Bear Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open

Campground is located 5 miles from Switzer's Pincic Area. Requires a 5-mile hike in (one-way) to the campground. Intermittent streams is present. Equestrian and mountain bike use not recommended. 

Amenities: 3 hike-in campsites each with a designated picnic table. No toilets. No trash receptacles. Pack In-Pack Out. There is no piped water available. Seasonal stream water (treat before using). However, water flow may be low or non-existent due to reduced rainfall. (Please bring enough water for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and extinguishing campfires.) 

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites are first-come, first-served. Reserving or holding of sites not allowed.
Fees: Adventure Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Fire Restrictions are in effect. All backpack stoves and portable gas stoves must be put completely out before you leave the area.
Water: Seasonal Stream
Restroom: NONE
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the LA Gateway District Office at: (818) 899-1900  for current conditions and additional information.

General Information


From Interstate 210 in La Cañada Flintridge, exit at Angeles Crest Highway (CA-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 Campground begins at the east end of the parking lot across a wooden footbridge.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 3 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


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