The first question I had to ask was how kid friendly was it? I knew my kids liked hiking but 4.4 miles, round trip sounded a bit much. I was assured that if the kids were up to the full distance, fine and if not, we could stop at the top of the falls.
My first impression of the drive to the parking lot was that it was only 1- 1/2 hours from Long Beach. Since it is Angeles National Forest, you can be assured that the road is windy through the mountains. BEWARE OF CAR SICKNESS!
If your kids get motion sickness at all, give them medicine or have them wear the bracelets. My son on occasion gets car sickness and he got a bit queasy.
The Switzer Falls parking lot/road is well visible and you drive down to the day campsites. Be aware, Adventure Passes are required which you can pickup at any Sport Chalet or other sporting goods store. The lower lot fills up on the weekends and often you have to park in the upper spots. If this is the case, drop the kids/cooler/adult off at the lower lot and walk down.
After checking out backpacks for the essentials:
- Water- we brought hydro-packs
- Plenty of snacks
- First Aid kits
- Whistles(in case we got separated)
- Walking sticks
- Toilet paper(there are bathrooms but some were out of paper)
- Anti-bacterial soap
- OPTIONAL- sandals. My kids wanted to stick their feet in the water and it was hard with shoes and socks.
We were on our way.