to as Switzer Camp, then Camp Losa-Dena, and finally Switzer Land, this breathtaking hike was home to a towering chapel perched along the mountain ridge. The chapel was made from sturdy canyon arroyo rock and the structure was large enough to hold up to 200 people at one time. Unfortunately, the chapel no longer remains, but today, hikers can descend to the base of Bear Canyon while passing along some ruins before ending at a 50-foot waterfall.
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- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park during this hike. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- PARKING: There are three parking lots to choose from: (1) at the top immediately after pulling off the CA-2, (2) half way down to the picnic area, along the single lane road, and (3) at the base of the picnic area directly at the trailhead. Usually the second and third parking areas fill up early in the day, but it wouldn't hurt checking before parking at the top since it'll be an uphill trek after your hike.
- Start your hike at the Switzer Picnic Area at the west side of the parking lot. There will be a foot bridge that crosses over the small stream, Seco Arroyo.
- Cross the foot bridge following the shaded trail for the next 1.2-miles. You'll reach Comodore Camp where old camp stoves are scattered across the area. Luckily, this portion of the trail to Switzer Falls is all shaded by trees.
- A few hundred feet later you'll reach a split with the Gabrieleno Trail heading uphill, you'll want to follow the trail that descends into Bear Canyon. For the next mile there will be little shade and full sun exposure will be present.
- Once you reach the bottom of Bear Canyon, follow the sign with "falls" leading you north east, up stream to Switzer Falls.
- The waterfall will be a few hundred yards up. When you reach the waterfall, relax and take in the view before heading back the way you came.
- NOTE: you have the ability to scramble above the waterfall, but use extreme caution if you're wanting to explore the upper waterfall area.