Eaton Saddle through Bear Canyon to Lower Switzer
A hike of the Valencia Hiking Crew covering 10 miles, gaining 1,200 feet, taking 6 hours to complete. We met at the Lower Switzer parking lot and left half our cars there, then drove to Eaton Saddle to begin the hike at 9:00AM. Eaton Saddle is at 5,110 feet elevation. From there we hiked 1-2 miles to the summit of Mt. Lowe (elev. 5,603 ft.), then down Mt. Lowe's west ridge to Tom Sloan Saddle, then on down into Bear Canyon. Making our way down though Bear Canyon was pretty much a cross-country trek, with a clear trail showing for less than half the distance to where the Bear Canyon Creek joins with the Arroyo Seco, the lowest point in the hike at about 2,600 ft. elevation. From there we ascended along the Arroyo Seco to visit 50-foot Switzer Falls, then hiked up the spectacular trail, gaining another 700 feet to the Lower Switzer parking lot where we left half our cars in the morning. Though cloudy all day, the rain began only as we reached our cars at Swtizer -- good timing!
Feb 11, 2012