Oakwilde Trail Camp
ElevationAscent: 1,778' 542 m
Descent: -1,778' -542 m
High: 3,279' 1,000 m
Low: 1,815' 553 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A 10.2-mile round-trip run to Oakwilde Campground.”— John McKinney
Currently closed! Gabrielino Trail (NRT) between Bear Canyon Trail and Ken Burton Trail is currently closed as are all intermediate picnic areas and campgrounds.
The Angeles National Forest currently has Oakwilde Campground status listed as CLOSED.
Vehicles need an Adventure or Interagency Pass to park at the main trailhead.
From Switzer Picnic Area, head west on Gabrielino Trail (NRT) which takes you down into the gorge following Arroyo Seco and is shaded by oak, spruce, and alder trees. At about one mile, you'll reach the former Switzer Trail Camp which sits just above the falls. A nice trail below the camp ends at the top of the falls. Continue following Gabrielino Trail (NRT) on the west slope of the gorge and you'll get a nice view of Switzer Falls.
On a small rise is the junction with Bear Canyon Trail 1.4 miles in, turn right to stay on Gabrielino Trail (NRT). The trail leaves the main canyon of Arroyo Seco and drops into Long Canyon. It then drops down to the Arroyo Seco creek floor, following it all the way to Oakwilde Campground. There are five run-in campsites (non-reservable) at Oakwilde Campground.
After camping out, run back the way you came.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office