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.
We did the 5.1 mile loop today. Weather was perfect with a cool breeze. Hills looked green and the trail looked like it was raked recently in the steeper areas and very easy to get around. We went all the way to the back and did the counter clockwise direction. After a series of switchbacks, we crossed a small tar field with a couple of ways to step across it without any problems, and later we smelled sulfur at one section on the way up too. Then after passing the bench and most of the decline back down, there was a small bubbling tar pit that was fun to see off the side of the trail. It was great to see and hear the creek running with water again after so many years of drought. Started at 9:30 and finished by noon, just in time for lunch. Couldn't have timed it better!
Laura H. on Towsley Canyon Loop Trail
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.