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.
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.
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.
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.
Brought some friends here today and they love it! Except it's 100 degrees heat.
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
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
Great Hike so near to Santa Clarita. Views are good. Hike will make you sweat. The occasional rattler will keep you awake.
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.