Bear Canyon Trail Camp (Hike-in Campground)

Area Status: Open

General Camping Info: Find helpful guidance and tips for an enjoyable trip to the forest!

Know Fire & Other Restrictions Before You Go!: These conditions can affect your entire trip. For example, Extreme and Critical fire use restrictions mean no campfires and no portable cooking systems/stoves. Bring cold food and no S'mores. 

Be Bear Aware!: Bear safety is critical, for the safety of your group and/or you, as well as our bears. Help keep bears wild by following these tips. 

Overview of Site: 

Campground is located 5 miles from Switzer's Picnic Area. Requires a 5-mile hike (one-way) in to the campground. 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/drought. (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: The Adventure Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required for vehicles parked in the forest at standard amenity recreation fee sites.

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Information & Pass Sales
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: See current fire restrictions. 
Water: Seasonal Stream
Restroom: NONE
Passes: Information & Pass Sales
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the LA Gateway District Office at: (818) 899-1900 for current conditions and additional information. For more office info, visit Information & Pass Sales.

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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

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


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