Towsley Canyon Loop Trail

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Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, CA that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 1430 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This hike has an amazing variety of sites and smells including strange geologic formations, frothy streambeds, tar pits and many different plant communities. The Tataviam Indians used the naturally occurring asphalt for healing purposes and to seal their basketry. At about the 0.9 mile you will encounter a slot like canyon called the Narrows which contains layers of nearly vertical rock formations. After the passage through the narrows stay left, then after another 200 yards stay left again and climb the switchbacks to the left that is called the Towsley Canyon Loop Trail. Topping out at 2450 feet, the trail begins a steep winding descent and includes breathtaking views of lush hillsides and canyons as it heads into Wiley Canyon. Joining a dirt road turn left and head down the canyon. After almost a mile of hiking take the Canyon View Loop Trail to the left which traverses over a summit and takes you back down to Ed Davis Park by the ranger station.


7 days ago


19 days ago

hiking

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


30 days ago

hiking


1 month ago

Good hiking


1 month ago

Awesome


1 month ago

Great


1 month ago

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.


2 months ago

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


3 months ago

hiking

Great Hike so near to Santa Clarita. Views are good. Hike will make you sweat. The occasional rattler will keep you awake.


3 months ago

Great hike! Small rocky stream, a couple of rattlesnakes, some wildflowers, and seeping oil and sulfur smell in a few places make this an interesting route. I went counterclockwise and enjoyed it. Not crowded at all. I'll definitely do it again.


3 months ago

hiking

Missed the trailhead so ended going counter clockwise instead. Will have to check out a few other short trails next time. For those who bring their four legged friend, you'll want to be careful walking your dogs through the tar area. Best to pick them up to cross or leave them at home.


3 months ago

hiking

It's a Love Hate Relationship with this trail I love it because it's a great workout nice view easy to follow
And I hate it because it always kicks my Butt!
Be careful with snakes.


3 months ago

hiking

Rough and uneven terrain, but a great local workout!


3 months ago

Went in the wrong way but very fun


4 months ago

hiking

Great trail. Missed the clockwise trail entrance right after passing the parking fee area. Ended up doing the 5.4-mile loop counter-clockwise, finishing the trail running down the long downhill. Technical trail if mountain biking.


4 months ago

hiking

Hard trail, about 6 miles long (loop), but totally worth it. One of the best I have hiked.
Few tips;
Take the trail counter-clock wise. The climb is more moderate.
If you are not into a hard one, take the scenic trail, about 2 miles long.
Better to hike in the morning, When it gets hot, it is HOT. Bring plenty of fluids, hat, hiking sticks, binoculars, camera, dress comfortably, especially shoes. Get ready for about 3 hours of hiking. I have seen so many who quit because they were ill-prepared.
The trail is clear and well maintained. You cannot get lost, Stay on the main trail. Prepare for snakes crossing your path. There are about 5 Tar Pits, 2 of them right on the trail itself still oozing tar. Spend time at the top of the hill, the view is amazing in all directions.


5 months ago

hiking

First time here, we were not familiar with the complete trail. we took a shorter modified version. good hike steep terrain, great version for someone getting into or getting back into hiking. leaving the parking lot we stayed on the road to the right till we got to the beginning of the park, entered onto the trail south, crossed over the mountain till we came to the "T" on the trail and we then made a left and followed it back to the parking lot. good hike, not a lot of shade, suggest going in the morning. not knowing we went in the afternoon approx. 11:30 am, luckily we had hats and enough water for the duration of our hike.


5 months ago

Great parking and we'll maintained trail.


5 months ago

nice loop. but come early. nice challenge


5 months ago

Nice easy escape