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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.

If you like switchback up and down, this is the trail for you.

trail running
3 days ago

Solid hike and tough trail. At one point I was staring off and stumbled upon on 2 deer chilling on the trail. Great 360 views, a couple of tar pits and a tree swing at the top. The only drawback were the very aggressive flies, at one point they were dive bombing my face. It was beyond annoying. Will definitely take bug spray if/when I go back.

hiking
1 month ago

The temperature was ideal for a mid-day hike (I would avoid hiking this in the afternoon on a really hot day) so my girlfriend and I did the clockwise route at about noon. The path is very well maintained with a lot of foot traffic. We saw a rattle snake that had just moved off the trail so beware. Lots of lizards, birds and gorgeous wildflowers. The bubbling tar pits are interesting. Views from the top are spectacular on a clear day! This hike has several hill climbs that will test your endurance. The hills are slow, steady, not very steep, but go on for awhile. Bring water and watch your step for crawly things.

hiking
1 month ago