Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, California 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.
dogs on leash
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.
I love this trail. Gorgeous mountain views, quite a climb. I prefer to go straight back on the dirt road all the way to the closed road rope off where you can continue on the right (tends to be the backward way). This way, uphill is a bunch of switchbacks and a steeper decline.
Great hike. Really gets your legs working. Only thing is the smell of sewage towards the back of the loop. Not the worst thing in the world, but it gets you.
Always a good challenge. I start the trail from the left just after the parking lot. There is a really steep part that is slippery so it's better to go up it then down it. I also love the view coming down the switch backs. Kinda looks like your heading into a box canyon and is spectacular. It is definitely a better hike this time of the year....no boiling sun and no snakes. I did see a deer today which was cool. She just looked at me and kept munching away at the brush.
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.