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.

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1 month ago

What's called the Taylor Loop is now complete meaning it is no longer necessary to walk along the Old Road to connect from Towsley Canyon lots to the little Taylor Loop lot on the Old Road. Starting at the little lot go as you would normally go counter clockwise back over to the Elder Trail and back toward the Towsley lots. Where you would come down back toward the big lot go left at a little fork. This new trail will take you parallel to the old road and back to the little lot. It's not yet well worn so you might have tromp through a little bit of brush.

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3 months ago

I took the Elder then Taylor trail from the big parking lot at the Towsley site and it took me to the small new parking lot near across the street from the freeway's towering concrete refinery machine on the Old Rd. Had to go down Old Rd a little to get back on the trail through another gate. Lupine flowers barely starting to sprout. Just green grass on the trail. If you want a peaceful shorter hike than the big view loop without the crowd, this is it. I will come back in a few more weeks to see if the hills will be covered in flowers, like last year.

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5 months ago

Short, lightly trafficked trail from Rivendale Park on the Taylor Trailer. Connects with the Elder Loop Trail in Towsley Canyon after a little over a mile. Nice way to avoid parking hassles at Towsley Canyon.

Surprisingly nice hike close to the SCV and SFV. The first mile or so, the noise from the freeway and gun range are inescapable, but after that, it quiets down. There are great views of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill (which I find oddly interesting), the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, and on a clear day, the DTLA skyline. There seems to be a tree farm, with water tanks and irrigated oaks. I hiked up to the saddle at Jones Junction and turned around, though you can continue down to East Canyon or west to Mission Point.

on Towsley Canyon to Oak Peak

7 months ago

Nice workout for your legs, lung, and heart. Great panoramic view at the end.

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8 months ago

Pretty nice trail. If you hit a fire road, you are off-track. However, it is quiet and serene back there, so if you feel like it, you can go explore that way. Not much shade, and the path gets too hot for dog paws when it’s sunny. I have a feeling that it will be very pretty when the rains come.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Good warm up before hitting the Towsley Loop trail.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A little confusing. Signs pointing in the direction of the bench would help (I ended up going both directions). But aside from that the trail was awesome. It's a great workout. Seriously kicked my butt.

hiking
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This is an uphill hike to the bench located at the top of the hill.Its a road used by park workers and you walk it all the way.its a moderate hike and inclination is perfect for a heart rate workout.its a quite and ewrry.park at the bottom near the entrance gate.

hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The hike is great and offers stunning views of the Santa Clarita Valley and some of the San Fernando Valley. The Hike is 5 miles but where I parked off of Weldon Canyon and where the loop finishes at the 5 mile mark leaves you no where near the beginning of the trail. It was about a 2 mile walk down the old road to get back to the car. So a loop is not really a description for this hike, but if you dont mind the extra 2 miles the hike is definitely worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The views are well worth the hike. It was a little confusing trying to find places to park. Once you head up the trail it's a bit torn up from the big trucks coming and going. It was super windy and cold but what do you expect on a January day. The views are breathtaking and once you get far enough away from the 5 fwy it is so peaceful and quiet. We saw a lot of birds flying around including a hawk resting on a snag. It was a little confusing once you reach the highest peak it's starts a decent again but there are no signs as to where it continues on. We hiked for 20 more minutes than turned around to head back. It did look like the trail descended back down to the road but we weren't sure where we would end up. Maybe next time we will keep going.

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