Friday Photo – June 16, 2017

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings”
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Today’s Friday Photo features Arroyo Seco Creek, and was taken on the trail leading to Switzer Falls which is located in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest. This was my first time hiking this trail. It was also one of the first few dates with my girlfriend who still accompanies me on many of these little adventures.

This is a moderate out and back 4 mile hike with about 700 feet of elevation gain. This is also one of the most popular waterfall hikes in Southern California, so it can get a little busy depending on the time, and season. The trailhead is at Switzer Picnic Area, about 10 miles up from La Canada on the Angeles Crest Highway. The historic Gabrielino Trail is part of this hike and it will take you through portions of the historic Arroyo Seco, and Bear Canyon as well. Also note that there is a considerable amount of elevation loss heading to the falls, which will become elevation gain on the return trip.

Highlights:
Part of the historic Gabrielino Trail
Trail runs along Arroyo Seco Creek, and through the historic Arroyo Seco.
Some boulder hopping and scrambling.
Large picnic area at the trailhead with ample parking.
Possible sightings of coyote, bobcat, gray fox, and black bear.
50 foot waterfall, cascading into a large pool that you can swim in. A bit of a challenge to get to the base of the upper falls.
Wild blackberries grow here in the summertime.

~ Photo taken January 26, 2013 4:26 PM

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