Bear Canyon Trail Camp is a primitive hike-in Forest Service campground in the scenic mountains north of Los Angeles. The tree covered campground is set in Bear Canyon, with access to swimming holes in the creek that runs through the bottom of the canyon. Access to the campground is via 4.5 mile hike from Switzer’s Picnic Area along CA Route 2. Parking is available at Switzer’s Picnic Area, but it can fill up pretty quickly on weekends as the area is a very popular hiking area. As a side trip Switzers Falls is just a short hike a way.

The area around Bear Canyon was was heavily burned in the Station Fire of 2009. Most of the hiking trails are open, but many of the trees around the campground have been burned to the ground. However, the area is coming back with grasses and wildflowers filling in.

There are 3 primitive campsites at Bear Canyon Trail Camp. All of the campsites include a picnic table and fire ring. There is no drinking water, bathrooms, or trash facilities at the campground. You must pack all trash out. A seasonal stream is located at the campground for drinking water, but it is not reliable during dry seasons, and water from the stream must be treated or filtered before drinking. Reservations are not accepted, all campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis.

Bear Canyon Trail Camp Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 3 Campsites
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not RV Accessible
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.250672, -118.148633
Nearest City/Town: La Canada Flintridge, California
Elevation: 3400 Feet
Location: Los Angeles County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: Store located 15 miles away in La Canada Flintridge
Directions: From Interstate 210 in La Canada, exit at Angeles Crest Highway (HWY 2) and drive northeast for approximately 10 miles to the Switzers Picnic Area. Take a right into the Switzers Picnic Area and follow the narrow paved road about 1/2 mile down to the lower parking lot. The trail to Bear Canyon Trail Camp begins at the east end of the parking lot across a wooden footbridge. Hike for 4.5 miles to Bear Canyon Trail Camp.



(626) 574-1613

Web: Bear Canyon Trail Camp – Angeles National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/first-served

When To Go

Spring & Early Summer – The best time to go to Bear Canyon Trail Camp is in the Spring & Early Summer. The weather will not be too cold or too hot during these times.

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What To Do

Hiking – There are many hiking trails throughout the area, with a great trail leading to Switzer’s Falls nearby.

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