Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon is named for former State Senator Ed Davis, who championed the preservation of Towsley Canyon. The park offers visitors a peaceful haven just west of the I-5 between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys. Trails for walking, hiking, and mountain biking lead visitors through an astonishing variety of habitat types. Notable park features include Towsley Creek, and spectacular water-worn rock formations in Towsley Gorge, as wells as scenic trail viewpoints and oak woodland. Towsley Lodge is a beautiful Spanish-style ranch house that sits atop a large green knoll surrounded by cottonwoods. The lodge is available for private day or overnight group rental. It provides a wonderful staging area for all types of events from corporate meetings to weddings to overnight slumber parties. There are two large living rooms with comfortable furnishings and wood-burning fireplaces, and a fully equipped kitchen. Upstairs, three bedrooms provide overnight accommodations for up to 18 guests. A large backyard area includes an outdoor patio with a fire pit and an azure swimming pool.

Overall a pretty nice hike. I went to the right uphill first. Some things to note:
-coming down is about 1.5 miles of pretty steep downhill. People with bad knees can relate.
-Parts of the trial are pretty narrow. Cliff on one side.
-Parts are on a slant so you're not walking/running on level ground.
Great views and some nice wooded areas with a little stream of water. Parking lots were really full but didn't encounter too many ppl on the trail.

This is a nice trail. love the bubbling crude oil right out of the ground. clockwise is the hardest for sure. only down side is this place has lots of visitors and at the start of the trail lots of dog crap on the trail.

The description of this hike doesn't tell the whole story. I clocked the mileage to the bench at 1.4 miles. it is a steady ascent up to this point. 25-30 minutes to get to the bench going at a steady pace. The view from the bench is well worth the effort. you can see down into the Sunshine Canyon Landfill looking east, and beyond to the San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Mountains. Looking South, you see the crest of the range, and the many radio towers that dot the summits. To the West you get a good view of the many deep canyons, and the Towsley Canyon area. To the North you get an unobstructed view of the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

You can extend this hike, as I did by continuing to follow the dirt road along the ridge top that winds around in an arc until you reach a fenced off area that is on private property. There is a marked trail at the fence that will take you to Mission Point, and down to the Trailhead at O Melvany park. 3.35 miles to this point.

This is also a great trail if you are a Mountain Biker. The road is in good shape, and has kind of a roller coaster feel.

Great day to hike this trail. Cool, and cloudy. Just rained the day before. I hiked the trail clockwise. Good workout on the switchbacks to the top. Beautiful scenery in every direction. I would clasify this as moderate overall however.

We took the clockwise route which I was told is the faster route to the top, but also harder. IT WAS!!
However, overall it is a good trail with great views and its kept up. We didn't see any water in the creek bed which was depressing, but hopefully some day there will be.

Hard and fun to do. There's a lot of beauty out there, and you feel far away without having to go that far.

I'm 66 and love this trail it's never easy but always feels great when done.

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2 months ago

Brought some friends here today and they love it! Except it's 100 degrees heat.

2 months ago

My first place to do my first hiking and it keeps me going!

Awesome hike, but definitely a morning hike. Bring water because shade is altogether missing on the second half of the hike. For those who like exploring, there are plenty of caves and tar pits to check out!

Love having this trail practically in my backyard... A nice little workout

Good hiking

work your booty kind of trail, if it wasn't for the close encounter with rattle snakes I would go back, just can't stand those creatures...but it is a pretty good hike. 3 review cause of rattle snakes.

The clima was good ai got there early at 7:00 am good workout