Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little Bear Canyon Trail

I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS TRAIL OTHER THAN THE INFO BELOW THAT I GOT FROM A SURVEYOR AT THE TRAILHEAD OF SWITZER FALLS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JESSIESTRAILS@HOTMAIL.COM

Date/ Time:
September 12,2011
10:00am - 4:00pm

Location:
Coming from LA we took a different rout than Google tells you because there was a really bad traffic jam the morning of our hike and had to go around it; this is the way we went. The second return to this trail we took the same way even though there was no traffic jam because it proved to be much faster. Take the 405 North toward San Diego Fwy for 5 miles till you reach the CA-118 East. Continue on the 118 for 4 miles and merge onto the I-210 East toward Pasadena for 14.1 miles. Take the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy exit toward La Canada Flintridge 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Hwy (at the light)

If you still need to buy your adventure pass now is the time to do it. Turn right at the light instead of left and make the next left into the Shell Station you can buy them here or next door at the Sports Authority for $5.

After making a left at the light once you got off the freeway continue to follow the Ca-2/ Angeles Crest hwy up into the San Gabriel Mountains for 9.8 miles. You will see a small parking area with marked parking spaces to your right. Be careful if you choose to park at the top there have been tons of break ins and there's plenty of evidence of that all over the ground. Even parking in numbers wont save your window from being bashed in so keep an eye out for anyone looking suspicious before leaving your car. There are two more parking areas if you follow the small paved road past the gate down into the canyon. I sagest parking at the third parking area way down at the bottom. Its shady there and it further for the people who break into cars to travel BUT still not safe to leave your car. An Adventure pass is needed to park you can buy them online or at a store near you.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset
Difficulty:
Moderate
Why?
This area was heavily burned during the 2007 station fire so there are a lot of fallen trees across the trail and on many occasions lost the trial completely having to follow foot prints past hikers had left. 

Seasons:
All year but be sure to wear sun screen and have a hat for protection from the sun. This trail was burned so there is no shade from the trees.

Cell Service:
T-mobile - No service at the parking area and no service along the trail.

Trails:
Little Bear Canyon Trail- Unknown

 Trail Condition:
The trail starts off well marked with small plaques along the trail that once told you information about the surrounding area. It however becomes very hard to follow and like I have said before we ended up having to follow foot prints left in the dirt by past hikers.

Trail Directions:
when you are walking or driving down the small road to the bottom parking lot you will pass two sets of stairs and just beyond that a small foot bridge. Cross that foot bridge and straight ahead on your left side there are signs warning you about the fire damage along the trail. Please be careful this is a rough trail to follow. We followed the trail; losing it a few times and having to follow foot prints in the dirt from past hikers until it dead ended at one of the many man made dams you will pass along this trail.
Other Activities: 
Hiking
Mountain Bike

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Jessie's Thoughts:
This trail was a happy accident; we meant to hike Switzer Falls trail and found this one.

I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS TRAIL OTHER THAN THE INFO ABOVE THAT I GOT FROM A SURVEYOR AT THE TRAILHEAD OF SWITZER FALLS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JESSIESTRAILS@HOTMAIL.COM

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2 comments:

Isn't this trail part of the Gabrielino Trail which is parallel to Highway 2 going to Red Box? Or did you go down toward Bear Canyon Trail?

Nice site.

We started at the switzer parking lot (bear canyon) and the trail goes parallel to the highway and looks like it might eventually head up to meet the highway but we hit a dead end. There is no sign at the beginning and searching online was no help, but I did run into a surveyor at Switzer falls and he said it was called little bear canyon trail. I will look into Gabrielino Trail and update my information as needed. Thank you for the much needed information!

-Jessie

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