Switzer Falls

Hiking in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

This easy 4-mile round trip leaves from the Switzer Picnic Area (signposted 10.5 miles from La Cañada on Hwy 2). Follow the trail down the canyon, boulder hopping along the way.

When you reach Switzer Trail Camp follow the trail as it climbs out of the canyon (do not follow the stream below the camp – there’s a steep vertical and rocky drop), and make a left at the unmarked junction with the Arroyo Seco Trail (if you go right, you’ll be hiking to the Rose Bowl), dropping back into the gorge. When you reach the creek, follow it back upstream for a quarter mile to reach the falls.