I followed the trail via the first entrance, not the way at the end of the road. The climb was awesome with lots of beautiful scenery. There is a sign stating face masks are required, so just have one handy if you pass someone along the path. Highly recommend!

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bugs
6 days ago

Pretty and it’s close to my home. Go early if you don’t like a lot of people with you on the trails!

One of my favorite hikes. Loved those steep uphill. I usually start at the left. It's at least a 5 mile loop. Good work out.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
14 days ago

Really great trail- remember sunscreen & bug spray. Where there’s moisture there’s bugs and there are PLENTY of bugs on this trail. It’s a pretty intense hike, I often see dogs on it, but not sure if I’d really recommend that. If you’re looking for a more intense hike, go in the opposite direction of the loop, but we went the traditional way. It’s a long hike. You feel like you’re never going to stop going up. Had to stop quite a few times, but it is a great workout. Also- watch out for rattlesnakes around this time of year. Communicate with other hikers and let them know if you see any. We did not see any on our hike, but someone stopped us about halfway and said they had seen three. Just be wary.

Parking makes it seem busy but ppl are mostly at the park, not so much the trail. The trail feels very intense when you go later in the day 11a/12p, but plenty of room to take a break and continue. I’d bring shoes with good traction if you want to go up more steep off trail paths. Very calming and beautiful hiking through wildflowers. Views of the mountains on one side and the cities below on the other. Towards the peak there’s a shady tree with a bench, not too occupied. At the top of the trail there’s another bench and open space to take in the views fully with plenty of butterflies. Wouldn’t recommend proceeding to the trail along the fence, I heard multiple rattlesnakes & slowly moved back. You can go back down to the start of the trail, or make a loop towards residential streets and take a short jog back to the Parking lot.

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15 days ago

Beautiful beautiful

Beautiful I loved

If you go the opposite direction it becomes a much more difficult hike.

The reviews are right about the bugs. Stop for a sec and you’ll be surrounded by flies. But this hike was decently challenging with short bursts of steep inclines and beautiful views. I liked the different foliage, the random tar pits, and mineral deposits along the cliff walls. It was a unique hike.

Did this hike yesterday with my wife after a long covid lock down. Fun trail with a couple nice climbs people are friendly... for the most part. We made a point of covering our faces as we passed people on the trail. Most people on the trail were doing the same. One joker coming down the trail as we were climbing coughed as we approached, not bothering to cover his face. I had to restrain myself as I was tempted do him harm as he passed.

It was a great hike. A nice elevation. I feel like it could have been elevated a little more but other than that it was pretty dope. My legs definitely feel like jello

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bugs
25 days ago

Open as of 5/13/20. The parking lots were open also. PARKING: As soon as you turn from Old Road onto Towsley Canyon Road (you can set your GPS to "Parking - Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon"), you will see the parking lot. There is one lot adjacent to the road and another lot a little further. If you can, park at the further one. They are both free. A little further down the road is an overflow pay lot. TRAILHEAD: Located between the second parking lot and the pay lot, on your left. You can't miss the sign. TRAIL: Absolutely stunning. Lush vegetation. Gorgeous views of verdant mountains. Beautiful wildflowers. Darting lizards and dashing butterflies. Tar pits and a gurgling stream. The trail was easy to follow but could have been better marked. It does connect with another trail which could have been marked but wasn't. Additionally, I didn't really see any maps. Taking off a star because I think it's not much effort to put up a couple extra wooden signs that can really help orient people. I did the approximately 5.6 mile loop and took the Don Mullally trail back (as opposed to the easy gravel road back to the parking lot). It was pretty challenging overall and my legs were feeling it afterward. You climb (i.e. walk uphill) for almost half of the hike and spend the other half descending. If you choose to take the Don Mullally trail back, expect to climb for about half a mile and descend for another half. TIPS: -I highly recommend the AllTrails app which has clear trail maps and can really help you if you get lost or disoriented. -I had cell phone service for most of the hike (losing it for only a short interval) so there probably isn't a need to download maps. -I also recommend a trekking pole as my toes were feeling the pain when descending. -Bring ample water as you are in the sun quite a bit plus it's a workout. -Make sure you have lunch or a couple snacks. -Lastly, it was rather buggy so bug spray could be useful here.

It’s open!!!

It’s a great local trail usually crowded but good for trail running! Anyone here have a Gorman that has tracked the elevation?

For a full review of this trail, please check out my video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sss7bqLB8Gw To see more trail reviews, please click this link to subscribe to my channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSnBYnWYktiqxynCwGrak1Q?view_as=subscriber I hiked this trail on May 9th, the first date that the CA state parks reopened. The trail is a moderate to difficult 6 plus mile hike. There is a horse stable on the right hand side as you begin hiking the trail, which starts off gently to the north. There was a downed tree blocking the trail when I went there. About 1/2 mile in, there is a split with the Rice Canyon trail. But, since the Rice Canyon trail was so overgrown, I stuck with the East Canyon. The hike continues up gradually with only 150 foot elevation gain during the first mile. There are also two stream crossings, which are not currently flowing heavily. The trail picks up elevation fast once you hit the switch backs at 1.2=1.5 mils. There is a good amount of shade during the hike that makes it more bearable. The hiker is treated to nice views of the adjacent ridges, including Towsley Canyon. During the course of the hike, it is likely that you will hear some popping from the nearby firing range--but don't worry, you aren't really close to the shooting! At about the 2.5 mile mark, the trail splits off again, with one fork going to the east (left) and the right fork continuing upwards. There are no trail signs marking the junction. If you turn left, you will find yourself on the Weldon Motorway, which leads all the way back to the Old Road (I would not recommend doing this as a loop because you are going to wind up walking along a 4 lane highway for about a mile to return to the parking lot). About 1/2 mile later in the hike, the trail flattens out and there is a saddle to the west. The end of the trail is somewhat anti-climatic; there is a fenced off area and a gate blocking the trail with no trespassing signs. There appears to be some sort of communications site within that blocked off area. At this point, the trail continues down the other side of the hill towards the Mission Peak trail, which is another 2.5-3 miles away. I will review that hike later! Here is the link to my video if you want to see me actually hiking this trail! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sss7bqLB8Gw

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closed
1 month ago

Went April 27, 2020... Trail Closed

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

*****BEWARE***** This place is full of TICKS. Otherwise an amazing trail. Be careful, wear pants, and do a serious tick check before you get in your car.

Nice trail. Dog friendly and the view is great. Best to go spring when everything is green.

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no shade
off trail
scramble
2 months ago

Temp closed

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no shade
2 months ago

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