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“Lake Campground” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest
701 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 574-5200
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Arcadia
Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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“Lake Campground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed for three days at the Lake Campground near Wrightwood, CA. The site was absolutely lovely, shady, quiet with a little town nearby and lots of options for hiking.

Know going into your trip that there is a composting toilet but only a shared spigot for water. So you'll need to plan accordingly. Our site and I would guess many of the others were not super level. I noticed some people had brought a rake and that's advisable. We were duly warned about bears, with the ranger even pointing out the bear's paw print on the dumpster. We didn't have any issues but did end up seeing one bear, three deer and lots of hawks, squirrels, etc.

Great spot. I highly recommend.

Visited September 2013
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“Switzer Falls just beyond La Canada”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Overall easy hike, some moderate levels of hiking.
Great for all ages and nice views of nature and trees.
Just north on the 2, above city of La Canada. Make sure to get your adventure pass for $5.
Waterfall not too big in the summer, but still a large enough pool at first tier to wade around in.
Low key, lots of things to see and would definitely go back.

Visited June 2013
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St. Louis, MO
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“Beautiful Drive and We Got a Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

When we left Los Angeles it was sunny and dry, and we had an easy drive to the national forest. We enjoyed the Colorado-like roads and the fantastic views. We stopped at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar for a late lunch, and when we came out it was sleeting. We decided to head back to LA and the weather progressively got worse. At one point there was measurable snow on the roads. So heed the advice of the other reviewers and be careful when traveling here during the winter. It was a long, slow drive back to LA.

Visited January 2013
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Malibu, California
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“Very Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

If you are looking for a nice ride with lots of views, this is the place. Beware of traveling in the winter months as the roads may be snowed in. Don't be suprised if you find snow on top of some of the hills in the spring early summer months.

Visited May 2012
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Cerritos, California
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“Switzer Falls: Cool, cool water!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

If you don't mind hopping rocks, walking across logs, and ducking branches to get to the falls, then try Switzer! This hike should be on everyone's bucket list. Located above La Canada on the Angeles Crest Highway (don't forget Adventure Pass), it's an easy drive to the Switzer Truck Trail. Get to trailhead early for premium parking at the BOTTOM of the fire road. Otherwise, it's an UPHILL walk to your car after the hike in the overflow lot!

Restrooms and picnic table located near parking lot. Some tips: wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes; poles optional but useful on stream crossings; hat or visor for sunny days; dress in layers; watch for poison oak; bring water and snacks.

Think of this as an upside-down hike. First part is downhill so nice, shady with a number of stream crossings...use poles here for support. Next part is uphill with with some drop-offs and exposed. Last part drops down into a canyon where you'll find a beautiful pool with a waterfall. Once there, relax, take pictures, eat snacks, and enjoy the beauty! This is a popular hike so expect to share the view with fellow hikers. Depending on time at falls, roundtrip approximately 2.5-3 hours.

This was a perfect hike for late spring. Some years after heavy rain, water level can get high so stream crossings can turn into river crossings! Check conditions ahead and you won't be disappointed. Switzer Falls is a cool place to be!

Visited May 2012
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